Okay. I reinstalled. Used the same partitions, formatting only /. No files preserved.
AND, openSUSE installer did what I’ve always known it to do: leave previously installed systems unbootable. I don’t know, but I presume it overwrites the existing MBR, leaving out any system other than itself.
During installation, but before the installation actually began, there was a summation of the partitioning, etc… At some place in the summation was something to the effect of:
MBR Location: sda
Boot from MBR enabled (disable)[highlighted blue]
Boot from / disabled (enable)[highlighted blue]
Like I’ve said in the past, “Please assume I know nothing.” Well it seemed to me (still does) that if I leave “Boot from MBR enabled” alone; i.e., don’t change it by clicking on the blue “disable,” that the MBR would remain at sda. And that “Boot from / disabled” meant that the installer would not have grub at openSUSE’s / – as it would if I had clicked on the blue “enable.” So, just so I’ll know in the future, do I have that right? If not, will someone explain it to me?
And to add insult to injury, I bet Instlux doesn’t do that to windoz.
In the past (except for this time, time before this and the first time I installed openSUSE), I’ve always had PCLinuxOS installed first. An OpenSUSE install would leave PCLinuxOS out of the MBR, but I’d simply use a PCLinuxOS live CD to redo the MBR. In fact, PCLinuxOS has two such options one to redo the MBR and one to add other systems with the boatloader (I think I’m putting that right).
Well, I don’t have PCLinuxOS installed on my computer right now and Linux Mint, that is the Linux Mint live CD, doesn’t have the boot options that PCLinuxOS has. And once again, SystemrescueCD won’t boot Linux Mint! What does openSUSE’s installer do to accomplish that that other distros don’t and why?
What to do? Some help here would be very much appreciated.
In case anyone is wondering why I installed 11.2 lately after jumping ship when it first came out, a systems engineer I know was crowing about how great openSUSE is. Well, I know 11.0 and 11.1 were real fine OSes, but he thinks 11.2 is,too (but maybe that’s because he’s an expert and can fix everything). But I thought, “Well, okay, if the Linux Mint devs can resurrect a clunker like Karmic Koala and turn it into a real fine Helena, then maybe the Novell/openSUSE teams can do the same with 11.2.” Please help me out here.