Bad boot record:

i have a dell insperion 660 with a 1Tbit hard drive. i made a pertition and split it amost in half. Installed opensuse 12.3 to the newly created pertition. the machine seamed a little loggi and buffering when loading, but, it was running. i invoked yast, becouse there were a couple of programs i wanted to install. yast also showed me a bunch of patches it wanted to install. it took longer than 3 hrs, and then requested a reboot, witch i did. the machine never got back to the boot screen. instead went to grub rescue. my question is will a new install replace the damaged boot record ??

On 08/13/2013 10:06 PM, jack508 wrote:
> my question is will a new install
> replace the damaged boot record ??

do not reinstall…
instead wait for someone to guide you, it should be HOURS shorter (if
while waiting you don’t “do everything you can think of to fix it”
without knowing how)

(i can’t help, or would)


thank you Denver, I will heed your advice, as i don’t wish to do more damage !

Did you really only install in one partition? ie no swap?? recomended and by default is 3 partitions. swap,root and home

open a Konsole and show output of
su -
to become root then
fdisk -l

that is a lower case L not a one

Also does this machine have a BIOS or a UEFI?

Also which desktop, KDE or Gnome or something else?

Did you do a media check on the install disk before installing?

What Video does this machine have?

Did you install from the DVD or a live DVD? Like KDE or Gnome

Reinstalling can be done but you may have to manually select the partitions depending on is you used a live DVD or regular DVD

I am not I have an understanding of most of your questions. the partition was formatted using windows 8. I do not know how to tell if the DVD i’m installing from is live or not ? I do have UEFI mode on my machine. as for the other partitions doesn’t the install process handle that ?

Ok better to have no partition then one formatted by Windows. ie just give the installer free space to make the install.

If all the space is taken up with formatted partitions. The installer will want to resize them to give space that it needs. It would ask you about that. If you told it to install to that Windows formatted partition and not to reformat it ext4 then things simply will not work because it is a Windows format not a Linux foramt.

If UEFI is secure boot on and if so did you tell the installer to use secure boot install? You need to tell it since it can not see this for itself.

If there is a KDE or gnome in the name of the iso file you downloaded then you have a live version. You need to tun a media check (option on first menu) to see if you have a good burn of the ISO image Only you know what you did.