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Old 10-20-2004, 09:29 AM   #1
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GRUB problems

I installed SuSE 9.1 Professional without using a boot loader to do so. WHen I had installed it previously, I used NT Loader to select Linux and then had to select Linux again under GRUB. TO avoid this, I did not install GRUN this time around.
The problem is that I cannot boot into Linux from the hard disk. I have to use the boot CD. If I select Linux in the list of options (from the boot.ini file) I either get a blinking prompt or "Invalid Partition Table". I used the "dd" command to copy the Linux partition table and pasted it into my Windows C: drive and made an appropriate entry in the boot.ini file.

I tried installing GRUB again using the SuSE YAST repair mode, but kept getting errors such as: "boot loader was not installed properly". I am at a loss as to what I should do.
When I run the "df" command, I do not see a \boot entry. The only entries are for \dev\hda7 \, \dev\hda6 \dev\shm (SWAP).
Any help in either getting around the GRUB boot loader or with it will be appreciated.
Old 10-20-2004, 12:31 PM   #2
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okay, I will eventually write a howto on this, as the question comes up so often.

short answer: use the grub console from something like knoppix.

long answer: search my previous posts for grub.


Old 10-21-2004, 08:14 AM   #3
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df is used to look at partitiions and if you did not make a /boot partition then the folder boot is under the / partition.

Now I am not entirely sure how to advise you as you don't say why you are afraid to use a linux bootloader.

lets assume you are easing yourself in, then its ntldr in mbr and that then points to a linux boot loader that chainloads into linux.

Otherwise you use (eg) grub in mbr to get into linux and that then points to ntldr files on your C drive to boot windows. also known as chainloading. Your choice. Have a bo peep at both if you care to here
keeping windows bootloader is my way of talking about ntldr.exe but there is lots on grub.


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