dual boot issue in Suse linux (machine with Ubuntu) and dual boot option for Windows

My laptop has Suse Linux OS and Ubuntu OS and when I have tried to change the Ubuntu OS (corrupted during upgrade) with Windows OS. I had the below issues.

  1. Windows can’t recognize Linux partition of Ubuntu and suggested to delete the Ubuntu partition (Sda 7 & Sda 8) and tried to create new partitions as D: & E: drives (instead of Sda7 & Sda8).

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2) This action throws an error while doing the windows setup.

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3) After this Suse Linux OS got corrupted and can’t able to boot in it.

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4) Kindly find the linux partition details for reference on the above.
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You say you have a multboot “Suse Linux OS” and “Ubuntu OS”. Then you start telling about a Windows problem. Does that mean that you also have a (some further unknown) MS Windows OS in the Multi-boot or do I misunderstand you?

While I can not answer on your Windows problem (I have no Windows knowledge), I woulld like to ask what you mean with “Suse Linux OS”?

When you mean openSUSE, then please tell us which version it is.

When you mean SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop/Server, then you are at the wrong forums. These are the openSUSE forums. The SLES/SLED forums are at https://forums.suse.com/forum.php, but I doubt they support multi-boot situations as you have.

(1) Do you mean that you wanted to remove Ubuntu and replace it by Windows ??

(2) What hardware do you have?

(3) Please do the following:
Boot Linux (openSUSE, Ubuntu, or …),
open a terminal,
become root (saying ‘su’),
say ‘parted -l’,
and post the output of that here.

Good luck
Mike

Hello all,

Thank you for your response, however i am sorry that the images are not displayed in my thread which lead to lot of confusions.

Kindly find the following:-

I have a system with dual boot of Suse linux 10.2 and Ubuntu 8.04. I have tried to update Ubuntu from 8.04 to 10.04, but it got corrupted. So I have decided to change the Ubuntu OS into Windows OS (like XP or other).

During the setup of Windows XP, it can’t recognize the Linux partition, hence I have deleted the Ubuntu partition (Sda 7 & Sda 8 in my system) and created a new partition as D: & E: in setup.

But it can’t install Win OS and exit with error of “disk not contains a windows XP compatible partition”.

And I have tried to exit from Windows setup and tried to boot Suse linux 10.2, however which also corrupted now.

Hence I would to know that

a) What is the actual issue (what went wrong?)
b) What happened to my partition table?
c) How to install Win XP in my system which has Suse linux 10.2?
d) How to rescue the Suse linux OS (I hope i didn’t do anything on that partitions)

requesting to support on my issue.

Thanks in advance.

On 2014-07-22 00:56 (GMT) prabhuvspj composed:

> I have a system with dual boot of Suse linux 10.2 and Ubuntu 8.04. I
> have tried to update Ubuntu from 8.04 to 10.04, but it got corrupted. So
> I have decided to change the Ubuntu OS into Windows OS (like XP or
> other).

> During the setup of Windows XP, it can’t recognize the Linux partition,
> hence I have deleted the Ubuntu partition (Sda 7 & Sda 8 in my system)
> and created a new partition as D: & E: in setup.

> But it can’t install Win OS and exit with error of “disk not contains a
> windows XP compatible partition”.

> And I have tried to exit from Windows setup and tried to boot Suse linux
> 10.2, however which also corrupted now.

> Hence I would to know that

> a) What is the actual issue (what went wrong?)

You cannot install Windows XP unless either:
1:there exists a native (FAT/FAT32/NTFS) primary partition on the first HD, or
2:there exists freespace compatible with creation of a compatible primary
partition on the first HD

> b) What happened to my partition table?

Possibly nothing significant. More analysis is required to determine the
current state of your HD partitioning. You could try using a boot media with
Parted Magic or other partitioning tool, such as exists on current openSUSE
installation or rescue media, to create a partition Windows can use for C:.
Without a C:, which must be a primary partition on what Windows recognizes as
a first or only HD, you cannot install Windows XP. A reading of
http://fm.no-ip.com/PC/install-doz-after.html may be helpful to you here.

> c) How to install Win XP in my system which has Suse linux 10.2?

See above.

> d) How to rescue the Suse linux OS (I hope i didn’t do anything on that
> partitions)

More than likely all that has caused 10.2 to be unable to boot is that its
bootloader has become in need of repair as consequence of how you went about
making your HD changes.

> requesting to support on my issue.

Rescuing 10.2 would most likely be better left to be done after you get
Windows installed, if you really do plan to proceed to install it. If you
rescue 10.2 before installing XP, 10.2 will almost certainly need rescuing
again at least to some extent after Windows is installed.

Before doing anything more, first take a glance at the following:
https://old-en.opensuse.org/Bugs/grub#How_does_a_PC_boot_.2F_How_can_I_set_up_a_working_GRUB.3F

Well, SUSE Linux 10.2 is even older then openSUSE. End of support was in 2010! Do you realy hope that anybody here can dig so deep in his memories to give you usefull help?

Second hing is that you tried to install a new Ubuntu version and that you seem to have broken your system with that. This are NOT the Ubuntu forums.

Then you have problems installing Windows XP. This are NOT the Windows XP forums. What sort of expertise do you expect from these forums here?

And when you want to get any comment from people here on what your partitioning is at the moment, you should follow ratzi’s advise and boot from any Linux system (e.g. a openSUSE life system, or the Rescue mode of an openSUSE installation DVD) and do

fdisk -l

redirecting the output to e.g. an USB stick and post it here (between CODE tags, it is the # button in the tool bar of the post editor.

Hello Mike,

Thanks for your reply.

As suggested i have followed your steps and kindly find the output.


Disk geometry for /dev/sda: 0kB - 320 GB
Disk label type: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 32kB 107GB 107GB Primary reiserfs type=83
2 107GB 215GB 107GB Primary ext3 type=83
3 215GB 216GB 1078MB Primary reiserfs boot, type=83
4 216GB 320GB 104GB extended lba, type=0f
5 216GB 220GB 4302MB logical linux-swap type=82
6 220GB 263GB 43GB logical fat32 type=0b
7 263GB 295GB 31GB logical ext3 lba, type=0e
8 295GB 316GB 21GB logical lba, type=0e

Thanks in advane.

regards