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Old 09-19-2005, 11:41 AM   #1
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Exclamation Vista ate my GRUB!

I've been happily dualbooting with SuSE 9.1 and XP Pro using GRUB. I had an extra partition, so I decided to test out Vista. I knew full well that MS doesn't play nice with other OSs, but I figured I could go in and fix it myself.

I attempted to boot with a 9.1 CD-ROM, but the boot process blew right by the CD and went into the Win bootloader (which looks like two loaders, one after the other). Checking the BIOS, I confirmed that CD-ROM was first in the boot order. Other CD-ROMS (such as the XP install disk or my Acronis True Image boot CD) DO boot as they should.

I then used the 9.1 install CD #1 to make a set of boot floppies, using rawrite, which came on the CD. Booting to the floppies, I get an error message saying "I'm SUSE Linux module disk 1. I cannot boot. :-(" (yes, the frowny was in the message!).

Is there a way I gen get all three OSs to play nicely? Would I be able to go in and repair GRUB using SuSE 8.2 or Knoppix? Any idvice with the weird double bootloader Windows has come up with?

Old 09-19-2005, 12:21 PM   #2
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I found that any windows would eat my grub/lilo and occasionally my linux. So, yes, using a boot floppy or bootable CD (such as knoppix, knoppix is good) you should be able to go in and fix grub.

hope this helps

since vista isn't out yet, it is still potentially unstable (ok, so any windows is potentially unstable, but we won't go into that)

rescue floppies:


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Old 09-19-2005, 05:16 PM   #3
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Thanks a million! I booted Knoppix, was able to install GRUB into the MBR, and I'm happily triple-booting!


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