cannot boot from hdd but both os are still fine.

What I did -

  1. Installed open suse 11.1 on a separate drive. However I installed grub on new 100mb boot partition.
  2. After completing installation. at next restart no options. Live cd was not able to boot from hdd.
  3. I wanted to use vista boot loader to control my boot.
  4. Inserted vista bootable dvd. At repair screen it said no partition found. It repaired this prob and at next restart I inserted suse live cd and selected boot from hdd. Vista booted successfully.
  5. In easyBCD I created an entry for suse 11.1 (I also tried to reinstall vista bootloader from EasyBCD. No results )
  6. Now everytime I start my computer, Intel boot agent loads and says “media test failure, check cable”
  7. If I put live cd in and select boot from hdd, EasyBCD loader loads successfully, showing two entries - vista and opensuse. And I can successfully access both the operating systems.
  8. Without live cd, it slways says no bootable media found. please insert bootable disc.
    Please help :’(:’(

Boot to OpenSuse and in a terminal as su, do

fdisk -l

if you tell us what is what that will help

There is a really good guide here that will help you sort out you boot problems


here is output of fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xce71ce71

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 6374 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 * 6375 30398 192972780 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 6375 12748 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 12749 19122 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda7 19123 25496 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda8 25497 28368 23069308+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda9 28369 28630 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda10 28631 29410 6265318+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda11 29411 30386 7839688+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda12 30387 30398 96358+ 83 Linux

My problem is that if I select boot from hdd in live cd menu, I can load easy BCD menu and vista,suse successfully but without live cd I cannot boot. It says no boot device found, please insert bootable disk.
In my BIOS settings, my hdd is 1st in boot menu, DVD ROM is 2nd.
Changing these options doesn’t helps.

Check this thread
Winhoes no longer likes to boot after fresh install - Page 4 - openSUSE Forums

Thank you veeeeeeeeeeeeery much caf4926. This is the second time you have helped me so quickly.rotfl!rotfl!
Here is what I did, this may help people facing same problem.

  1. Inserted vista bootable DVD.
  2. Started command prompt from repair options.
  3. gave following commands
    select disk 0
    list partition
    select partition 1 (This is my vista’s C drive)
  4. Now again these commands -
    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /rebuildbcd
    bootrec /fixboot
  5. At next restart , I got my Easy BCD loader Back rotfl!

Happy to be of some assistance.