Thinkpad bootloader problem after SuSe 11.1 x64 install

Did read the release note and tried to find the setting of “do not check Write Generic Boot Code to MBR” But didn’t find it.

Now I can still boot into preexisting vista, and upon power up pressing blue ThinkVantage will still do, but will not being about to get into thinkpad service partition.

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
BOOTMGR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Not urgent, but will be good to have a clear solution.


If you don’t have a proper Vista DVD, you can get a repair disc here:
Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download — The NeoSmart Files

Although I have a ThinkPad, I don’t have this issue. So I can’t offer more advice really. Except perhaps to say, if it were me I would give the Laptop a right good hacking and try all options, just to see what I could do - BUT I have the advantage of having a Full Vista DVD.

If you repair the MBR and can boot back to Vista, perhaps give this a go to manage booting to Linux
Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

caf, and if that doesn’s work, replace “hacking” with “kicking” Always works for me lol!

Actually pretty sure the later TP’s had a different setup for the recovery partition and the way it’s invoked from the Access IBM button. Your R61 will be different from legendbb’s T40. I’ll look out a link that gives a good explanation of how it sets up and how to restore the functionality.

@legendbb, bit late in the day to be telling you this but the changes to GRUB config need to be made by editing the proposed config setup during install - it’s not a default option to change it, you actually have to intervene and choose to edit - I only know this because I have a somewhat exotic multi-boot setup on both my TPs and need to make sure the existing MBR and GRUB aren’t changed with new installs.


Not the thread i was thinking of, but this one also gives a link to a method of repairing the MBR to enable you to get back to your service/recovery partition. It actually refers to the problem following a secondary install of Win7 to a Vista machine.

If I remember right, the problem was/is that the only IBM tool to fix a “broken” MBR was a 3.5" floppy boot/repair disk

I assume the outcome will be a machine you can boot to Vista or can get to your IBM R&R…but not to Suse, so you’d probably need to carefully re-install Suse, paying particular attention to GRUB config.

I don’t bother to keep the R&R partitions on my machines or I’d just tell you how they were set up !

Meanwhile I’ll keep searching for the good explanation !


You might want to ignore my previous post.

This is the topic I was thinking of…and makes much more sense.