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Old 05-19-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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problem with suse 10.1 grub bootloader when loading winXP

Okay, I managed to screw up my boot config somehow.

here's whats happening,

w/o the installation Cd I get the error message "no such partition exists" when I go and pick what OS I want to load up (XP or SUSE)

with the installation cd in the drive I can boot up into suse 10.1 w/o a hitch, but when I try and go into winxp, its says ntldr is missing, control alt del to reboot.

how do i go about fixing this problem withou screwing up my winxp setup?
I have a DVD image of 10.1 saved, and don't want to lose it....
Old 05-19-2006, 05:45 PM   #2
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A hopeflly helpfull howto

Unfortunately I've seen this error before and have never yet managed to recover from it without re-installing windows. Someone might have an idea, I can however recommend this site which helped me fix the problem (after re-installing windows) Hope this helps:

Old 05-19-2006, 09:38 PM   #3
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Difficult to say without seeing your grub config and /etc/fstab files.

When you installed SuSE, did you install grub to the MBR or the Master hard drive, or to the root partition of SuSE?

Let us have a look at /boot/grub/menu.lst and /etc/fstab. The solution may lie there.
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I remember having that "ntldr is missing" too.
Sometimes it's about the drive geometry.
I used to install WinXP w/ "LBA" and then when I tried to run it using "Normal" in the BIOS, that's what I get. So I had to change it back to "LBA" again. I did'nt seem to have that problem with Linux though.
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From a Linux terminal, enter these (as root maybe), and post the output
fdisk -l
cat /boot/grub/menu.lst


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