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Old 11-29-2005, 10:19 AM   #1
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Linux boot problem

Hi guys, I need some help!
I have Win 2K SP4 on my computer (with NTFS partitions) and I decided to install a SuSE Linux 9.1 as well. So I created an ext2 partition (10 GB primary) and a swap partition (500 MB primary). Somehow I ignored BootMagic at first and tried OSL2K as a boot manager. Then I launched the setup program. It succesfully recognized the intented partitions and formatted them. GRUB was set as system loader (I didn't pay attention for that). When the setup was over and my comp restarted it couldn't boot and it gave a message: GRUB error. I tried to reinstall Linux with LiLo but it only messed up my screen with six rows of 01s. Eventually, I had to delete the partition and recreate it with a rescue disk to be able to reinstall and boot into windows. I gave it a new chance, installed boot magic and added a new OS from the ext2 partition (BM didn't recognize it automatically). Again, I reinstalled linux, this time with no OS loader. BM recognizes windows (and is able to start it) but shows 'Unavailable' instead of linux in the list and can't start it up. So what am I to do now?
Old 11-29-2005, 11:13 AM   #2
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This mentions disabling bootmagic when you install another os. I suppose you can use it but instead of not as well as grub/lilo. If you decide to try again, remove other boot managers first then install new os with grub in mbr and you should be ok.
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Install Suse's Grub or Lilo in its root partition.

Boot Magic and all their variants can't boot a Linux directly but only its boot loader. It does it by calling Suse's boot loader out and hands over the control to Grub or Lilo.

Don't know your system but no boot loader beats Grub.

Proof : one Grub floppy can boot any of the 80+ systems in my box. When something so simple that can boot any Dos, Windows, Linux, BSD, Solaris (also Darwin X86 too!)would qualify to use the word "magic".


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