Getting the grub loader to show up for open suse 11.0

Hello, I am trying to run a dual boot of vista and opensuse 11.0. I installed opensuse fine no problems, and I was able to get a choice of whether to log into opensuse or vista. Suse loaded fine but when I tried to go into vista I got an error saying a boot loader file was missing. I put the vista installation dvd in, and fixed it by going into the command prompt. After I rebooted, the grub loader didn’t show up, and I was taken right into vista. How do I get the grub loader choice for suse or vista back?


Have a look at this article,

Best way to about this, dual boot business is to install Vista first and
then Linux. And Linux will take care of this automatically.

Niclas Ekstedt, CNA/CNE/CNS/CLS
Systems Engineer/NSC Sysop
Telindus Sweden AB

I did install vista first, and I am still at where I am…

I think you have to write grub back to the MBR to get things working the way you want. With the default setting gurb will place/install itself on your boot partition. With fixing the Vista boot, vista has placed it’s bootloader back in the MBR.

Have a closer look at step 9 in the article suggested by Niclas;

Now we are ready for the final step - installing grub. Run the following command:

grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/hda

I don’t dualboot with Vista (chucked it from my system), but the trick is in correct chain loading in grub.

Yeah I had already tried the article, but when I was finished, it just wiped out the vista option at boot loader (on top of that compiz screwed up suse already). When I tried manually entering vista in as a partition in the suse boot manager file, I got an error message when I tried to boot into vista. Is there any way I can fix this problem by going into vista’s boot manager in windows? After that I may need to repair my system to get compiz out of there as well.

I don’t have the details for you on dual booting with Vista as I have gotten lazy and reverted to using a boot manager. To much hassle when you get to set up different systems on the same machine as much I a tend to (not meant to brag! Just focusing on how lazy I like to be :wink: )

I know there are members here that have the experience to lead you through this, but it might be better to open a new thread with a direct title, like ‘need help in dual booting with Vista’

There could be some good threads in the archives, but I can’t judge them to be able to point them out to you.

Would be good if you get it fixed and let ‘us’ know!