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    Rudurk NNTP User

    Question Lost Windows Boot After Repairing OpenSuSe

    Hi I Installed Windows 7 and ended up losing OpenSuSe BootLoader....

    So I used the Repair System option on OpenSuSe 11.1 Installation Disk, which bought back the Boot Loader but With No Windows on it?? How do I Access Windows Now??

    I just Hope It has not done anything to the Windows Partition coz when i used Automatic Repair it asked if i wanted to use the swap file which i have not got a clue about i clicked yess anyways LOL

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: Lost Windows Boot After Repairing OpenSuSe

    Rudurk, i guess this is the first of MANY Win7 and openSUSE conflicts..

    we went through the same kind of thing when Vista came
    out....apparently M$ had accidentally [wink wink] done something that
    made it real difficult to dual boot [i can't imagine why they would
    want it that way--you would think they would want folks to give Linux
    a try, huh?]

    until someone who has done it (dual booted openSUSE and Win7) answers
    i'd suggest you sit on your hands (or risk destroying your M$ install)..

    except, do this as i guess the real guru will need to see it: from
    openSUSE, open a terminal and type/paste this:

    sudo cat /boot/grub/menu.lst

    (that is a lower case L in .lst) and then paste the results back to
    here..)

    --
    palladium

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    Default Re: Lost Windows Boot After Repairing OpenSuSe

    Hello Rudurk, welcome to the forum. There is some interesting reading about dual boot with vista here: Fixing vista multiboot with openSUSE - openSUSE Forums.
    I have not yet tried the upgrade to "W7" and it might be different.

    For the time please show what's in /boot/grub/menu.lst and the result of fdisk -l (run as root). Chances are that you have to tweak menu.lst manually to get it running again.
    Technology is 'stuff that doesn't work yet.' -- Bran Ferren

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    Rudurk NNTP User

    Default Re: Lost Windows Boot After Repairing OpenSuSe

    There it is...
    sudo cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
    Rudu@linux-m08o:~> sudo cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
    root's password:
    # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Mon Oct 26 08:09:21 GMT 2009
    default 0
    timeout 8
    gfxmenu (hd0,5)/boot/message
    ##YaST - activate

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
    title SUSE LINUX
    root (hd0,5)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD3200BEVT-75ZCT1_WD-WXH308920927-part6 repair=1 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD3200BEVT-75ZCT1_WD-WXH308920927-part5 splash=silent showopts vga=0x317
    initrd /boot/initrd

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
    title Failsafe -- SUSE LINUX
    root (hd0,5)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD3200BEVT-75ZCT1_WD-WXH308920927-part6 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
    Rudu@linux-m08o:~>
    **** Microsoft Bleh... Good thing I guess I got 2 days to finish my coursework on linux ajax LOL I guess having no windows at all willl make me do non stop work LOL

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    Rudurk NNTP User

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    Here it is
    fdisk -l
    linux-m08o:/home/Rudu # fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xe8000000

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 22 176683+ de Dell Utility
    /dev/sda2 23 1327 10481975+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3 1328 29766 228431459 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda4 * 29767 38913 73473277+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 29767 30028 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6 30029 32639 20972826 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7 32640 38913 50395873+ 83 Linux
    linux-m08o:/home/Rudu #

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    Default Re: Lost Windows Boot After Repairing OpenSuSe

    I'm not sure whether the bootloader lodged in sda1 or sda2 so the windows entry will be either like this:
    Code:
    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Windows 7###
    title Windows 7
    rootnoverify (hd0,1)
    chainloader (hd0,1)+1
    or like this:
    Code:
    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Windows 7###
    title Windows 7
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader (hd0,0)+1
    So edit in the first, see if it works, if not, change it to the second.
    one of them should work.

    To edit the file, open it with this in KDE:
    Code:
    kdesu kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst
    or this in Gnome:
    Code:
    gnomesu gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
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    Default Re: Lost Windows Boot After Repairing OpenSuSe

    Just in case you're wondering where:
    Code:
    # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Mon Oct 26 08:09:21 GMT 2009
    default 0
    timeout 8
    gfxmenu (hd0,5)/boot/message
    ##YaST - activate
    
    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
    title SUSE LINUX
    root (hd0,5)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD3200BEVT-75ZCT1_WD-WXH308920927-part6 repair=1 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD3200BEVT-75ZCT1_WD-WXH308920927-part5 splash=silent showopts vga=0x317
    initrd /boot/initrd
    
    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Windows 7###
    title Windows 7
    rootnoverify (hd0,1)
    chainloader (hd0,1)+1
    
    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
    title Failsafe -- SUSE LINUX
    root (hd0,5)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD3200BEVT-75ZCT1_WD-WXH308920927-part6 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
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    Rudurk NNTP User

    Default Re: Lost Windows Boot After Repairing OpenSuSe

    Right This is What I tried

    Gnome:

    gnomesu gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Windows 7###
    title Windows 7
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader (hd0,0)+1
    The other ones don't work the thing above takes me to Dells System Test Not Windows hmmm... Maybe its on sda3? This is a Dell Laptop.. So it could be different I dunno I dun wanna try any stuff on my own unless someone tells me LOL am scared I might lose my other Coursework on Windows

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    Rudurk NNTP User

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    Tried This:

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Windows 7###
    title Windows 7
    rootnoverify (hd0,2)
    chainloader (hd0,2)+1
    Well its working now posting this message from Windows 7... Thank You very for all your help.

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    Default Re: Lost Windows Boot After Repairing OpenSuSe

    Well done -- I assumed sda3 was a data partition, silly me
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