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    Exclamation Dual Install worked, until four hours ago!

    I have openSUSE 11 and XP installed on my desktop. I am new to linux but I had this up and running for the past week and could go into both, and have repeatedly. Then today I go to access the windows C drive while inside openSUSE and nothing is there. It was there last night!!! I am not sure what happened but that is not the main problem. Somehow in trying to fix it I now cannot boot Linux. I go into XP recovery stuff whether I like it or not and I can not find a way to get linux to come back up. I was able through the control panel and one of the utilities to confirm that my partitions are still set up the way I had them. I have no idea what to do and I have been at this for hours. PLEASE help if you can!! Thanks for the time as always!!! If any other information is needed let me know and I will gladly post it!

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    Default Re: Dual Install worked, until four hours ago!

    Do you think it could possibly be a hard drive failure? It's got all the makings of one.

    How old is your hard drive?

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    Default Re: Dual Install worked, until four hours ago!

    I don't think so. But how would I check or know if it was? I am able to access everything that I have in windows and I can see the other partitions like I said, they just don't have the labels that they have when I view them in yast, if I put the live CD in. The live CD is the only way that I can get into openSUSE currently.

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    Default Re: Dual Install worked, until four hours ago!

    The hard drive is the one that came with the computer and I would say that it is about three years, maybe a little bit more.

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    you're hard disk is fine. what has happened is that your xp ntfs partition has become what ntfs-3g ( the linux ntfs driver that allows access to your windows files ) calls 'inconsistent' which means it won't touch it with a 10 foot pole, because it risks corrupting data. ( similar to a damaged ext3 partition, read-only access, except ntfs-3g just doesn't mount it at all )

    just boot into windows to fix it, then run a disk check on the C: drive. it will probably demand a reboot. ( ensure your plugged in, it can take some time ).

    however, since you have attempted to fix it these instructions are useless. how did you fix it? did you run fixmbr from recovery console? or did you do a repair installation? either way, you need to reinstall grub, something i have never done.

    ben

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    Default Re: Dual Install worked, until four hours ago!

    If it appears that the Windows installation has vanished you better get it back first. Suse will wait for you to do that. What you do depends whether you're running vista or xp. Which is it?
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    Default Re: Dual Install worked, until four hours ago!

    Quote Originally Posted by wrestle136 View Post
    I don't think so. But how would I check or know if it was? I am able to access everything that I have in windows and I can see the other partitions like I said, they just don't have the labels that they have when I view them in yast, if I put the live CD in. The live CD is the only way that I can get into openSUSE currently.
    Oh. Sorry. I misunderstood.

    @swerdna,
    he's running xp.

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    Ok there were multiple questions. I am running XP, but XP runs, I just tell it to start normally and it does just that. I can then do everything in windows that I normally do. It goes through recovery mode though to get to the "start normally" portion. I am wondering if that is part of the issue though. When I had SUSE up and running GRUB loaded my OS options and I had windows 1 and windows 2, now windows 2 actually loaded everything normally. Thanks to my fiance though, she let it load through windows 1. I don't know what that would have done, I simply offer that tidbits in case it explains something to someone. I have never done it because I knew that windows 2 was the proper choice.
    In regards to how I tried to fix it, lets just say I tried for four hours before I posted this and I did alot in that time frame. I don't think that I actually did anything useful but I also did not change anything. MOst of my time was spent wandering through parts of windows I have never dared to enter before and trying to find options and files that I was unable to find. I was aware I was in areas that I shouldn't be if I didn't know what I was doing so I didn't actually do anything, that I am aware of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrestle136 View Post
    I am running XP, but XP runs, I just tell it to start normally and it does just that.
    OK if windows is running normally you can get Suse back. The procedure might block windows booting temporarily but that's easy to fix. So to get Suse back you do steps 1 and 2 that I quote below:
    Step 1 for openSUSE 11.0 - Assisted Boot into openSUSE: Insert Suse's installation CD/DVD and reboot the computer. On the boot screen choose to "Repair Installed System". Wait for three choices and select "Expert Tools". Then click option "Install New Boot Loader". Select the partition where you installed Suse (if asked). You'll get the Grub GUI setup screen. Check under the Tab "Boot Loader Installation" that the checkmark is in "Boot from Master Boot Record" and remove any other checkmarks. Click "Finish". Wait for message "The boot loader was installed successfully". Click OK --> Next --> Finish. Ignore any error messages and reboot. That should install an elementary Grub and allow you to boot to openSUSE. So do that and it will take you to step 2

    Step 2 - Reinitialise and Reinstall Grug: Once Suse has fully booted and settled down, go to Yast --> System --> Boot Loader. The Grub configuration screen comes up with the Tab "Section Management" activated. In the lower right is a drop-down selector labelled "Other". Select from "Other" the option "Propose New Configuration" and then wait for Grub to analyse your partitions and display a new configuration. This may take a while. Important: When that finishes, activate the tab labelled "Boot Loader Installation" and select to "Boot from the Master Boot Record". [Yast will often default to booting from the root or boot partition rather than from the MBR but that's for experts only -- always choose the MBR.] Then click Finish to save the changes and install the reconfigured Grub into the hard drive's MBR. If you get a message that "The bootloader boot sector will be written to a floppy disk ......... don't bother with the floppy -- just click OK to proceed and install to the MBR. Reboot and you should be able to boot to openSUSE using the Grub menu screen. Frequently you can also boot to Windows after completing Step 2.
    The context of that quote is on this link, for further background:
    GRUB Boot Multiboot openSUSE Windows (2000, XP, Vista) using the Grub bootloader.

    I suggest you try with that to get Suse back and see whether the entries in Grub's new menu will allow booting to windows, and let us know.
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    Default Re: Dual Install worked, until four hours ago!

    Swerdna,
    I tried your walk through this morning but when I rebooted with the openSUSE live CD in the drive and went through the options on the boot screen, I could not find, or did not have, the option to "repair installed system." Maybe it is there and I am missing it, I am a bit tired from last nights escapade with this whole thing so maybe I missed it. If you could be a bit more specific as to where I can find/ how I can get to that option that would be great. I went as far as just running the live CD and telling it to install, just to see if "repair installed system" would be an option from there but, as you probably already knew, it was not. Once I discerned that I was not going to have that option I canceled the install, so everything is the same as I said last night, at least as far as I can tell. Thanks again!!

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