Boot problems

I have a quad boot system with Windows XP/Obuntu gnome/KDE/OpenSUSE gnome. My OpenSUSE install is on a IDE drive and the other OSs are on SATA drives. When I go from another OS to OpenSUSE, sometimes it will boot clean and alot of the time it will load up to a command prompt and doesn’t load the GUI. Sometimes I need to Ctrl-alt-del 3 or 4 times to get the GUI to load.
OpenSUSE 11.4 is my OS of choice lately unless I’m playing games and I would like to know why this keeps happening.
Any ideas would be appreciated.:\

What specifically do you mean by “command prompt” - do you get a Grub command prompt, or the “normal” text-based openSUSE login prompt? One would be a indication of a problem with the boot sector/method, the other more a problem with drivers (most likely your graphics driver).

And whose Grub is controlling the booting?

On 2011-04-11 04:06, Yaakov69 wrote:
> I have a quad boot system with Windows XP/Obuntu gnome/KDE/OpenSUSE
> gnome.

I don’t understand why having a separate boot for gnome and another for
kde. I have both in the same system, and a few more.

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” at Telcontar)

It’s a SUSE login prompt. Grub seems to be working fine. It also says sometimes, “no job contro in this shell”, or at times it says "acpid: waiting for events : event logging is off.

“no job control in this shell” - I think this is an indication that something is wrong with root’s shell. That doesn’t look good.

Can you try booting into Runlevel 3: reboot the box and on the boot selection screen, enter 3 (just the number) and then <enter> to initiate the boot. Does that give you a proper shell?

Can you post the result of “fdisk -l” ?