I was running openSuSE 13.2 on my ASUS N75SF, the PC having two harddisks, a rotating disk ‘sda’ having NTFS for data backup, and an SSD ‘sdb’ for operating system and data. The system worked flawlessly since 13.1. On 12 January, the little ‘Update icon’ indicated that there were updates waiting; clicking the icon showed that 1532 updates were waiting. Based on the good experiences I have had with that way of updating lately, I happily started the update. Somewhere in the process it stopped, the cause being the Vivaldi browser. I removed Vivaldi and continued the update. The reboot failed, so I tried to do an update by using the original 13.2 CD, which failed. Then I burned a new openSuSE CD on a Win7 PC, and overlooked (shame on me!) that I got some stuff for putting Win on my computer as well (not the system itself, only some kind of preamble; default wenn burning CD in Win 7). Then, when trying to read the openSuSE disk, I was getting the message “BOOTMGR missing. Push Cntrl+Alt+Del for restart”; doing that, I was back to the message again.
The last backup (on ‘sda’, the NTFS-disk) was at least 3 days to old to be interesting, so I had two problems:
i) Find and install the appropriate boot manager; and
ii) Back up all user data
Problem i) I did not dare to attack until I had a backup of my user data, so besides copying all user data in triplicate I did the following:
Updated BIOS and removed the ‘NTFS data disk’, that gave me the login-screen with the light-bulb (42.1 ?), moved the system disk to slot #1 and added a clean SSD for slot 2.
Logged in. Got the message “Could not start kdeinit4. Check your installation”. Pushing the OK-button gives me the login screen.
Tried the ‘Custom option’; same result as 2).
Tried the ‘IceVM option’, got command-window. See below.
Tried the 'KDE Plasma Workspace” option; same result as 2).
Tried the 'KDE Plasma Workspace (failsafe session)” option; same result as 2).
Tried the “Failsafe” option. Got command window; see below.
Very interesting is that setting DVD-drive as the first boot option when powering up does not take, the DVD is not read. Trying to use YaST for booting fails, the YaST2 log ends with 'YaST seems to be aborted abnormally !
If anybody could come up with a good solution to my problem, I would be extremely thankfull.
Thanks and regards,