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    Default Restoring GRUB from YaST

    To fix a Windows problem with hibernation, I had to let it overwrite my MBR. I can still boot into openSUSE 11.3 thanks to a wonderful piece of freeware called Plop Boot Manager, but the GRUB menu is no longer in my MBR (obviously).

    How can I force a rewrite of GRUB to the MBR from YaST?

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    Do you mean that you went to YaST > System > Bootloader and then to the tab Bootloader installation and that you hesitate what to fill in there? Then better tell what you planned to do and if you guessed right.
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    Yes, I'm not sure which options should be checked. This is my current config:



    I already tried checking "Boot from Master Boot Record", but the Windows MBR was still in place.

    Edit: oh wait...

    Boot from Master Boot Record is not recommended if you have another operating system installed on your computer.
    I should probably disable that then, shouldn't I?

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    Does this "current config" reflect the situation as it was before you damaged the MBR or is it a result from your trials to restore?

    I should first set it to what it was before the Windows actions. And there is an Other button lower right which has promising netries.

    In any case, there are a lot of threads here about the same subject. A little bit of searching on the forums might unveil at least a dozen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdedecker View Post
    Boot from Master Boot Record is not recommended if you have another operating system installed on your computer.
    Then rather boot from the bathroom!

    Who says that? And which operating system if I may ask?
    I seriously start to believe that Microsoft put its noze in YaST!

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    Quote Originally Posted by please_try_again View Post
    Who says that? And which operating system if I may ask?
    It's in the openSUSE documentation - just click the "Help" button on the "Boot Loader Installation" tab to reveal it.


    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    I still have access to my openSUSE install through a Plop Bootloader CD-ROM, so I don't see why I should burn Parted Magic to a CD-ROM to do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    Does this "current config" reflect the situation as it was before you damaged the MBR or is it a result from your trials to restore?

    I should first set it to what it was before the Windows actions.
    I don't remember exactly. That's why I came here for advice.

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    I still have access to my openSUSE install through a Plop Bootloader CD-ROM, so I don't see why I should burn Parted Magic to a CD-ROM to do this.
    Suit yourself
    Just offering advice -for what it's worth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Suit yourself
    Just offering advice -for what it's worth.
    So there's no way to rewrite the bootloader to MBR from openSUSE that you know of? I know that Ubuntu has a command called grub-install that does the trick.

    I've read that I can use the install DVD to repair the bootloader. Before moving on to Parted Magic, I think I'll give that a try.

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    Default Re: Restoring GRUB from YaST

    I use PM because it's quick and never fails. But you need to download the version I host.
    It just picks up your original settings, which are still there in /boot/grub/menu.lst

    But I would need to see your fdisk info to advise otherwise:
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    fdisk -l
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