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Old 08-30-2004, 05:26 PM   #1
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I have two problems!

I am operating on linux right now but i need help being able to acess windows! i dont know to get back to it.. when i do the yast repair and try to set windows as default it wont let me. i also want to install linux on my new hard drive. please help!
Old 08-30-2004, 06:05 PM   #2
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Well, you mention YaST so I guess we are talking SuSE. I don't know what version you are using, but I think since 8.2 (at least) SuSE uses GRUB as the default boot loader. If you chose lilo at install for the boot loader then lilo.conf would be the correct file to edit. Otherwise, changing lilo.conf won't do much to change GRUB's default boot OS.

I think we may need some more info here.
Old 09-03-2004, 08:30 PM   #3
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Cann't agree with ya more. We need some more info here. I think I know what happened. He tried to install SuSE 9.1 on a system with Windows XP. The default boot loader on 9.1 is GRUB with an overwrite of the Master Boot Record (MBR). SuSE 9.1 does not recognize the NTFS so when the MBR is overwritten it leaves NTFS as "Unknown File System". Now the only thing that comes up is SuSE 9.1 booting with GRUB the NTFS Killer! SuSE folks do not make this plain in what documentation they have and not only that, but no information on how to recover. This is were I am now trying to figure out how to recover my XP sys and then dual boot. I just bought PartitionMagic 8.0 with hopes that this would help but it will only install on a window system, I think, which I cannot boot up.

I just found out that the suse 9.1 parted driver (the device that partitions the HD) has a problem with large HD systems and the old 1024 limitation, I have a single 160 GB drive. They have a new driver for "parted" on their FTP site that I tried but it didn't work for me. It hung up on a loop between select a disk (broken) and would you like me to fix the partition table -- over an over -- ? The problem I have with this is that if I cannot transfer files between win's folks and myself I'll soon loose (lots a) business.

I did this on a new HP pavilion a620n that does not have a floppy drive.
If you help here you will probably also help above fellow also.


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