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Old 08-11-2004, 06:41 PM   #1
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Question Im new to all this linux stuff! So please help!


I have just installed SUSE using an ISO CD, all seemed good, got my bearings and so, but how the hell can i boot my windows XP os? when I reboot, I get a message saying 'grub geom error'

Any help wold be greatfull


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seems like you did something to the loader. Can you boot linux?
Old 08-12-2004, 02:31 AM   #3
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hmmm... are they on two different hdds?? or the same?? try reinstalling it,
BTW: where did u get the iso from???
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Read this, it might be the reason.
Old 08-12-2004, 03:11 AM   #5
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The above situation also happen to me, Unable to boot XP after suse9.1 pro install. I did not fuss over loosing XP. Can you boot SUSE?
Old 08-12-2004, 06:26 AM   #6
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Boot into the install process and when it asks for type of install, (clean, upgrade, etc) choose repair system, when it asks you if you are having problems with the bootloader say yes and it will reinstall the bootloader with any options you pick. If you used Grub last time try Lilo or vice versa. It happened to me too with SuSE 9.1 Pro and that fixed it.
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you can set mbr back to normal, you will not have the chance to change what os you want to boot.

to restore use win98 cd and use this command fdisk/mbr
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It you configure the GRUB bootloader correctly, you will have a menu asking what OS to boot. However, it sounds as though your bios does not like the MBR. If you don't know how Grub functions, I suggest you go to

Read their documentation. It has meanings of all the errors, commands, etc.

When you reboot, is there a menu asking for your OS? Because, if not, you likely have a Stage 2 Grub error, and no amount of reinstalling will fix that. You're best bet is to research the nature of the error and then fiddle with the bios until it boots properly.

I think your problem is with Grub rather than windows. If you get Grub to boot to the "OS Menu", XP should boot. If not, in the boot config file, replace the windows boot script with

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Also, if you happen upon a Grub command line GRUB> , you can type those commands in, in that order, to boot windows almost surefire. Unless you're windows is corrupted.


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