Opensuse 13.2/ Windows 7 Dual boot

Hello everyone.

This is my first post in the forum (first from many i hope). I installed opensuse 2 days ago as a dual boot with an existing windows 7 system. I had a spare partition free on another disk so i installed it there. I haven’t booted to the windows 7 system for the past 2 days for two main reasons.

  1. I really like and enjoy working on opensuse with the gnome desktop. really pretty and practical.
  2. I tried booting to Windows 7 but after the black loading screen (with the windows logo) my pc just reboots.

I’ve been trying to find a solution to it for the past two days but to no avail. Is there a problem with the grub or something else?

P.S. I have worked with other linux systems before(Mint, Arch) so i have some experience but i still consider myself a newbie.

Thank you for your time and i hope that i posted the Thread on the right place and that my research skills did not abandon me and the question has not been answered somewhere.


Hello again,

With a little help from another thread i managed to workaround my problem. I went to the bios and changed the hard drive priority for the boot. So the hard drive with the Win 7 booted first and i managed to log in to my system.

Problem now is I don’t even have the choice to log in to my opensuse!

I believe if i change the booting sequence again i will manage to log in to opensuse and not in my windows 7 system. Is there a way to change this so that i can choose which operating system i would like to boot in?

Thanks in advance,

Hi, Jester:

Did you ever get this problem solved, through some other thread or Forum?

Are you still around, or did you disappear?

Are you still looking for an answer?

Sorry, but this is the first chance I have had to read this thread, and the lack of responses suggests to me that the others have somehow missed it, as well.

If you are still around, reply to this post and we will see what we can do.

Good luck.

I have this problem with Windows 8. I have windows 8 on my 256 gb ssd and openSUSE installed on my 480 gb ssd so they are on separate drives. I can access each by changing the boot order through the motherboard but I would very much like the grub menu for choosing between the two.

Should I make a new thread for this or would that be considered double posting?

EDIT: What I have looked at so far is . The article seems outdated because it does not mention grub2 and I also do not have a grub.lst file.

I have a 2 disk setup, with suse on my 2nd partition of my 2nd drive, I used bootpart to add grub to my winxp boot menu, but as vista+ don’t use the boot.ini file I switched to EasyBCD as a way to add grub to the win7 menu.
if the SUSE install properly detected windows you should be able to boot via grub if not you can try EasyBCD you just select the partition where grub is and it will add it as an option to window’s boot menu.

ps. I’ve found 8’s fast boot can be problematic if you access your partitions from a different OS (Linux can read and write to ntfs) any 8/8.1/10 user should disable fastboot as it may damage your filesystem.

Your best bet would be to start your own thread. There are other threads here that address that issue, but some of the best help will come your way with a new thread. It can be done properly with the Grub menu. Simply ask your question with a descriptive thread title, and in your question explain the problem again. Make certain you mention what system you are using, what version of openSUSE you are using, which desktop you are using (KDE, for example?), and it would be a good idea – since you are asking about setting Grub to get to your disks – to include the output from:

parted -l

That is a lower case L, not the numeral “1”

So that it can be properly read, make certain that you past the output between CODE tags.

To do that, in the forum message editor, icons at the top of the window, middle row near the right, click on the “#” icon. Your cursor will then be blinking between CODE tags. Paste your output there.

Also, include the output of:

fdisk -l

Minor differences in the output can sometimes add clues for the best solution.