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Re: [opensuse] SUSE 10, GRUB & XP
  • From: Silviu Marin-Caea <silviu_marin-caea@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 18:07:23 +0300
  • Message-id: <200604111807.24497.silviu_marin-caea@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tuesday 11 April 2006 10:15, Dimitris Kalamaras wrote:

> GNU GRUB version 0,96 (639K lower .... upper memory)
> [Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB
> lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible
> completions of a device/filename]

I've seen this happening recently with NLD9 SP3 on a machine with a peculiar
BIOS/disk combination. Gigabyte motherboard it was.

I was wiping out the MBR with zeroes and then, at POST, the disk would show as
LBA. Then, after first part of installation the POST would display it as
CHS. Booting with the CD and trying to reinstall grub manually, it would
complain about cylinders. I know that the 1024 cylinder limit is a thing of
the past, so I don't know what was the problem.

I have solved it by installing SUSE10, then NLD9 SP3 without formating. :-(

SUSE10 didn't turn the disk access method into CHS.

1. See if your friends motherboard has a BIOS update.
2. Try LILO. It's inferior to grub, but it's an alternative and it's included
in SUSE.

Before doing any stunts, make a backup of the MBR:

dd if=/dev/hda of=mbr.bak bs=512 count=1
Copy mbr.bak somewhere safe.
To restore: dd if=mbr.bak of=/dev/hda

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