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Thread: Can't boot OpenSuse 11.1

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    kylebingham NNTP User

    Unhappy Can't boot OpenSuse 11.1

    hey guys,
    i'm new to linux so please forgive me if i'm missing something obvious-
    heres the story-
    i have an old computer but the hdd broke so i bought a 500GB external hard drive and decided to install opensuse. i formatted it in MS-DOS format on my mac, disconnected the old hdd on the computer and connected the external hard drive by USB. i booted from the ISO image I downloaded off this website and the installer did all the necessary formats, partitioning and installations, i got into my desktop and got introduced - all fine, I then hit shutdown and it did a normal shutdown. now i went into my BIOS and told the computer to boot from the external hard drive, but when I boot, all I get is an error:

    Booting from local disk...
    error disk read error

    error disk read error
    Boot failure System halted

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Can't boot OpenSuse 11.1

    What did you use to install with? A dvd or cd?

    If you used a cd, boot from it again and do this in a terminal, type: su and hit enter.
    Now type: fdisk -l

    Post the result here.
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    You could try also a utility disc called Super Grub Disk Homepage - Download CDROM
    It should be able to boot your installation
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    kylebingham NNTP User

    Default Re: Can't boot OpenSuse 11.1

    hi there,
    i installed with a DVD, so can I still get into the terminal?
    i'm also downloading the disc utility you attached

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    Default Re: Can't boot OpenSuse 11.1

    Try this way. You may also find this page helpful anyway
    HowTo Boot into openSUSE when it won't Boot from the Grub Code on the Hard Drive
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    kylebingham NNTP User

    Default Re: Can't boot OpenSuse 11.1

    hey - thanks for your help by the way! -
    okay heres the results from when running the supergrub disc-

    i was given 2 options:
    Boot Ubuntu GNU/Linux and
    Auto Magic Boot

    When i choose Boot Ubuntu GNU/Linux I get this: 'error: no loaded kernel'

    When I choose Auto Magic Boot there are 4 new options added:

    1: Linux 2.6.27.7-9-pae.gz
    2: Linux 2.6.27.7-9-pae.gz (single user mode)
    3: Linux 2.6.27.7-9-pae
    4: Linux 2.6.27.7-9-pae (single user mode)

    1+2 both give the result 'error: invalid magic number'
    3+4 do a lot then finally end with: 'kernel panic - not syncing. Attempting to kill init!

    I also tried hitting C to use the command line

    'su' resulted in 'error: unknown command 'su' and the same with 'fdisk -l'

    is this really easy to solve or is it worth formatting the drive and installing a different distro?

    Thanks for all your help so far.

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    kylebingham NNTP User

    Default Re: Can't boot OpenSuse 11.1

    also - in case you thought i was getting a grub menu upon boot - i'm not - just this error message:

    error disk read error
    Boot failure System halted

    thanks

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