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Old 03-25-2008, 11:15 AM   #1
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Linux dual boot gone since i reinstalled windows

Hi everybody, I installed linux to dual boot on my windows machine a couple of months ago. I've just reinstalled windows on the machine and it is not dual booting anymore it just goes straight to windows. Can anyone help me. I didnt delete the linux partition if thats what anyone thinks.

Thanks in advance.
Old 03-25-2008, 11:51 AM   #2
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Windows has the nasty habit of destroying the Linux boot loader. I don't think there's any easier solution than reinstalling Linux.
Old 03-25-2008, 11:56 AM   #3
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Is there any way i can just remove linux altogether and leave the empty space to windows
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Boot from linux install cd, type in "linux rescue" at the boot prompt.
let it boot to command prompt and locate your linux partition using "fdisk -l"

your rescue environment may or may not attempt to mount your linux install automatically. Make sure you read the messages.
If it is redhat, it probably mounted your linux partition to /mnt/sysimage/
otherwise you can mount it yourself "mount /dev/sda2 /mnt"(sda2 is hypothetical).
chroot to where you mounted your linux partition.
"chroot /mnt/sysimage" or "chroot /mnt"

type in "grub-install /dev/sda" (once again sda is hypothetical)


This will work on redhat/centos but your mileage may vary.
Old 03-25-2008, 12:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. Its open suse 10.3 I have. If i reinstall it will it automatically reinstall onto the current linux partition
Old 03-25-2008, 01:28 PM   #6
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If you boot your Suse cd/dvd, it should have an option to repair/restore the bootloader. If you have seen enough of Linux, just overwrite the Linux partition with an ntfs partition.

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