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Old 07-22-2004, 03:48 AM   #1
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Operating System Not Found


I installed Suse 9 in december and have been running it since with no boot problems. I have minimal amount of knowledge with Linux so i thought I would start at the beginning. I configured the Suse box as a samba server so I could save all my files and photos of the kids. This has not given me any problems in the past. However, the other day we had a power cut and since then the computer tries to boot but I get the following message Operating System Not Found. I tried to rescue the system using disk1 but it is asking for the locaation of the swap file as i do not have enough memory, i do not know the location of the file. I allowed Suse to configure all the settings for me as I was new to Linux, so has it done it automatically.

I have checked the bios to ensure it is looking at the correct hard drive.

What is the error telling me? How do I get aroud it?

Any Help would be much appreciated
Old 07-22-2004, 04:10 AM   #2
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im assuming that your drive is IDE, cause u havent mentioned otherwise..

anyway , for ide, the usual format is /dev/hda(x)

im not sure how its done in suse...but the swap file is usually placed before the root im guessing..

/dev/hda1/ = swap

/dev/hda2/ = root

Doesnt the suse rescue disk have some sort of partition manager? u can get a look at which drive is swap thru that...if u have windows installed, then this is probably it..

/dev/hda1/ = windows
/dev/hda2/ = swap
/dev/hda3/ = root

basicaly trial and error.. oh and if ure drive is SCSI, the 'hda' becomes 'sda', and if ure boot device is the second drive(slave), then its /dev/hdb
Old 07-22-2004, 04:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for replying,

The drive is IDE I have just downloaded a drive utility from maxtor to check the drive. I entered the /dev/hda1 but with no joy. I didnt see a partition manager on the cd i booted from
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If you check a drive, don't enter the number. (/dev/hda for the first drive)
If you can boot any linux, try
#fdisk -l
should output the partition-table for all disks.
Swap has type 82, ext2 type 83.
Old 07-22-2004, 05:49 AM   #5
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can I use the fdisk command when booting from the cd


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