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Old 03-25-2005, 08:29 AM   #1
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Unhappy System refuses to boot... SuSE 9.2

Bit of a complex one here...

Installed SuSE 9.2 via ftp onto a 20Gb partition on my XP box. Everything went fine until the system rebooted and it hung just saying "GRUB" with a flashing curser, nothing else. If the boot CD is used to boot the installed system I can get into SuSE and everything works perfectly. My former Gentoo installation on the same system had no problems with GRUB.

I went through a few repair options in YaST to fix the boot loader to no avail and then thought "Bugger this, I'll just use NTLDR to boot SuSE and XP." (Yes, you can use NTLDR to boot Linux).

None of my XP CD's will boot for some reason - they all hang at "Setup is inspecting your hardware configuration". I had to resort to using XP's 6 boot floppys! Nothing I do in the XP Repair Console will fix the problem, be that FIXMBR or FIXBOOT - both fail to boot the system.

I'm tearing my hair out at this, can someone give me any idea what's wrong?


Old 03-25-2005, 08:47 AM   #2
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I say get booted into XP and wipe the MBR with fdisk.. start from scratch per se and reboot to allow XP to rewrite its boot info to the MBR.
Then if you want to use grub, boot from your Suse cd's and rebuild grub, etc, or just see if you can configure NTLDR to boot either..
Old 03-25-2005, 09:15 AM   #3
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Should have thought of that...

Just to keep myself right, boot into the Recovery Console and type
fdisk /mbr
then reboot? XP should then boot correctly and I can then get NTLDR to boot SuSE...



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