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    Default 10.2 System crashed, advice please

    I'm running 10.2 because my system doesn't meet the requirments for 10.3 or 11.

    After installing a pc game using wine, and rebooting the system... it no longer boots. after the bios's built in spash screen all I get is a blinking cursor. If I insert the installation disk, it gives me the following options:

    Boot from Hard Disk (blinking cursor)
    Installation
    Installation -- ACPI Disabled
    Installation -- Lacal APIC Disabled
    Installation -- Safe Settings
    Rescue System (brings me to a rescue command prompt, which I have no idea how to use)
    Firmware Test
    Memory Test

    What should I do here? I'd prefer an option that doesn't mean I have to spend the next few days remembering all of the packages I have to install to make my system work again.
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    Default Re: 10.2 System crashed, advice please

    I found a tutorial at Home - GeekBrains.com | One Stop Solution for all your Geeky needs! to reinstall the boot loader. Seemed like a likely option since the system wont boot... but I got this error message isntead.

    grub> setup --stage2=/boot/grub/stage2 (hd0.1)(hd0.1)

    Error 21: Selected disk does not exist
    grub> quit
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    Default Re: 10.2 System crashed, advice please

    I tried running the automatic system repair option from the installation CD.

    It gave me this error:
    fstab entires: could not find existing devices for the following fstab lines. To remove the lines from fstab, select them in the table and change the status.

    all of the following are currently set to ignore instead, but the repair wont go any further.

    /dev/hda1 swap swap defaults 00
    /dev/sda1 /windows/C vfat users,gid=users,unmask=0002,utf8=true 00
    /dev/sda2 /windows/C ntfs user,users,gid=users, umask-0002,utf8=true 00
    debuffs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 00

    When I hit cancel, the repair tried to finish. There was an error at the searching for minimum required packages line, and a failed message when it tried to install the missing package. The same grub error popped up when it tried to repair the boot loader. Repair tool finished, I tried to boot the system and, not to my surprise, got my handy dandy blinking cursor of nothing.
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    I tried the boot existing system option under other options on the installation disc. The system booted. I hit the escape key to watch what was happening, and I saw a lot of faileds popping up. It was going by too fast for me to really read any of them.

    I immediately restarted the system, and it went straight back to the blinking cursor.

    I'm too inexperienced. Somebody, ANYbody give me a hand. An idea? Or is this just a forgone effort and I need a clean install? That would be most irritating.
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    You've seen in your error message 'sda' and SuSE 10.2 and earlier expect 'hda' for normal parallel ATA harddiscs. Maybe this might help you.

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    Try this. When Grub pops up (now it does,right?) press esc to go in a bash like console , then write : find /boot/grub/stage2 and press enter. Wait ... When comes again it should write something like (hd0,1). Write now : setup (hd0,1) or wathever grub found. Reboot and hope

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    Excuse my last post was wrong. I correct. Perform the command find /boot/grub/stage2 now write root (hd0,1) then setup (hd0). Very sorry hope this helps

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    Default Re: 10.2 System crashed, advice please

    > I tried the *boot existing system* option ... The system booted. I
    > hit the escape key to watch what was happening, and I saw a lot of
    > faileds popping up...I immediately restarted the system, and it went
    > straight back to the blinking cursor.



    by that "immediately" do you mean you interrupted the boot attempt by
    (maybe) pressing the hardware power button....or ???

    if so, i would FIRST go back and try that again and let it run until the
    fails stopped poping up....see, it MAY need to do some automatic hard
    drive repair work....and, you MAY then be ok maybe...

    maybe not, but i would not jump to a clean install yet! in fact, i'm
    kinda afraid the stuff you wrote in earlier posts like:

    " my system doesn't meet the requirments for 10.3"
    "after the bios's built in spash screen all I get is a blinking cursor."
    "Error 21: Selected disk does not exist"
    "*fstab entires: could not find existing devices"

    well, i'm kinda afraid it _might_ mean you have a several year old
    machine....and, your hard drive (which was born with a three year
    warranty) is dead....

    but don't pull your hair out yet....because i'm not sure...

    ANYONE know how to find out?? maybe boot from the install disk and WHAT??

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    Default Re: 10.2 System crashed, advice please

    I'd probably boot from a LiveCD with partition read utillities and see if the partitions are visible... before considering the drive might be dead.

    Be careful to only <read> the partitions to gather essential info... what partitions exist, how they're configured, what their designations are, what partition is bootable... DON'T write to the hard drive and partition table until you really know what is happening

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    Default Re: 10.2 System crashed, advice please

    > I'd probably boot from a LiveCD with partition read utillities and see
    > if the partitions are visible... before considering the drive might be
    > dead.


    but, if you don't consider it _might_ be dead why would you boot a CD
    with partition read utilities to check? ;-)

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