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Old 10-17-2007, 06:30 AM   #1
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Suse 10.3 - Error Loading Operating System


Having Realised SuSe 10.3 was out I was so excited to get it loaded and ready.. then it started.

I chose my software packages etc all installing was going well, BUT once it had installed all the software packages it reboots then gives me the "error loading operating system" error HELP lol I have tried the DVD version, the single CD version but to no avail. I have heard it is a problem with GRUB but no one can give me a solution. *GuTTeD*

P.S I am not installing as a dual boot I am installing as a single and only OS.

I am installing on:

Pentium 4 2.0ghz
40GB HD Primary
30GB HD Secondary
Samsung DVD
512MB Ram
VT6421 Sata Card
On-Board Graphics

Old 10-17-2007, 07:17 AM   #2
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During setup, were you given an option to install the bootloader to the MBR of your hard drive in which you installed openSuSE 10.3 to? I don't remember when this option presents itself during the install, but if you just opted to have grub installed to a partition rather than the MBR, this may explain why you are receiving this error message. You should be able to resolve this issue by booting from the DVD and choosing the recovery option that is available.
Old 10-17-2007, 07:52 AM   #3
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I didnt get any option to do that during the install from what I remember it just installed itself basically apart from me setting up the partitions on my second hard drive and chooisng what packages I wanted.

I was told to use that recovery option before and I did but all I got was a command prompt... although installation had not completely finished so I was left with a half installed and configured system with no root or users setup no graphics set up no network cards setup up and being quite knew on linux, from the command shell I know a basic commands but not enough to configure the rest of the system or install the mbr using the shell either etc

Perhaps the best thing to do is install 10.2 then update to 10.3? I love SuSe 10.2 but really wanted all the speed increases in 10.3.
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Make sure your (boot) partition is marked with the boot flag - boot/grub ignore it, but some BIOS code looks for it.
For such a BIOS, only one partition with the boot flag is generally tolerated as well.
Old 10-17-2007, 04:08 PM   #5
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I think I had the same problem. The boot partition in your grub menu.lst is wrong.

On my first reboot, grub wanted to boot off of "root (hd1,1)", but this was wrong. It should have been "root (hd0,1)". I'm not at my pc right now so I can't give more details, but hopefully this gets you on the right track. Maybe somebody else with more grub experience can expand on this...
Old 10-17-2007, 06:09 PM   #6
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I installed 10.2 and then updated using the 10.3 dvd and so far working spot on.. will do me until someone fixes the bug, I think I have fell in love with linux again.. SuSE 10.3 is sooo quick :P and just as good as 10.2 if not better


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