I am a complete newbie to linux, so please forgive me if I’m not exact enough. Here is what happened:
I have a laptop from the VAIO SE series that has a recovery partition (no recovery disks, and also my CD-ROM does not work now anyway). Using the Win Disk Management I partitioned the disk so I could have it all - basically it looked something like that:
C: Windows 7 system
D: data partition (made under Win)
L: for Suse
free space here
M: for Linux Mint
O: swap partition
I first installed Linux Mint, as a sort of backup in case I couldn’t get Suse to work (I have to work on Linux, therefore I wanted to have one secured). The installation (performed from an USB, where it was put by Universal USB Installer) was successful and then I proceeded to install Suse on disk L (in the same way, from an USB). I managed to properly assign disks during the installation (95% sure) and it completed well. However, Suse was running unbelievably slowly and also during the booting I only had an option to choose SUSE or Win (Mint disappeared from the boot options - I can see in the file system that the disks are still there, btw).
So putting little thought to it (this is probably where the problem started :mad:) I just did format on the partition L (with SUSE) under Windows… Problem was that I think SUSE changed something in the booting settings of the system, because then, once I tried to restart my computer, nothing happened.
So then I installed SUSE again in order to get anything working. Indeed, something works. When booting starts (and the booting has ensembles of SUSE already) I get the following options:
SUSE (fail-recovery) [or some similar name, you get the point]
Windows 1 leads to my C: Windows system. However, both Suse and Windows work poorly, they are terribly slow now and also they freeze a lot, the monitor turns on or off at random times - a complete disaster! I couldn’t work on systems that are so unstable (I use my computer to control experiments and so the performance should be continuous).
Now in principle my VAIO laptop as an ASSIST button that when pressed while computer is off should take me to the recovery mode. However, now it takes me to the SUSE boot options… the same that when I just turn the computer on. And if I choose Windows 2 option, I get the following message:
BOOTMGR is missing
Press Alt+Ctrl+Del to restart
Could you please tell me if there any options that I could
- check whether my recovery partition is OK
- use the said recovery partition?
I have all my stuff backed-up, so I don’t mind erasing all the data if necessary. As I am pretty familiar with Windows, I would just love to make the Win7 recovery partition to get everything formatted and installed anew.
I will be incredibly grateful for any help!