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    Angry Installed OpenSUSE, now Ubuntu Jaunty isn't showing in GRUB.

    Hi all,
    I used to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu for quite some time now. Yesterday after seeing OpenSUSE installed on my friends lappy, I decided it IS the time to bid goodbye to Windows. I don't play games, just internet browsing, listening to music, some letter writing and movies of course!
    So today I removed Windows XP by formatting C: drive and installed OpenSUSE.
    I am happy with OpenSUSE, but I still want to dual boot OpenSUSE with Ubuntu. But in the GRUB,only OpenSUSE entry is shown, Ubuntu is nowhere. It seems OpenSUSE has overwritten the Ubuntu GRUB during install and doesn't include Ubuntu in the boot list as Ubuntu does for other OS when we install Ubuntu.

    So can anyone please tell me how to create an entry in the GRUB so that I am able to boot into Ubuntu also.

    Please bear with my poor English.

    Thanx in advance for your help and replies.

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    Default Re: Installed OpenSUSE, now Ubuntu Jaunty isn't showing in G

    Open a terminal and become su and do:

    Code:
    fdisk -l
    then
    Code:
    cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
    post it all here

    We can then advise on editing the menu to add Ub*
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    Default Re: Installed OpenSUSE, now Ubuntu Jaunty isn't showing in G

    Hi caf4926. Thank you for the prompt reply Sir.
    Te first command fdisk -l displays "command not found!" and the second outputs "Permission denied".

    What should I do?

    Thanx for Your time and replies.
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    Default Re: Installed OpenSUSE, now Ubuntu Jaunty isn't showing in G

    Sorry to ask but how am I supposed to become Su in OpenSUSE? I know that we type sudo su and then provide the password to become su for the time being.

    Thanx.
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    Default Re: Installed OpenSUSE, now Ubuntu Jaunty isn't showing in G

    Oops sorry Sir, I typed su and I am now su after providing the password. Please bear with my stupidities here.
    Here is the output for "fdisk -l"


    Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x05a8706c

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 3187 25599546 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 3188 6247 24579450 83 Linux
    /dev/sda3 6248 6374 1020127+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda4 6375 30401 192996877+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 6375 12381 48251196 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda6 12382 18388 48251196 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda7 18389 24395 48251196 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda8 24396 30401 48243163+ 7 HPFS/NTFS



    And here 's the output of the second command Sir...

    # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Fri Sep 4 08:39:32 EDT 2009
    default 0
    timeout 8
    ##YaST - generic_mbr
    gfxmenu (hd0,0)/boot/message
    ##YaST - activate

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
    title openSUSE 11.1
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27.7-9-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3250310AS_6RYNMVM0-part1 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3250310AS_6RYNMVM0-part3 splash=silent showopts vga=0x317
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.27.7-9-default

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
    title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.1
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27.7-9-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3250310AS_6RYNMVM0-part1 showopts ide=nodma apm=off noresume nosmp maxcpus=0 edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 x11failsafe vga=0x317
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.27.7-9-default

    Thanx for Your time.
    Core2Duo 2.2Ghz, 3GB DDR3, 320GB, Intel X4500MHD | OpenSUSE 11.3, Ubuntu 10.04, Windows Vista

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    You should manually add the grub strings (to menu.lst) describing your 2nd partition on HDD where I beleive Ubuntu root filesystem is installed. This strings will be very close to strings describing SuSE, but may be somewhere different -I don't know about Ubuntu /boot structure.

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    Default Re: Installed OpenSUSE, now Ubuntu Jaunty isn't showing in G

    open a terminal, not su.
    type this: gnomesu gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

    edit the file to add this:

    # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Fri Sep 4 08:39:32 EDT 2009
    default 0
    timeout 8
    ##YaST - generic_mbr
    gfxmenu (hd0,0)/boot/message
    ##YaST - activate

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
    title openSUSE 11.1
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27.7-9-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3250310AS_6RYNMVM0-part1 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3250310AS_6RYNMVM0-part3 splash=silent showopts vga=0x317
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.27.7-9-default

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
    title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.1
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27.7-9-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3250310AS_6RYNMVM0-part1 showopts ide=nodma apm=off noresume nosmp maxcpus=0 edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 x11failsafe vga=0x317
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.27.7-9-default

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Ubuntu###
    title ubuntu
    root (hd0,1)
    configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst
    I'm assuming ubuntu uses a menu file in this location, but I'm not sure. Don't worry if it doesn't work first time. We can get it right. I'm going to check in a Virtual Machine I have. If you want to wait I'll be back soon.
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    Default Re: Installed OpenSUSE, now Ubuntu Jaunty isn't showing in G

    The above should work as quoted. It points to the ubuntu menu so you'll be good thru all kernel updates on both OS's
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    Default Re: Installed OpenSUSE, now Ubuntu Jaunty isn't showing in G

    Thank You for the reply caf4926.

    When I enter the commmand You provided, it says "command not found". I am on KDE so it may be kwrite or something like that. I tried kwrite and the command You provided, but it does nothing.
    Thanx a lot for Your replies. I guess I'll have to reinstall Ubuntu. This way I can get the GRUB back with Ubuntu and OpenSUSE entries.

    Thanx for Your time and replies.
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    Default Re: Installed OpenSUSE, now Ubuntu Jaunty isn't showing in G

    OK
    I assumed ub user would be gnome

    kdesu kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst
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