I just rebuilt my PC with a Gigabyte 970A-UD3 motherboard, AMD Athlon II X3 455 3.3 Ghz CPU, and 4 MB of RAM.
Using the Seagate Model: ST31000340AS 1 TB hard drive that previously was just /Home as the only drive.
Using the openSUSE 12.1 KDE LiveCD, I formatted the Seagate drive with a swap, root and home partitions, using root for grub install. I removed the CD when prompted to restart, the PC restarted, and completed configuration, then I updated the software, rebooted because of the kernel update, and continued on my merry way, working on getting my system back to where I had it with programs, tweaks and such. Shutdown the PC, and when I started it up later, I got a no system files found, insert system disk and hit Enter message.
So, I put the CD back in, hit Enter, and when I got to the partition table, there was swap, home was /, and root was blank.
Reinstalled, this time creating a separate boot partition, swap. root and home. Went through the configuration and update procedure again. Shut down the PC, booted up later, now I get GRUB Geom error. Reinstalled again, and not shutting down ever.
Anyway, checked menu.lst, and grub.config files. Both are empty. Checked menu.lst.old and grub.config.old and both have data. Tried doing a sudo fdisk -l, and get fdisk not found.
This is my third PC build, and have always used Gigabyte boards, and AMD CPU’s without problems. Also tried reinstalling the openSUSE 11.4 Gnome I had previously with the same results.
Should I have installed grub to MBR? Any ideas on what is going on?