openSUSE 11 install from HDD (Vista already installed?)


Few months ago I tried to install openSUSE 10.3 from the hdd. Back then I had Vista Ultimate and Ubuntu 7.10 on my PC. I mounted the 10.3 image with Deamon Tools and ran the installer from Vista. After the reboot it directly loaded the installer, showed some weird error (I don’t really remember it) and rebooted again. And the worst thing was that it totaly messed up the MBR.
So, my question is, can I install openSUSE 11.0 from the HDD (I have only Vista installed now) without MBR changes and NO Grub (I use EasyBCD)? Oh, I forgot, I don’t have CD/DVD-ROM and FLOPPY.

Thanks to everyone that will help :slight_smile:

The general advice is to create a DVD from the ISO and install from the DVD.

So, why there is openSUSE installer for Windows on the DVD?

You need to install the grub boot loader to the ** boot sector ** of the partition where /boot (or even /) resides. Then use EasyBCD to add an entry for SuSE to the Vista bcd database. EasyBCD is going to set this up using “chainloading”, which simply means handing off the boot process to the code in the boot sector location specified.