I’ve just reinstalled my mashined and decided to install openSuse again, together with Vista.
First, I installed Vista and left 40gb space on my primary HDD for Linux - should be enough. Then I installed openSuse 11.1 x64, which works fine. Everything works normally, untill I start Vista again.
It seems like it overwrites Grub (or just the mbr), because when I reboot my pc after starting Vista, there’s no sign of Grub - Vista starts directly.
So I started searching on the net for a solution, and found one which uses the Vista Bootloader: How to dual-boot Vista with Linux (with Linux installed first) – the step-by-step guide with screenshots
but it doesn’t work. If i try to boot linux from NeoGrub, I get Error 2: bad file or directory type.
I also tried to repair Grub with the OpenSuse DVD, which doesn’t do anything - besides telling me everything worked and at the and I get a blue screen which tells me that something failed (not a bsod, looks like kernel panic screen or something similar). Also, if I use the repair system and try to boot the linux installation from there, it tells me that it can’t find one. So Vista starts fine, but I can’t access the linux installtion. The sticky thread ( Fixing vista multiboot with openSUSE - openSUSE Forums ) didn’t help my, too.
Does anybody have a clue how to get it working again? Back in the days when I was unsing XP it worked well that way, because Grub is a great bootloard (and that of xp isn’t), but it didn’t overwrite the mbr after a proper start.
My system specs (in case it helps):
Intel Core2Duo E6750
ASUS P5N-D Motherboard (nForce 750i SLI Chipset)
4x2GB DDR2 Ram
150GB WD Raptor (split into 100GB Vista, 40GB Linux, 2GB Swap)
2x750GB WD in Raid-0