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Old 02-18-2004, 04:29 PM   #1
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help i f***ed up...... XP/SuSE/FC2-test-1 grub cant get to suse

first off i would like to thank everyone on this board for all answers they have provided me with, for it has allowed me to free myself from windows.

I have been using Suse 9.0 pro for some time and i love it, but have lots of hard drive space so thought i would try Fedora Core 2 test 1.

when i installed it i thought i added added my suse.

when i choose suse from the boot loader options it says something like
something something
chainloader +1

here is my grub.conf file if needed

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You do not have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
# root (hd0,3)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda4
# initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
title Fedora Core 2 test 1 (2.6.1-1.65)
root (hd0,3)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.1-1.65 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.1-1.65.img
title SuSE Linux 9.0
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1
title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

any help to fix this so i can boot into suse will be apreciated.
Old 02-19-2004, 05:37 AM   #2
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The simplest thing is to boot using your SuSE DVD (or CD) and cancel out of the installation process and select either the "boot installed OS" (not at a linux box, so this is from memory), or a second similar choice (a little help here folks...)

Anyways, this tells SuSE to boot up your already installed system by telling which partition to boot. From there you can repair & rerun grub.

As for your grub config file, this looks fishy:

title Fedora Core 2 test 1 (2.6.1-1.65)
root (hd0,3)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.1-1.65 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.1-1.65.img
title SuSE Linux 9.0
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1
I can't help but notice that you don't seem to have a kernel in mind when you are booting into SuSE. Details, details...

So if I get this right, you can boot into Fedora?

If so, boot into Fed and mount your SuSE partition (/dev/hda2 it appears) and get the names of the SuSE initrd and vmlinuz files that you wish to use (hint: you can purloin this info from the /SuSE/boot/grub.conf file that resides on the SuSE partition. Just replace the /SuSE with the actual mount point or partition).

Add these lines into your /boot/grub.conf using the absolute path to the files (alternatively you could copy these files over to the Mandrake side) like this:

root (hd0,1)
kernel /dev/hda2/boot/vmlinuz
initrd /dev/hda2/boot/initrd

Notice that you can use both the old method of describing a partition (good) with the new way (evil)?

Not that I have a preference... Actually, I still wonder how grub is better than lilo. Shrug.

Save the file (you did make a backup first?), run "grub-install /dev/hda" as root.



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