I attempted to install Suse 11.1 after removing the partitions for Suse 11.1RC1 with a live CD. I didn’t expect any trouble, but I got some kind of fatal plasma plasma error on install and while I was searching for a camera to take its picture the install completed. When I shut down and booted windows wouldn’t boot. The message was no operating system.
I figured that the Grub was written to the MBR so I attempted to restore it with a file I had saved to a flash drive.
I used sudo dd if=bootsect.wxp of=/dev/sda bs=446 count=1 after rebooting to the liveCD. After rebooting, I still got the same error.
I then tried to use my windows disk, but the load seemed to hang after flashing something to the effect that setup is examining your configuration. I tried this twice with 2 different disks. One was a slipstreamed SP3 disk and the other was the original SP1a disk. Each had the same effect. When I booted to the Norton Ghost recovery environment the C: disk seemed intact. So I’ve been at a loss at what to do.
Back in the livecd I did a fdisk -l with the following result.
Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf868f868
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 5222 41945683+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 * 5223 7296 16659405 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 5223 5223 8001 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 5224 5224 8001 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda7 5225 5355 1052226 b W95 FAT32
/dev/sda8 5356 5486 1052226 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda9 5487 5617 1052226 83 Linux
/dev/sda10 5618 5650 265041 83 Linux
/dev/sda11 5651 5781 1052226 83 Linux
/dev/sda12 5782 6304 4200966 83 Linux
/dev/sda13 6305 6794 3935893+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda14 6795 6826 257008+ 83 Linux
The last two partitions were created and formated with the Suse 11.1 install they are / and /var respectively. Looking at this I wondered if the * means that /dev/sda2 is the active partition. Surely this is a problem. If this it what it indicates then it might explain the behavior I’ve been seeing.
When I tried to install suse 11.1 its default configuration seemed to want to put GRUB on /dev/sda2 and said something about the active partition which I had trouble interpreting.
I changed the boot configuration to place grub in root but I couldn’t figure out how to ensure that it didn’t overwrite the MBR. I did uncheck and option which looked like it might overwrite the mbr. The grub menu options had entries for suse 11.1, suse 11.0, failsafe and windows.
On install I edited the partitions and setup to create the last 2 partitions and use
/dev/sda8 for swap
/dev/sda9 for /home for Suse 11.0 and 11.1
/dev/sda10 for /var for Suse 11.0
/dev/sda11 for /tmp for Suse 11.0 and 11.1
/dev/sda12 for / for Suse 11.0
I’m not sure how to change the active partition back to /dev/sda1, but I’m fairly sure that once I figure it out it will be straight forward. If someone could help me with that I’d appreciate it. What I am concerned about is what else has happened to /dev/sda2. Has it been corrupted and how do I tell? Figuring this out is not straight forward at all. Any ideas?