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Old 04-22-2004, 11:09 PM   #1
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SuSe 9.0/WindowsXP Pro Dual Boot (bootdisk)

Alright, I'm sorry if this question has been answered before. I've searched the forums and google, but I haven't found anything that has been helpful yet.

I installed suse and things were going well, but I've always been afraid of changing the MBR, so I restored the original MBR. When I turn on the pc, it boots windows fine. I can get into the suse partition using the boot disk, by using the installation option and choosing to boot a previously installed version. I want to be able to have a disk, be it a cd or a floppy that will just boot directly to the suse partition, but using the kernel on harddrive because with that kernel everything runs properly.

It's difficult for me to use suse because I'm very new to it and I'm restricted to the keyboard. I've been able to manuever around a little bit, but I haven't been able to get it to boot properly.

Any help will be greatly appriciated.
Old 04-23-2004, 01:41 AM   #2
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You can make a GRUB or LILO bootdisk and have it load the kernel on the harddrive, check the documentations on how to do it.
Old 04-23-2004, 02:40 AM   #3
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Here's something from the grub faq:
Old 04-23-2004, 04:44 AM   #4
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using suse 9.0 u have a very comfortable interface to configure grub:
yast -> boot configuration
u can easily configure a dual boot with it that doesnt need a bootdisk and u can select which system should be loaded by default

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Old 04-23-2004, 11:02 AM   #5
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Don't be afraid to install to MBR never had a problem and it's so much easier than a floppy.
Old 04-23-2004, 08:45 PM   #6
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Late to this thread, but as I have the same dual-boot, I would like to add my little bit of wisdom (and so far, it IS still little - I'm a Linux newbie).
I have Windows XP Pro on my first partition and SuSE 9.0 inhabits the rest of my hard drive. On installation I chose to install GRUB bootloader in MBR. It is a lot more flexible then LILO and you can configure it to do exactly what you want. You can still install it now, it won't change your Windows installation. If you prefer to work in the SuSE GUI, find your way to "Control Centre", then to "YaST modules" (should be on top), then "Boot Loader". From there you can let YaST search your hard drive for other installations. It will find Windows XP. Otherwise you can edit GRUB to add Windows as a chainloader +1.
Another way to set up your bootloader is by installing and running Webmin. This works from GUI in your web browser. Download the rpm version from , install it and open your browser. The address is http://"hostnameofyour computer":10000
Find your way to "hardware", then select GRUB and edit from there.

Should you ever wish to uninstall SuSE, you can return your MBR to its previous state by running the Windows XP setup disc and running repair or copy the NTLDR file to hard disc.

Alternatively, you can create a boot floppy in Control Centre as well - it's a nice stand-by in any case.

Good luck!


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