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Old 05-18-2004, 04:28 AM   #16
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I've decided that the only way to proceed is to format Windows and re-install it. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about the linux boot, but I'm presuming that if I can get windows working, then I can repair the linux install (like I did after fixing the MBR) and it should (hopefully) have them working in tandem!

Wish me luck!
Old 05-23-2004, 04:55 PM   #17
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Further to my last post, I decided to leave it until the weekend to fix my computer. Being able to devote more time to it etc.

I also decided that I wasn't going to be beaten by the evils of Windows, and thought I'd try a few things. I found that by performing a chkdsk on my windows partition that it suddenly went from not being able to read it at all, to able to see all the files and directories! Fantastic I thought, and restarted to find that windows now worked again.

So, then it was a case of checking that linux stilled worked as well... this is where everything fell apart again.
Linux didn't work any more. Poo (to put it politely)!

I inserted my Suse 9.1 Pro 64-bit DVD, and restarted my computer. It booted from that, and I went to the pick an option screen. I told it to do a standard install. It went through the usual stuff, and then it told me that there was already a copy installed, and asked if I'd like to re-install, or repair an old one. I picked repair, and let it do it's stuff. It found all the problems and fixed them. I restarted, and let it boot up into Linux. This time I only got a command promt, not the usual GUI enviroment. I logged in and then shut down.

I use a 19" AOC monitor (normally on a DVI), but I noticed that it didn't seem to like my video setup in the last startup, so I unplugged the DVI and put in the standard VGA connector. I again restarted, and BINGO(!) a working Linux with KDE environment!

But was Windows massacred in the process?

I again restarted, but this time into Windows... and I waited. The screen got to the point where previously it had crashed and the screen paused (bol***ks I thought) and then it carried on! It booted into Windows, and it would appear, at least at the moment, that I have two fully working operating systems. The only draw back is that I've lost my DVI, but I can live with that.

So, if anyone else comes across the same problem... perhaps they could give what I did a go!

Old 05-23-2004, 07:39 PM   #18
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I doubt this will help much but ive had some of the same probs before. But for those who are having probs with XP/SuSE and you half to reinstall XP well dont be afraid that you half to reinstall SuSE again bc the boot loader is gone...If you boot from the suse cd and then click on Repair current installion you should be given a choice to just intall a new boot loader...I know that helped me a lot! but ive never had XP and SuSE come in conflict with each other...only wish SuSE could 100% sucessfully write to NTFS...
Old 06-13-2004, 09:23 AM   #19
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XP and Suse 9.1

I was reading the reviews listed on Suse's site:
and in the second article:
an xp/Suse problem is identified. It appears that I am experiencing the same problem. I am still in the install stage (using the ftp install, sloooo) and will try this fix once it is complete. In the meantime thismay help you out:


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