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Re: [opensuse] hard drive problem, help, please
  • From: Doug McGarrett <dmcgarrett@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2006 23:02:47 -0500
  • Message-id: <200612092302.47114.dmcgarrett@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Saturday 09 December 2006 22:02, Carl Hartung wrote:
> On Saturday 09 December 2006 21:36, Doug McGarrett wrote:
> > I'm having a problem with a setup using 2 hard drives.
> > hda is XP, hdb is Suse 10.0. If both drives are
> > connected, something is telling the bios that there are NO
> > hard drives connected. If I disconnect hdb, I get
> > a message that the primary hard drive has been
> > detected. Then when the system tries to boot I
> > get a grub failure error. I really don't need Linux on that
> > machine. How can I get the machine to boot into XP
> > without the grub boot error, with the second drive disconnected?
> > I am also having trouble with the CD player on that machine,
> > so it's problematical if I can boot off a CD. (I don't have
> > any kind of backup disk for XP, as far as I remember.)
> > I could have done this with an old Windows, with fdisk mbr,
> > off of a floppy, but I don't know what XP wants.
> >
> > --doug
> Doug,
> This is a SUSE-centric list. It isn't very good form to ask questions here
> about solving XP problems. This is definitely an XP problem if you're not
> intending to recover/preserve your SUSE installation. That being said:

Well, I don't think that the problem is really XP--the problem is grub. If I
had never loaded SuSE and grub, the machine would boot. But if it's really
unhappy for you guys, I apologize. I don't know where else to ask.
> Go to <> and research how to restore/reinstall
> the system's XP boot menu.
> If you Google, you will quickly find many XP boot diskette images available
> that you can transfer to floppy and use to boot into XP. If you've
> installed XP's command line 'recovery console' in parallel with the system,
> you won't need the original CD to run the console and
> recover/rebuild/restore the XP boot manager.
> Good luck!
> Carl
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