Can't boot into windows after suse 11 install

Everytime i try to boot windows now that i’ve gotten 11 successfully installed, it gives me the following error (well, i assume its an error)

root noverifty (hd0,5)
chainloader(hd0,5) +1

Now when you answer talk to me like i’m a complete moron, I’m VERY, VERY new to linux.

Thanks.

How many Hard drives have you got?

In a terminal type:
su
then your root password (it does not display as you type)

now type
fdisk -l

post results here

The fole you will need to alter is at this location
/boot/grub/menu.lst

you need to be root to view and edit

post the contents here too

I’m having the same problem, here’s my info

fdisk -l

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 30402 244196352 7 HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00015489

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 262 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sdb2 263 2873 20972857+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb3 2874 30401 221118660 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sdc: 640.1 GB, 640135028736 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 77825 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xee86d4e6

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 1 77825 625129281 7 HPFS/NTFS

menu.lst

Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Sun Oct 5 22:50:57 MST 2008

default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd1,1)/boot/message

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title openSUSE 11.0 - 2.6.25.16-0.1
root (hd1,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.16-0.1-pae root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD2500JD-00WD-WCAL72427601-part2 resume=/dev/sdb1 splash=silent showopts vga=0x317
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25.16-0.1-pae

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
title Failsafe – openSUSE 11.0 - 2.6.25.16-0.1
root (hd1,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.16-0.1-pae root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD2500JD-00WD-WCAL72427601-part2 showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 edd=off x11failsafe vga=0x317
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25.16-0.1-pae

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###
title Vista
rootnoverify (hd1,1)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1

Try changing this:

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###
title Vista
rootnoverify (hd1,1)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1

to this:

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###
title Vista
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1

thanks! that did the trick.

Cool, score one for the good guys.

Hi! I’m a newbie with the same problem!!! HELP!!!

I read the previous posts but i didn’t understand how to solve the problem…

after fdisk, it shows:

Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xb9dfb9df

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2 29279 235175535 f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 2 9661 77593918+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 9662 22715 104856223+ e W95 FAT16 (LBA)
/dev/sda7 22716 25128 19382391 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 25129 29279 33342876 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sdb: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x7c77c5ab

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 38913 312568641 7 HPFS/NTFS

Please Help!! Thanks

@Xipainai
PLease post also the contents of the Grub configuration file located at /boot/grub/menu.lst. You can view the contents with this command in a console:

sudo cat /boot/grub/menu.lst

Also, we can’t help you unless you use words to describe the arrangement of the partitions on your disks, including:

  • which partition is for windows operating system
  • which partition/s is/are for windows storage
  • which version of windows
  • is that really a fat16 partition

Sorry to bump an old thread… but the above shoe fits, and after following
GRUB Boot Multiboot openSUSE Windows (2000, XP, Vista) using the Grub bootloader.

Am perhaps more confused than before…any help would be appreciated!!!

XPx64 installed on /dev/sda first followed by a
normal windoze dual boot install of Vistax64 on
/dev/sdb

df -h

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdd2              20G  2.8G   16G  15% /
udev                  1.9G  120K  1.9G   1% /dev
/dev/sdd3             208G  207M  197G   1% /home
/dev/sda1             150G   49G  101G  33% /windows/C
/dev/sdb1             150G   22G  128G  15% /windows/D
/dev/sdc1             299G  279G   20G  94% /windows/E


fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19452 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x41ab2316

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1       19451   156240126    7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x07d1cea4

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1       19457   156288321    7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdc: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x9abb9abb

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1               1       38913   312568641    7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdd: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc54cf326

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdd1               1         262     2104483+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sdd2             263        2873    20972857+  83  Linux
/dev/sdd3            2874       30401   221118660   83  Linux

cat /boot/grub/menu.lst

Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Thu Nov 20 17:47:04 CST 2008

default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd3,1)/boot/message

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title openSUSE 11.0
root (hd3,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD2500JD-50WD-WMAEP3057963-part2 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
title Failsafe – openSUSE 11.0
root (hd3,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD2500JD-50WD-WMAEP3057963-part2 showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume edd=off x11failsafe
initrd /boot/initrd

title Vista
rootnoverify (hd3,0)
chainloader \dev\sdb1\

title XP
rootnoverify (hd3,0)

Looks like you should be like this, but it can depend on boot order and grub placement:

edit /boot/grub/menu.lst
with the following

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###
title XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###
title Vista
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader (hd1,0)+1

I’ve intruded into your post bouncer_texxx to line some things up with code/code blocks. Couldn’t read it easily.

