11.4 installation issues and corrupt boot

Hi,

I tried to install opensuse 11.4 on my machine but I think it has messed up my computer. My machine is dual-bootable with winxp and opensuse 11.2. I downloaded and burnt opensuse 11.4 onto a dvd and tried installing it. I kept getting some error whilst I was installing (some scriptlet failed or something) but I ignored them. Then at the end it said installation failed. Now when I try to restart my computer it just says GRUB_ and can’t get to even winxp. So I guess the boot loader is messed up as well. I did make a backup before I did this but it’s a pain to setup my xp again.

> I kept getting some error whilst I was installing … but I ignored them.

do you also ignore stop lights when driving?
or “Shark infested waters!” signs when swimming?
or . . .


DD
openSUSE®, the “German Automobiles” of operating systems

Thanks that really helped my problem. Besides, by the time the I started seeing these error the installation had already begun, i.e. wiped off my current installation so I had no choice.

On 10/05/2011 02:26 PM, lostidentity wrote:
>
> Thanks that really helped my problem.

did you do this prior to beginning the install:
http://tinyurl.com/3qde66h

if not, do it now and if the install media is bad throw it out and rum
md5sum against the iso you downloaded…before proceeding with burning
new install media…

if your install media is/was ok, then … well … well, it would be
kinda nice to know a lot more about the errors you ignored…

hmmmm… ou say you tried “installing” 11.4, so you were not ‘upgrading’
but installing, right?

is it a DVD or a Live CD you have? well, i think in either case you can
boot and learn if your XP continues to exist on the drive…

and, if it is a live cd you should be able to . . . hmmmm…hmmm,
anyone know if the installer would write an install log, to where and
named what?

can you boot from a disk and provide the terminal output from these:


sudo cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
df -h
cat /proc/partitions
cat /etc/fstab
sudo /sbin/fdisk -l
uname-a
cat /etc/SuSE-release

copy/paste the output back to this thread using the instructions here:
http://goo.gl/i3wnr

SHARK!!


DD
Caveat
openSUSE®, the “German Automobiles” of operating systems

I just did a checksum and it’s correct.

It’s a DVD and yes I wanted to install not upgrade.

How do I boot? I’m trying to fix the grub issues by following this Re-Install Grub Quickly with Parted Magic but it doesn’t work either.

OK so I’ve tried this using Parted Magic. This is what I did

grub> find /boot/grub/menu.lst
(hd0,5)

grub> root (hd0,5)
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83

grub> setup (hd0)
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... no
Checking if "/grub/stage1" exists... no

Error 15: File not found


On 10/05/2011 06:46 PM, lostidentity wrote:
>
> OK so I’ve tried this using Parted Magic. This is what I did
>
>
> Code:
> --------------------
> grub> find /boot/grub/menu.lst
> (hd0,5)
>
> grub> root (hd0,5)
> Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
>
> grub> setup (hd0)
> Checking if “/boot/grub/stage1” exists… no
> Checking if “/grub/stage1” exists… no
>
> Error 15: File not found

sounds like your install attempt succeeded in removing grub (at
least)…do you have (or can you get) a Live CD and then provide us with
the output i previously requested?

i do not know, but maybe it is possible to do that from the command line
of the Parted Magic you have (i’m not very familiar with that
product…[booted it once, last Feb…for about 5 minutes]…


DD
Caveat-Hardware-Software-
openSUSE®, the “German Automobiles” of operating systems

I went into Rescue System and was able to get the command line. But there was no file at /boot/grub/

I then tried to use the Super Grub Disk but when I booted with it, it said no operating system.

Thinking that I’ve got nothing to lose now, I’m installing 11.4 again. This time it hasn’t given me any errors even when I’ve done the same things as before.

So I re-installed it and I’ve got the boot menu back. Everythings OK.

On 10/05/2011 08:06 PM, lostidentity wrote:
>
> So I re-installed it and I’ve got the boot menu back. Everythings OK.

happy to hear you got it all back…

i would say that when you get a warning in the future just stop…write
down the warning and go to another machine and ask a question…or
google the warning message…

or . . .


DD
openSUSE®, the “German Automobiles” of operating systems

On 2011-10-05 19:56, lostidentity wrote:
>
> I went into Rescue System and was able to get the command line. But
> there was no file at /boot/grub/

Notice that directory would be from the CD of the rescue system, not of the
hard disk.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4 x86_64 “Celadon” at Telcontar)