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    Unhappy Clean install 11.4 Dual Boot System Grub Error Please Help!

    I did a fresh install of SuSE 11.4 (WIN7 TOO) and changed my Larger HD1 to the first HD. I was installing and got this error first: the boot loader is installed on a partition that does not lie entirely below 128GB The system might not boot if BIOS supports only lba24 (result is error during install grub mbr) status loc dev/sdb6

    I continued with the install and then got:

    Yast2 error occured
    while installing GRUB ver 0.97 (640k lower/3072k upper memory)
    [minimal bash-like lineediting is supported? for the first word, TAB lists possible command completition anywhere else TAB lists possible completion of a device/filename]
    grub setup --stage2=/boot/grub/stage2 --force4-lba (hd0,5) (hd0,5)
    Error 25
    disk read error
    grub> quit
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    Default Re: Clean install 11.4 Dual Boot System Grub Error Please Help!

    fixed it....installed 11.3 64 bit....no problem.....it is the disc I think for 11.4
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    Default Re: Clean install 11.4 Dual Boot System Grub Error Please Help!

    Only yours. 11.4 installed fine for me from the DVD. Did you run a media check?

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    Default Re: Clean install 11.4 Dual Boot System Grub Error Please Help!

    I am facing the same issue, and am not able to reinstall 11.3 again as I get the same error message for Grub.

    I have a Lenovo Ideapad with 3 GB Ram and have partitioned my disk into 7 with sda2 being C: drive. I had created an unpartitioned space of 100 GB while installing windows on which I am trying to install linux. I also created a 1 GB partition, sda6 for my swap area and the rest of the unpartitioned space as sda7 for mounting / .

    Please help.

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    Default Re: Clean install 11.4 Dual Boot System Grub Error Please Help!

    @Newzer85
    The original post mentions 2 errors, the most common is that of the partition not being below the 128GB limit. Is this what you mean?

    Are you using a Live CD to install? If you are we can use that to find some info out. Otherwise I need you to download Parted Magic
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    @caf4926

    Thanks for your reply. Strangely, i didnt get any update on your reply in my gmail and hence the delay in this reply.

    I am using a live CD to install. When I installed, it showed me total 7 partitions in my sda disk. sda1 was a system required of 100 MB. Sda 2 was my C: drive which is NTFS format. Sda3-sda5 are all windows partitions. I used sda6 as swap (1 GB) and sda7 to mount my root partition. Everything goes fine untill Grub install happens when I get the same message as said in the first mail. When I try to configure it manually the disk names for all my windows partition is gibberish and even if I change them, GRUB doesnt get installed. So when I reboot it boots into windows directly.

    Please let me know if you need any extra info.

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    Default Re: Clean install 11.4 Dual Boot System Grub Error Please Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Newzer85 View Post
    @caf4926

    Thanks for your reply. Strangely, i didnt get any update on your reply in my gmail and hence the delay in this reply.

    I am using a live CD to install. When I installed, it showed me total 7 partitions in my sda disk. sda1 was a system required of 100 MB. Sda 2 was my C: drive which is NTFS format. Sda3-sda5 are all windows partitions. I used sda6 as swap (1 GB) and sda7 to mount my root partition. Everything goes fine untill Grub install happens when I get the same message as said in the first mail. When I try to configure it manually the disk names for all my windows partition is gibberish and even if I change them, GRUB doesnt get installed. So when I reboot it boots into windows directly.

    Please let me know if you need any extra info.
    Boot the live cd
    open a terminal and in it type: su (then hit enter)

    Now type: fdisk -l
    (that's a lower case L)

    Post the result for me
    (You may need to save it to a file and flash drive)
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    @caf4928 : Thanks again. Here's what you requested:

    Disk /dev/sda: 640.1 GB, 640135028736 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 77825 cylinders, total 1250263728 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x5cb4769a

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 63 2047 992+ 42 SFS
    Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary.
    /dev/sda2 * 2048 206847 102400 42 SFS
    /dev/sda3 206848 314574847 157184000 42 SFS
    /dev/sda4 314574848 1250261679 467843416 42 SFS

    Disk /dev/sdb: 4051 MB, 4051697664 bytes
    64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 3864 cylinders, total 7913472 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xd704f98b

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 0 1423359 711680 83 Linux
    /dev/sdb4 1423360 7913471 3245056 83 Linux

    Disk /dev/sdb1: 728 MB, 728760320 bytes
    64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 695 cylinders, total 1423360 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xd704f98b

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1p1 * 0 1423359 711680 83 Linux
    /dev/sdb1p4 1423360 7913471 3245056 83 Linux


    Sorry for the delay in reply again, didnt have access to my system

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    Default Re: Clean install 11.4 Dual Boot System Grub Error Please Help!

    That's a rats nest of nasty win SFS
    And not really making sense from your comments in post #6
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    Default Re: Clean install 11.4 Dual Boot System Grub Error Please Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    That's a rats nest of nasty win SFS
    And not really making sense from your comments in post #6
    Well ... The partition table is not encrypted. Only the partition IDs are different. So fdisk doesn't get the extended partition, while the openSUSE partitionner assumed it was the last one, jumped to the address of the next logical, etc. What about replacing 0x42 with 0x0F on sda4? But honestly, I have no idea what SFS does. It doesn't seem appropriate for a dual boot, that's for sure.

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