GRUB error : incompatible license


I have OpenSUSE Leap 15.0 running on a Dell Latitude E6230 laptop. After the last update, the system refuses to boot. After the GRUB countdown, here’s the error message:

Loading Linux 4.12.15-lp150.12.48-default ...
error: incompatible license.
Loading initial ramdisk ...
error: incompatible license.

Any idea what’s going on here?

Cheers from the sunny South of France.

Error message comes from grub2 and means it does not find required information in its module(s). This could be result of filesystem corruption. I once had similar effect due to incomplete sync on shutdown (or may be it was power loss, not sure right now).

Are you using BIOS or EFI? What filesystems do you use for /boot/grub2/i386-pc or /boot/grub2/x86_64-efi?

I used Legacy BIOS mode for installation.


Do you have the latest Dell BIOS installed?– AFAICS this should be the version “A09” from the 3rd of April 2013 – Dell has a DOS image which can be executed from a bootable MS-DOS device.

Can you repair the ‘/boot’ partition by means of the repair tools on the Leap 15.0 installation DVD?