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    Default Failed to load OS

    Hi, yesterday I tried to install openSUSE on my sisters computer as she was getting sick of Windows. I tried twice and each time the same thing happened. After the OS installed and rebooted for the first time I would get an error saying "Failed to load OS". I had to reinstall Windows for her but would like to try figuring out why it wouldn't work.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Failed to load OS

    Quote Originally Posted by Astralogic View Post
    Hi, yesterday I tried to install openSUSE on my sisters computer as she was getting sick of Windows. I tried twice and each time the same thing happened. After the OS installed and rebooted for the first time I would get an error saying "Failed load OS". I had to reinstall Windows for her but would like to try figuring out why it wouldn't work.

    Any ideas?
    More info about the said computer would be helpful. ie; is it new, as in windows 8 and EFI etc...
    You can see a sample install in this: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10573557/13.1_install/13.1_install.pdf
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    On 2013-12-18, Astralogic <Astralogic@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
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    > Hi, yesterday I tried to install openSUSE on my sisters computer as she
    > was getting sick of Windows. I tried twice and each time the same thing
    > happened. After the OS installed and rebooted for the first time I would
    > get an error saying "Failed to load OS". I had to reinstall Windows for
    > her but would like to try figuring out why it wouldn't work.
    >
    > Any ideas?


    In addition to what caf has said, the cause may one of several and it would be helpful to have more information about he
    computer before it can be identified. In particular, it would be helpful to know if it's a Windows 8 machine with UEFI?

    If not, my wild guess of the cause is that there's no bootloader component (GRUB2 Stage 1) written onto the Master Boot
    Record (MBR) of the hard drive. When you reach the final installation-settings screen of openSUSE, you can change the
    bootloader settings to enable MBR booting by clicking on a checkbox IIRC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by flymail View Post
    On 2013-12-18, Astralogic <Astralogic@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
    >
    > Hi, yesterday I tried to install openSUSE on my sisters computer as she
    > was getting sick of Windows. I tried twice and each time the same thing
    > happened. After the OS installed and rebooted for the first time I would
    > get an error saying "Failed to load OS". I had to reinstall Windows for
    > her but would like to try figuring out why it wouldn't work.
    >
    > Any ideas?


    In addition to what caf has said, the cause may one of several and it would be helpful to have more information about he
    computer before it can be identified. In particular, it would be helpful to know if it's a Windows 8 machine with UEFI?

    If not, my wild guess of the cause is that there's no bootloader component (GRUB2 Stage 1) written onto the Master Boot
    Record (MBR) of the hard drive. When you reach the final installation-settings screen of openSUSE, you can change the
    bootloader settings to enable MBR booting by clicking on a checkbox IIRC.
    Is there a screenshot of that somewhere? I think that's the problem, it's a very old computer, about six or seven years old.

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    On 2013-12-18, Astralogic <Astralogic@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
    > Is there a screenshot of that somewhere? I think that's the problem,
    > it's a very old computer, about six or seven years old.


    http://opensuse-guide.org/images/ins...t-overview.png

    .... I'm not sure that screenshot is taken from Version 13.1, but it should similar.

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    Take special note of this setting I illustrated
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    Quote Originally Posted by flymail View Post
    On 2013-12-18, Astralogic <Astralogic@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
    > Is there a screenshot of that somewhere? I think that's the problem,
    > it's a very old computer, about six or seven years old.


    http://opensuse-guide.org/images/ins...t-overview.png

    .... I'm not sure that screenshot is taken from Version 13.1, but it should similar.
    OK so am I right in assuming that I click "enable" next to MBR boot, and it will disable the boot option below it?

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    On 2013-12-18, Astralogic <Astralogic@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
    > OK so am I right in assuming that I click "enable" next to MBR boot, and
    > it will disable the boot option below it?


    To be honest I don't know. I imagine that if a pre-existing Windows installation is detected by the openSUSE installer,
    it (perhaps strangely?) defaults to disabling MBR booting. Enable it.

    Bear in mind we haven't in way established for sure that this is the cause. I've just taken a stab in dark, because more
    information is required to be certain, in particular the partition organisation and the BIOS settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Take special note of this setting I illustrated
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    How do I get to that screen during the installation?

    Edit: I also download all repositories (although I don't really know what they are), is that recommended?

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    On 2013-12-18, Astralogic <Astralogic@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
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    > caf4926;2609470 Wrote:
    >> Take special note of this setting I illustrated
    >> 821

    >
    > How do I get to that screen during the installation?


    You click of the underlined header (I think `Booting') on the Installation Settings screen shown in:

    http://opensuse-guide.org/images/ins...t-overview.png

    > Edit: I also download all repositories (although I don't really know
    > what they are), is that recommended?


    No. Repositories are storage locations online that contain software/code that you may choose or not choose to install on
    your local computer. There is no point downloading their entire contents. Actually it's a bad idea because that way you
    do not benefit from any updates/patches to software contained in the online repositories.

    You use your CD/DVD media to install the base system and default applications. If you wish to install additional
    software (such as Skype), you simply do so by going to openSUSE's control panel (called YaST), and search for the
    software you wish to install in the software manager. The software manager then looks in the repositories to search for
    you software `binaries', which are then downloaded and installed onto your computer. When you perform a system-wide
    update, the online repositories are queiried for new versions, and if new versions are found, the relevant packages are
    updated. So as you can see there is no point in downloading the instantaneous content of a specific repository.


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