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Old 11-03-2004, 02:10 PM   #1
pietsebrie
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Dualboot: XP, SUSE 9.1 Personal broken


I had a working dualboot windows XP, SUSE 9.1 personal.But I ran into problems with my XP and had to reinstall it. Now at startup my computer goes straigth to XP. How can I get my dualboot menu at startup back. It was LILO at first but Grub is also OK.

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Old 11-03-2004, 02:22 PM   #2
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here's the general idea - ask specific questions for detailed answers...

you need your boot disk.

1) using boot disk, mount your old linux partition.
2) reinstall your boot-loader to boot-device (mbr?)

are you using a /boot partition?

what partition is active?
 
Old 11-03-2004, 03:09 PM   #3
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extra info

I've got 2 80GB SATA Hard disks, one for windows, one for linux

My LILO was installed on my first HD together with Windows(HDA), Suse was on the second HD(HDB).

Now HDA boots straight into windows XP and HDB contains my unreachable SUSE 9.1 personal

I understand I need a bootdisk.
Isn't there a floppy disk somewhere that I can download? I boot from this floppy,which detects my operation systems and installs a LILO?

Sounds lazy but it's just an idea, if I need to go by a harder way, so be it.

thanks
 
Old 11-03-2004, 03:16 PM   #4
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i don't know of anything to automatically rebuild that for you, but you can probably boot off your install disk....

you had lilo installed on Windows disk -- therefore now it has been deleted?

or was it on another partition?
 
Old 11-08-2004, 05:57 AM   #5
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I tried booting of the suse 9.1 personal install CD, but I didn't see any options that could help me out.

I also tried to find something in my BIOS, which would allow me to choose from wich hard drive to boot. But I could only choose between CD-rom, floppy,HD. I didn't find an option to choose between my different HD's

My lilo indeed was on the windows HD I formatted later. (No to smart of me I guess)
 
Old 11-09-2004, 03:55 AM   #6
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When I put my suse bootdisk back in and choose the rescue option.
I'm getting the login prompt.

login:

I login as root. where to go from there?

when I go to /home I don't see the users I should have. I don't really know on which disk I am working at that point
 
Old 11-09-2004, 06:25 AM   #7
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Try the following:

boot from your suse-cd and choose 'Installation' from the menu. Somewhere in the early setup process, Yast should recognize that there is already an installed version on your hdd and offer you the option to repair the existing installation.

Otherwise: from the rescue-system login prompt, try to mount the root partition to, lets say /mnt/rescue, then type 'chroot /mnt/rescue' Now you should have your old structure back. Then you need to reinstall the bootloader. I don't know if yast is functional in this configuration, but it is worth a try. Otherwise you need to install Lilo or Grub from command line:

http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2002/0..._overview.html
http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/1996/06/nt2.html

Good luck!
 
Old 11-10-2004, 03:09 AM   #8
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SUSE is back

OK it works again

What I basicly did:

I booted from the SUSE CD, and choose the 'installation' option.
I pushed next unil the installation procedure said it was going to erase all the info on my HD, to install a new SUSE. This was not what I wanted, so I pushed cancel, and then puched 'cancel installation'
Then the install procedure suddenly gave my a list of all my partitions on all my HD's to boot from. I've choosen the partition on which my SUSE was installed. SUSE then booted.

In SUSE I went into YAST, looking for the bootloader configurator(the shoe icon).
In the bootloader configuration menu, I made some changes like 'write info to mbr',.... (all the things that should be done).pushed ok. Restarted my PC, and my bootloader was back.

Thanks for your help guys
 
Old 11-10-2004, 03:25 AM   #9
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Thanks for the feedback!
I've never tried this myself, so it's very nice to see that and how it works in reality!
 
  


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