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Old 10-18-2004, 12:38 PM   #1
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Exclamation SuSE 9.1 and Windows Xp refuse to live in harmony: error loading windows through GRUB

a long time ago i was forced to reformat my HDD and when i was installing windows XP (pro) i had decided to split my 40G hdd in half and leave 20GB's of unformatted and unpartitioned space in case i ever wanted to have a dual boot system (which i have had sucessfully in the past with winxp & redhat9) because i didnt want to try redhat again (was having many issues with drivers) i decided to try SuSE V9.1 personal

i got the cd, installed it and it works fine, no problems with drivers at all, GRUB on the otherhand... thats giving me many many issues because now i cannot boot into windows, when i try to, GRUB gives me the following error..

root (HD0,0)
filesystem type unknown: partition type 0X7

i am quite sure that the windows partition is not corrupt because i can still access all the files on my windows partition through SuSE

how can i go about fixing this?

if i cannot be repaired, how can i uninstall grub and install another os selection program? (i dont know of any others so suggestions are helpful...)
Old 10-18-2004, 12:47 PM   #2
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Suse personal edition is so stripped down that it makes an excellent case for sticking with Windows.

Your windows partition still exists. Try using Mandrake or Suse FTP installation and a new bootloader will be installed and it will probably see windows and configure properly.

The most popular OS selection program is lilo, however, you aren't going to have any more luck configuring that than you are grub now.

If you want to keep fighting with Suse Personal Edition, then look for this file:


and post the contents here.

It would also be useful if you did su and then ran this command:

fdisk -l (that's an L)

and post those results here too.
Old 10-18-2004, 07:48 PM   #3
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Location: Orlinda TN USA
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The same thing happened to my on my 9.1 pro with identical error message. It seems that Suse used Redhat "parted" program that had a bug in giving Grub the partition data. There is a fix out but I'm in a rush right now and will get back with the info I found. Oh, be very careful and I have not tried the fix using two fdisk programs that were suggested and used. I will be back.
Old 10-19-2004, 07:47 AM   #4
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