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Old 12-03-2004, 10:52 PM   #1
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I just got done installing SUSE pro 9.1 and I can't boot to it. My setup is as follows:
Hard Drive 1:
Windows XP on 40GB drive
Drive 2(120GB):
SUSE swap (1GB I think)
35GB reiser w/ SUSE installed to it

I have the book "linux in a nutshell" and I read the entire GRUB section and I am still unsure of why it won't work, though I'm thinking I may need to flash my BIOS...

I read that to boot to windows, I do a:
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

So to boot to SUSE I should do a
root (hd1,2)
boot (hd1,2)

Well when I do root (hd1,2) it gives me the error:
"Error 18: Selected cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS"

I'm guessing I need to flash my BIOS, or reinstall SUSE (which took about 2 hours, darnit, I want too much!) closer to the begining of the drive.

Can anyone think of a way around either of these things, or a way to fix this problem (If I'm doing something wrong in GRUB)? I am sort of weary of flashing my BIOS because I've never done it, I don't have the money for a new board ATM, and I've heard plenty of horror stories about people's boxes dying on em....

Thanks for any help!
-The Grunt
Old 12-04-2004, 02:18 AM   #2
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Grub can boot Linux natively, but not windows. You need the makeactive part for windows, not Linux. Here is what my SuSE entry in /boot/grub/menu.lst looks like. Your's should be similar.
title SuSE 8.2 Professional
kernel (hd0,5)/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda8 vga=0x31a splash=verbose showopts
initrd (hd0,5)/initrd
hd0,5 references my /boot partition. hda8 references my root partition. Adjust to suit your setup.

PS If you see the kernel line and splash line as two lines, they should all be on one line.

Last edited by bigrigdriver; 12-04-2004 at 02:20 AM.
Old 12-04-2004, 09:11 AM   #3
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Ok, that didn't work... I can't get that far into it. When I try to tell it where it is, it gives me the BIOS error... I think I need to update my BIOS... Anyone know where I can find a .bin file for 6.00 award BIOS?


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