i've installed opensuse 11.1 and now vista doesn't start.

hello there! i’ve just installed opensuse 11.1 on my machine and it works very well, but vista doesn’t start anymore :(… when I try to start vista from grub the computer shows me this message “bootmgr is missing”. what do i have to do? please help me

You can repair your Vista boot sector by booting from your original Vista CD. Then, when Vista starts again, either use your OpenSUSE CD/DVD “repair installation” option to write Grub to your root partition, or download EasyBCD while in Vista and follow the instructions for setting up dual boot with your Linix partition.

when i “repair” suse’s installation by its dvd after vista’s repair won’t i have the same problem (suse starts, vista doesn’t work)?

Can you post the contents of the file /boot/grub/menu.lst. You can see the contents with this command:

sudo cat /boot/grub/menu.lst

and also can you post the return you get from this commnand:

 sudo /sbin/fdisk -l

[and have you checked the flaw discussed in the sticky located here:Fixing vista multiboot with openSUSE - openSUSE Forums, which might or might not be relevant]

here you are :slight_smile:



You seem to have a “special” partition fiirst up on the hard drive, the one marked “unknown”. I’m pretty sure that’s the problem. Sometimes these special partitions are installed by the manufacturers as utility partitions. Especially some notebook manufacturers.

Here are some questions:

  • Is your computer a laptop?
  • What is the make and model of your computer?
  • Did the openSUSE installer resize your vista partitions during the installation of openSUSE?
  • yes, my computer is a laptop; the “special” partition is a backup utility (Samsung Recovery Solution II)

  • Samsung R60 FY03. here you can find my laptop’s characteristics

  • i had to resize “data” ( D: ) partition because there wasn’t enough space for suse.

I don’t have time atm to answer you properly – gotta goto work. But in interim try this extra addition to menu.lst:

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 0###
title windows temporary test
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1

Open menu.lst with a superuser editor and type it in or copy/paste it in. Use this to open the superuser editor:
for KDE: kdesu kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst
for Gnome: gnomesu gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

I take it you also tried BOTH the current entries for windows?

Try this too

title Windows
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader (hd0,1)+1


title Windows
rootnoverify (hd0,2)
chainloader (hd0,2)+1

it works! thank you :slight_smile: greetings from Italy

That ole boot manager had to be there somewhere. Glad you’re up and running.