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    Default Small Smiley face on boot

    I was messing around with compiz trying to disable it via a command someone had recommended I think it was xgl something...now I reboot, and I get a black screen and a small smiley pacman like black and white face pops up and nothing happens. I can boot via live CD but my hard disk no...anyone see this before and how can I fix this?

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    Default Re: Small Smiley face on boot

    Did you try the failsafe boot option from the menu
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    Default Re: Small Smiley face on boot

    Do a Google on "+smiley face" +virus and I think you might find your problem ...



    If you do have the Smiley Face, that's an OLD boot sector virus. It infects the hard drive itself and installs itself in memory before the system even boots up. That will kill most any modern operating system, which wants to switch the machine to protected mode very early in the boot.

    What makes this frustratingly hilarious is that most virus scanners are for Windows! You can try Avast!'s PLOP distro (PLoP Linux - LiveCD, USB boot, PXE network boot, antivirus, rescue, partimage, NTFS, tftp, avast, f-prot). Worst case, you simply reinstall Opensuse; when it rewrites the boot sector with Grub, that'll kill it for you.

    Your next question would be, "where'd I get it?" Have you recently inserted an old diskette in your computer, or opened an old .zip archive under Winderz?

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    Default Re: Small Smiley face on boot

    Smpoole, are you serious? How can I have activated a virus? Even an old boot sector one like that. Bloody hell, no I do not recall looking at older files or anything like that. How would something like that activate within linux if it was made for DOS (sorry maybe a stupid question). Odd, really odd, so just reinstalling opensuse should fix this or do I have to clean out of the memory. On another note would this cause the computer to freeze? I have had this problem for a while and I thought it was a compiz (that's why i was trying to mess with that).

    On last question I had my home directory on a separate hardisk all together, and used a smaller hardisk for the root directory and so do you think those would have been affected as well, and is there a way I can my data back just in case?

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    Default Re: Small Smiley face on boot

    Are you saying you don't even get the grub boot screen?
    Just boot parted magic and reinstall grub, maybe that will fix it.
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    To be sure before you decide on re-installation. Maybe a screen shot of how it looks will be useful if it is really the same as describe by smpoole7. If it is only the boot sector being attacked by that tiny smiley can the cd/dvd installer be used to reinstall grub without undergoing a full operating system installation?
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    Default Re: Small Smiley face on boot

    I already tried that...did not work, for some odd reason. The repair on the installation disk would not work.

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    Default Re: Small Smiley face on boot

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Are you saying you don't even get the grub boot screen?
    Just boot parted magic and reinstall grub, maybe that will fix it.
    Yes I'm sorry forgot to add that detail, no I dont see a grub boot screen...just blackness...afterward some odd charcters jump around and flash then finally, a DOS smiley centered horizontally but about 20% away from the bottom of the screen shows up, and thats it really...

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    Okay, I tried the installation software's repair tools to fix grub, now I no longer get the smiley face, just a black screen and nothing happens. I give up, going to reinstall opensuse, hopefully my home directory is intact...now question is, how do i get rid of this thing if it a virus indeed, would Klam do it?

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    Default Re: Small Smiley face on boot

    You give up too easy How about trying this

    If you have a Linux Live CD, boot from it and log in. Then open a console window and enter su and you will be at the command prompt with root powers and ready to proceed. If on the other hand you have the openSUSE install DVD, boot from it and on the first menu of options select the Rescue System option. That will start an elementary Linux Live operating system and bring you to the login prompt. Enter the username root and you will be at the command prompt with root powers and ready to proceed. Whichever way you started (the openSUSE install DVD or a Linux Live CD) when you are at the root command prompt, first you find the partition containing openSUSE's bootloader. Then you reinstall Grub with a pointer to that partition. First find the openSUSE installation:

    You enter this ---------------- grub
    Computer returns like this ---- grub>
    You enter this ---------------- find /boot/grub/menu.lst
    Computer returns like this ---- (hd0,5)
    Here, (hd0,5) is Grub's pointer to my openSUSE installation. Your pointer will be different from my example (hd0,5). Substitute your values for my example (hd0,5). Now that you have the pointer, proceed like this:
    You enter this ---------------- root (hd0,5)
    Computer returns like this ---- Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
    You enter this ---------------- setup (hd0)
    You see several lines like this --- Checking if /boot/grub/stage1 exists ... yes Computer finally returns this-- Succeeded.......Done
    You enter this ---------------- quit
    You enter this ---------------- reboot
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