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Old 03-09-2005, 12:47 AM   #1
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Suse 9.1 booting problem


Please help with this if you can as I have been feeling increasingly unhappy for two months now:

soon after I installed Suse 9.1, I reinstalled windows and it deleted Suse's MBR path. I don't have the first installation CD anymore, so how do I boot? I tried Knopix but dont know what commands to write after I choose the Rescue mode. I also tried downloading the first install CD, but it is so hard to find. All I find is an iso that I already tried and dont know how to make do it.

So I got this Suse living within my computer that I cannot get to.

Please please help me,

Old 03-09-2005, 01:15 AM   #2
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From your rescue environment, find your boot and root partitions (if they are different) mount the root under /mnt and if there is a boot mount that under /mnt/boot.

Run grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/hd? (where ? is the letter of your drive.)

You may have to set up your MS boot stanza in menu.lst
Old 03-09-2005, 05:05 AM   #3
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The boot ISO (FTP installation CD) can be found here:

This helps you to boot into your installed SUSE (Select 'Boot from harddisk'). There you can easily run Yast -> System -> Boot Loader Configuration to install grub again.

With the SUSE 9.1 Personal ISO you can also use the repair funtion:

To re-install grub, this link may also help:
Old 03-09-2005, 08:18 PM   #4
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Here is what happened

Thank you two for your advice

I downloaded the iso that you sent me a link to (turned out to be the one i already had), and as before, when I turn on my comp, if I choose boot from hard disk of course it boots Windows right away, no choice given. If I choose rescue, it loads stuff and then prompts me for a password like so:

Rescue login:


I dont know which pass it wants. I changed the root pass once because some guy was trying to mess with my computer remotely. So I am not sure of the password. Probably thats what it wants, because it keeps on telling me it is wrong. I also have a normal user account the password for which I do remember though probably that won't help much (i tried that, also no success).

Do you have any other suggestions I could go by?
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Change root password?

Uhm, okaz dont bother to answer the last one.

I got into my Suse by the Manual Installation option on the boot.iso CD.

I opened YAST and it asked me for my root password. I tried like 20 times to guess it and I could not. So I need to reset the root pass. If someone could help with that, that would be great,

Old 03-10-2005, 05:35 AM   #6
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It woke up!!


the little rat starting showing up for startup again!!!

Thanks people!! I was starting to think it is hopeless and I needed to uninstall (be glad I dont because imagine the millions of questions I would harrass zou with!!)

So I actually was able to guess mz root pass, and after the usual amateur goofing around in YAST and pointless reboots, I bumped into the edit option where it FORCES zou to reinstall grub.

Life is gooood.



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