I have several distros installed on my pc so I can test them thoroughly and I thought I should give Tumbleweed a shot.
I installed it setting bootcode on /root and not MBR. After restarting my pc I expected to boot into my primary distro to
update-grub so I can reboot into Tumbleweed but instead I got:
Welcome to GRUB!
Aborted. Press any key to exit.
You probably need to reinstall grub on the system you want to be the master boot system.
I’m guessing that something went wrong with your install. When you install booting in the root partition, the default is to write generic boot code to the MBR. Unless you unchecked that box, it probably messed up your existing MBR boot code.
As no further help is coming from the community, the way I see it the only option I have to get
my pc back to life is reinstalling tumbleweed and setting its bootloader on MBR.
I would have done that right from the start, having suspected that openSUSE is one of those distros
that do not feel comfortable with their bootloader installed on /root and thus not having bothered you
at all, but I was not sure about one thing and this is my question now:
After tumbleweed 's bootloader installation on MBR by giving **update-grub **will it see all of the other
installed distros so I can boot into them?
This is important because I have some data I need in one of them!
Thank you in advance for your help.
Well the boot flag must be set on the boot partition you want to boot to if a generic MBR is used. Any time you install multiple OS you must pay close attention to the partition scheme screen it tells exactly what the installer is going to do. So read it completely and under stand it before accepting
Even if this doesn’t really answers the question I asked, thank you very much for the time you spent dealing with my problem and your will for helping me my friend.
This is what I am going to do: I will try the re-installation thing and inform you how it went. Actually I think I should do this right from the start without even bothering you! I just was a bit over-reluctant because of a translation I am working on and have saved in a distribution into there.
thank you very much for your smart tips and time. I am sorry for loosing all of your data by beeing too quick, but you know it happens…
This is my question that nobody answered but don’t worry, I guess openSUSE 's bootloader couldn’t be that different so why not, it **should **work!!!
So, I will boot gparted, delete tumbleweed 's partitions (don’t worry, I got no data stored in there) and re-install it setting its bootloader on MBR. This way I will be
able to play a bit with tumbleweed and who knows, I might have found my distribution of choice and stop experimenting by installing distributions!
It does work the question is why is it not working for you
Accidentally leaving generic MBR code may be a reason. If generic code is used you must set the boot flag to the partition you want to boot and there must be grub or other boot code installed on that partition. Not knowing the details of the other OS boot set up makes it very hard to guess. Problem is with multiple OS there is a bunch of possible combinations of boot set up not all will work/
For what you wanted you would install Grub to the OS boot partition And be certain the installer does not touch the MBR in any way. It is all laid out on the partition scheme screen before you accept it.
After install you must go to the controlling OS and add the new OS to it’s boot screen.
But somewhere you dropped a stitch. My guess is you installed generic MBR code to the MBR which is the default if you chose grub to boot partition. Also to compound the problem your other OS probably had set grub code to the MBR. But I’m guessing because you have not supplied enough info to analyse completely.
IMHO if you can boot EFI use the EFI boot for all OS because MBR boot has always been a bit confusing.
Well, to make a long story short, I did exactly what I wrote, that is delete tumbleweed partition using gparted
and re-installed tumbleweed setting its bootcode on MBR. That was it! Everything went back to normal! After
the first minutes of tumbleweed exploration I realized it was not much of a distribution for me, but hey, I got
my pc back!
Thank you all beautiful people of opensuse community that spent time in my issue and helped me!!!
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