LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 03-08-2009, 08:22 PM   #1
compchris
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2009
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Windows XP partition corrupts after installation of OpenSUSE 11.1


I have been trying furiously for hours to try to get my OpenSUSE 11.1 and Windows XP to play nice together. Here is what I have done:

I partitioned my computer using GParted in the following manner:
1-Windows XP NTFS
2-Linux Swap Partition
3-OpenSUSE Partition ext3

Second, I restored an image created with Norton Ghost 2003 to the NTFS partition. I restarted the computer, and I believe I got an error message that said something like "Could not find hal.dll." I ignored the message assuming that this was the computers way of telling me that the boot sector file became corrupt due to having multiple partitions.

Then I went on to install OpenSUSE onto the ext3 partition. The installation went very smooth. OpenSUSE booted fine also. I now have a GRUB boot selector with three choices; OpenSUSE, OpenSUSE (some kind of failsafe), and Windows.

I select Windows, and it fails to boot. So I try one more thing:

I boot up my Ghost restore CD and restore the Windows partition once more. I reboot it, making sure to select windows from the GRUB bootloader menu, and Windows fails to boot again. I reboot the computer and select OpenSUSE, and it boots just fine.

What have I done wrong?
 
Old 03-08-2009, 08:43 PM   #2
watcher69b
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2007
Location: /home/watcher69b
Distribution: RH, Fedora & CentOS
Posts: 548

Rep: Reputation: 40
can you boot to a windows utility like bartsPE? Can you see your Windows?

hal.dll is the hardware abstratcion layer. you really need it with windows. you maybe able to get a new one. I can explain how to later...

also can you post your /boot/grub/menu.lst
for us?

Thanks
 
Old 03-09-2009, 04:32 AM   #3
salasi
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2007
Location: Directly above centre of the earth, UK
Distribution: SuSE, plus some hopping
Posts: 4,064

Rep: Reputation: 894Reputation: 894Reputation: 894Reputation: 894Reputation: 894Reputation: 894Reputation: 894
Did you have enough space on your Windows partition? It sounds as if, for some reason, not everything got copied...maybe the source for your windows copy was incomplete in some way.
 
Old 03-09-2009, 06:54 AM   #4
Junior Hacker
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: North America
Distribution: Debian testing Mandriva Ubuntu
Posts: 2,687

Rep: Reputation: 61
Did you Google your error? I'm guessing #4 will pull you out of this one. I recently had this error, but for me it was because I restored my image to another drive rather than the first one set to boot in the bios, I had to set my boot manager to remap it (swap drives) so Windows was tricked into thinking it was back on the first drive.
 
  


Reply

Tags
grub


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Windows corrupts MBR danielsbrewer Linux - General 3 09-27-2007 01:42 AM
USB thumb drive corrupts whenever plugged into Linux, but not windows. RHLinuxGUY Linux - Hardware 1 08-12-2006 09:00 PM
OpenSUSE installation corrupted my hard drive? Can't start Windows now sandeepg SUSE / openSUSE 2 01-14-2006 12:17 PM
linux corrupts windows fakie_flip Linux - Software 1 12-29-2005 12:01 AM
Mandrake DiskDrake corrupts my partition table vincebs Mandriva 5 01-31-2004 11:41 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:20 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration