I am running into a problem on my brand new laptop, a HP Pavilion Entertainment PC dv6. It came pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium edition. My goal was to install OpenSuse 11.1 next to it in a dual boot configuration.
Installation wend well at first. I used the installer-advised setup and let it change my partitioning, shrinking the windows partition to make space for OpenSuse. The problem started when the bootloader was to be created. There was an error (that I unfortunately did not copy or write down) from GRUB. It told me something about a partition that did not exist. I tried about every option in the installer at that point, end ended up in a situation where the installer insisted on creating a bootfloppy, while the laptop has no floppy drive. At one point I still got the error from the installer itself, but this time there were two GRUB outputs under one another, the second one claiming that the process had gone OK. I think that was after I checked another location for the bootloader or something like that. Sorry I am not being more precise here…
The installer restarted the laptop, and… nothing. The bios, which I can’t really enter, claims that there is no OS installed, and it can’t start from the OpenSuse DVD that I burned. I managed to start the laptop using an older OpenSuse Live CD. I used the partitioner to get an overview of my current HD partition layout:
/dev/sda 232.8 GB Hitachi-HTS54322 /dev/sda1 100.5 GB HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda2 10.5 GB HPFS/NTFS (Label: Recovery) /dev/sda3 121.7 GB Extended /dev/sda5 2.0 GB Linux Swap /dev/sd6 20.0 GB Linux native /dev/sda7 99.7 GB Linux native
I have copied the above from a screenshot, and left out the start and end columns and the other columns that were empty.
When I start the bootloader utiltiy from Yast, I get the following error:
Because of the partitioning, the boot loader cannot be installed properly
Since I am using the partitioning suggested by the installer, that suprised me…
Can somebody please point me in the right direction to make the system usable again? Since I don’t have Vista installation media and I need windows for work, I can not really afford to loose the windows partitions. Of course, I would prefer a solution to make the dual boot work, but at least making windows boot again would already be a huge advantage.
Thanks for any pointers you can provide me.