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    Default Zenwalk and OpenSuse - dual boot, lost menu

    I have Zenwalk installed and decided to also install OpenSuse as a dual boot. All worked fine; I've got 1 swap partition for both distros and 1 each of /home and root partitions.

    However, when starting up now, I don't get the option of booting in Zenwalk. OpenSuse opens automatically without bringing up a menu.
    I have played around with the /boot/grub/menu.lst file without any luck.
    I managed to get a menu which included the Zenwalk title but it wouldn't boot.
    I added: root (hd0, 4) & configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst to the file.

    Any suggestions? Cheers!

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    Default Re: Zenwalk and OpenSuse - dual boot, lost menu

    Please open a su terminal and post the result of the following, if you know which partition is your Zen root - identify it

    Code:
    cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    =============================

    You might even be able to read your Zen menu.lst if you know your way around
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    Default Re: Zenwalk and OpenSuse - dual boot, lost menu

    I have now played around quite a lot with the menu.lst file and I've got to a point where a menu is displayed and where the title of my other distro is included.
    However, when choosing it, nothing happens.
    I have, from some on-line recommendations (there are lots of advice out there but none seems to work with my set-up), added

    root (hd0,4) #the other distro's / partition is sda5
    chainloader +1

    but that is obviously not enough information.

    There was also suggested to add

    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.30.5
    and
    intrd /boot/initrd.splash

    but that gives: "Can't find the file..."

    Suggestions, anyone?

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    Default Re: Zenwalk and OpenSuse - dual boot, lost menu

    try this

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: zenwalk###
    title Zenwalk
    root (hd0,4)
    configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst
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    Default Re: Zenwalk and OpenSuse - dual boot, lost menu

    When I was using Zenwalk it was using lilo instead of grub. This isn't still the case, is it?

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    Default Re: Zenwalk and OpenSuse - dual boot, lost menu

    Zenwalk still uses lilo but I chose not to install it, hoping that the grub would "kick in" instead. (Was that correct?)

    I tried 'configfile.....' but that didn't make any difference!

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    Default Re: Zenwalk and OpenSuse - dual boot, lost menu

    If you boot a live cd you can read the zen root partition and post here the menu.lst from there.
    And if we had
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    we can see more.
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    Default Re: Zenwalk and OpenSuse - dual boot, lost menu

    Dumb question first:
    Do I need to mount that particular partition in order to be able to access its files?
    I tried 'sudo mount /dev/sda5' but it gave me:
    can't find /dev/sda5 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab

    Also, the output from fdisk -1:

    "Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x9dc96e9e

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 1912 15358108+ 5 Extended
    /dev/sda2 4610 4864 2048287+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda3 * 1913 2549 5116702+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda4 2550 4609 16546950 83 Linux
    /dev/sda5 1 637 5116639+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6 638 1912 10241406 83 Linux

    Partition table entries are not in disk order"

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    Default Re: Zenwalk and OpenSuse - dual boot, lost menu

    You must have deleted a partition at the start of the table and created the extended we see there, sda5 and 6 are inside sda1.

    Yes you need to mount partitions to read them. Either use something like Parted Magic or with a openSUSE live cd, boot and login as root: To do that, remove all boot arguments at boot of cd and just type the number: 3

    at the login type: root
    hit enter a couple of times
    now type: startx
    =======================================================

    I think we need to establish though if this marriage of SUSE and Zenwalk has ever worked. I mean, have you at any time been able to boot either OS from your SUSE menu?
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    Default Re: Zenwalk and OpenSuse - dual boot, lost menu

    No I have never had the two working. Zenwalk worked fine on its own but as soon as I installed openSuse I lost the option of selecting distro from a menu.
    I have had this problem before when trying to install suse on a drive with Ubuntu but that time I just re-installed Ubuntu's grub and I had the options again.

    At the moment (I have sort of started from scratch) I have my disk devided into 3 primary partitions and 1 extended - which in turn contains two partitions. These are named from "left to right" sda1 --> sda6; the extended being sda4 and the two inside sda5 and sda6.

    My plan now is to try to install opensuse in sda5 and sda6 (/ and /home respectively) but I'm sure I'll run into trouble again.....

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