I am new to linux environment.
I already have Win7 on my Laptop. Yesterday I installed OpenSuSE 11.4 as well.
My 300GB HDD is partiotioned as 400MB system (hidden); 150GB C Drive; 120GB D drive; rest all for OpenSuSE.
sda1 is system
sda2 is C drive
sda3 is extended partition
sda5 is D drive
others are linux ext4 and swap partitions.
During installation, I enabled the “Boot from MBR” option under the booting option.
Everything went fine and linux also booted.
I wanted to switch to Win7 and when I choose Win7 to boot from Grub, it was showing the following message:
BOOTMGR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart*
Then, as I saw from some forums, I put Win7 CD and did recovery. Now, there is no grub loading. No multiboot option. Win7 loads automatically.
Can you please help on the following queries?
Where will be the boot loader in Win 7? In System partition or C:\ ? How to find it ?
What is the above rootnoverify saying in the above lines?
How can I get the OpenSuSe back?
I can reinstall again… But what is the setting i should use for Booting?
when i did “fdisk -l” on opensuse, the * mark for boot column is on the sda3 partition. What this means?
Thanks in advance for your help!
This should get you on the right tracks:
GRUB Boot Multiboot openSUSE Windows (2000, XP, Vista) using the Grub bootloader.
There’s plenty of similar guides if you google.
November 2, 2011, 11:52am
I see this is your first post: Welcome here!
And when you want to report about your partitions, please use
and put everything betweenn CODE tags:
Posting in Code Tags - A Guide
That gives real information (instead of your story) and the CODE tags makes the computer texts readable.
Thanks for the reply.
In the 11.4 DVD which i installed, I dont see an option for “Repair Installed System”. There are only “New installation” and “Update”.
Yes, it’s no longer in 11.4. Sorry, forgot how old swerdna’s guide is and I haven’t dual-booted for a while myself. Here’s a couple of alternative guides:
Install openSUSE alongside Win7/Vista - A Guide
techieNetizen’s Web Log: Dual or Multiple boot Windows 7 with openSUSE 11.3 , 11.4, Ubuntu etc with EasyBCD GRUB bootloader
I remember when I dual booted myself I always found EasyBCD the easiest and most flexible route to take.
November 2, 2011, 12:53pm
open a terminal and post result of
su - fdisk.mpeg - YouTube
Please find the fdisk output as below.
sedhu-lin:~ # fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 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: 0xa36ac011
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 2048 821247 409600 27 Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda2 821248 314165247 156672000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 * 314165310 625137344 155486017+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 314165312 562435649 124135169 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda6 562436096 579207167 8385536 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 579209216 610437119 15613952 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 610439168 625135615 7348224 83 Linux
November 2, 2011, 8:48pm
Use SUSE to examine the partitions sda1, sda2 and sda5
Does bootmgr exist on any of those
I’m wondering if the boot entry is just pointing to the wrong partition
The partion with the boot code should also have: BOOTSECT.BAK and hiberfil.sys
Could you please elaborate on how to examine this ?
which command should i use for the same?
November 2, 2011, 8:57pm
Are you using kde or gnome
November 2, 2011, 9:07pm
In the dolphin file manager go to ‘View’ > Panels > Enable folders and Places
So you see the Various partitions of your HD
Click to view them
You will need to enter your root password to authenticate
I could not locate the sda1 on the file manager! it is listing the other drives however, i searched for bootmgr and i could see it in c:\windows\ folder. /home/muruganandham/Documents/snapshot1.png
November 2, 2011, 9:41pm
It will be directly on the partition
I take it you don’t have a windows DVD?
There is this option to repair it
Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files
Or download supergrubdisk and see if it can boot windows
I have windows installation DVD. Yesterday I put it and I recovered the Win7 boot too. But if I recover it with win7, then grub is not loading. it directly loads windows as a single boot system. Today I have installed the OpenSuSE again; still it gives the same error; could not load windows.
Is there a way to recover it thru OpenSuSe so that I can keep both OS.
Can we do something with the YaST–>Boot Loader ?
November 2, 2011, 9:59pm
Repair windows again, just the bootloader.
Get parted Magic from here
Burn it to a CD
Us Parted Magic to put the boot flag on sda3
Eg: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/bootflag%20-%20labels.mpeg (this just an example video)
Now still using parted magic
Re-Install Grub Quickly with Parted Magic
This will re-install grub
But if windows doesn’t boot. Don’t panic, just tell us and we can help.