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    Question Messed up my boot loader

    Looks like I need help again. I got tired of all the errors trying to install the dang XP SP3 patch so I decided to install XP fresh (the install is about 3 years old and could use a rebuild), figuring I could use my Suse install and rebuild the XP system at my leisure. Well, I installed XP and it would only boot to XP, so I repaired the boot using my Suse disk and now it will only boot to Suse. How can I get it back to where Suse sees the XP partition? Thanks for any help.
    Thank you,
    M13

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    Default Re: Messed up my boot loader

    in suse login
    go to file manager super user mode

    go to /boot/grub

    look for menu.lst.old

    right click open with kwrite

    it SHOULD contain a section for windows boot
    copy it - and paste to your current: menu.lst

    you might want to just compare the two to see how they differ.

    If that doesn't solve it
    post your menu.lst here and maybe include /etc/fstab
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    Default Re: Messed up my boot loader

    Another option is to got Yast --> system --> bootloader --> other --> propose new configuration --> wait, wait --> bootloader installation --> boot from master boot record --> finish.

    That should put the windows bit back into menu.lst.
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    Default Re: Messed up my boot loader

    This is what the old file has to say, I am afraid it is not what I had before:

    # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Sat Jul 19 12:35:22 MST 2008
    default 0
    timeout 8
    gfxmenu (hd1,6)/boot/message

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
    title openSUSE 11.0
    root (hd1,6)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD800JD-00L_WD-WMAM99574877-part7 splash=silent showopts
    initrd /boot/initrd

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
    title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.0
    root (hd1,6)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD800JD-00L_WD-WMAM99574877-part7 showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 edd=off x11failsafe
    initrd /boot/initrd

    It looks like it is just Suse & failsafe. My current menu.lst is:

    # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Sat Jul 19 12:36:05 MST 2008
    default 0
    timeout 8
    gfxmenu (hd1,6)/boot/message

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
    title openSUSE 11.0
    root (hd1,6)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD800JD-00L_WD-WMAM99574877-part7 resume=/dev/sdb6 splash=silent showopts
    initrd /boot/initrd

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
    title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.0
    root (hd1,6)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD800JD-00L_WD-WMAM99574877-part7 showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 edd=off x11failsafe
    initrd /boot/initrd

    My /etc/fstab is:

    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD800JD-00L_WD-WMAM99574877-part6 swap swap defaults 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD800JD-00L_WD-WMAM99574877-part7 / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD800JD-00L_WD-WMAM99574877-part8 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD800JD-00L_WD-WMAM98932240-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD800JD-00L_WD-WMAM98932240-part5 /windows/D ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD800JD-00L_WD-WMAM99574877-part5 /windows/F ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
    debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
    devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0

    Thanks for any help.
    Thank you,
    M13

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    Thanks Swerdna, you saved my bacon again. All looks well on my rig again. Another year or 2 of me messing things up and maybe I will get the hang of what is going on.
    Thank you,
    M13

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