Anyway, I think you have the vista bootloader on sda1 where vista incorporated xp into a dual boot via codes vista wrote to sda1.

So in Grub’s menu.lst file we need an entry that addresses a chainloader situation on sda1. Edit menu.lst and delete these lines:

title Vista
etc etc

title XP
etc etc

and in their place put these lines:

title Dual Boot of Vista and XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1 

You can open menu.lst (a text file) for editing in a superuser text editor wiith this console command for Gnome desktop

gnomesu gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

or if using KDE this is the command

kdesu kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst

Good luck

Swerdna

Anyway, I think you have the vista bootloader on sda1 where vista incorporated xp into a dual boot via codes vista wrote to sda1.

Good point. I hadn’t considered / noticed that.

The stand out clue was the difference between these two lines:


/dev/sda1   *           1       19451   156240126    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb1               1       19457   156288321    7  HPFS/NTFS

:wink:

swerdna:
That avatar is doing my head in mate.
Maybe it has some special significance down under?

It’s truly appalling isn’t it. Somebody in another post said my old one was creepy. “Yikes” I said, and guess what I came up with. When I get some time, I’ll put it through Gimp and make the eyes blink rotfl!

I was going to say that

worked perfectly, thanks so much. Never had issues with grub before, it’s always “just worked” !!!

It’s probably because the developers wrote the code for Yast to handle windows in Grub before vista existed. And also in your case you’ve got a triple boot across three drives. Who would have anticipated those two things 5-10 years ago?

I’m also new at Linux, just grabbed the basics a little.

I’ve read the thread, and to fix my boot problem I’ve deducted that I may need to change;

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###
title Vista
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1
lines, to;

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###
title Vista
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1
My Windows OS is installed on sdb1, according to Linux. So then, “hd1,0” seemed correct… And I’m stuck a little bit.


Menu.lst

Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Sun Nov 23 21:32:16 UTC 2008

default 1
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd1,0)/message

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: xen###
title Xen – openSUSE 11.0 - 2.6.25.5-1.1
root (hd1,0)
kernel /xen.gz
module /vmlinuz-2.6.25.5-1.1-xen root=/dev/system/root resume=/dev/system/swap splash=silent showopts vga=0x31a
module /initrd-2.6.25.5-1.1-xen

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title openSUSE 11.0 - 2.6.25.5-1.1
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.25.5-1.1-default root=/dev/system/root resume=/dev/system/swap splash=silent showopts vga=0x31a
initrd /initrd-2.6.25.5-1.1-default

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
title Failsafe – openSUSE 11.0 - 2.6.25.5-1.1
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.25.5-1.1-default root=/dev/system/root showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume edd=off x11failsafe vga=0x31a
initrd /initrd-2.6.25.5-1.1-default

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: xen-xen###
title XEN
root (hd1,0)
kernel /xen.gz
module /vmlinuz-xen root=/dev/system/root resume=/dev/system/swap splash=silent showopts vga=0x31a
module /initrd-xen

###Don’t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows###
title Windows
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1


fdisk

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x4bc84bc7

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 9 72261 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 10 19457 156216060 8e Linux LVM

Disk /dev/sdb: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xde1dde1d

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 10071 80895276 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb2 10072 60800 407480692+ f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sdb5 10072 22819 102398278+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb6 22820 60800 305082351 7 HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/dm-0: 125.5 GB, 125522935808 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 15260 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/dm-0 doesn’t contain a valid partition table

Disk /dev/dm-1: 32.2 GB, 32212254720 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3916 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/dm-1 doesn’t contain a valid partition table

Disk /dev/dm-2: 2147 MB, 2147483648 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 261 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/dm-2 doesn’t contain a valid partition table
[hr]

What do I need to do?

And also, how do I edit the menu.lst file? (By which program should I open it?)

This looks like your windows partition containg the file bootmgr and the directory /boot is this one:

/dev/sdb1 * 1 10071 80895276 7 HPFS/NTFS

In which case you could try this:

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###
title Vista
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader (hd1,0)+1