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[opensuse] GRUB2 hell
My 2 HDDs are partitioned as follows:

Device Boot Id System
/dev/sda1 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 * 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Disk /dev/sdb:

Device Boot Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb2 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb3 83 Linux
/dev/sdb4 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 83 Linux

I am using grub2.

On sda1 I have a common bootloader for all OSs installed.

On sda3 I have openSUSE 12.2 installed.

On sda5 I have openSUSE 12.3 RC2 installed.

On sda6 I have Tumbleweed installed.

I had kernel 3.8.1 installed on oS 12.2 and also on oS 12.3 RC2. Everything worked fine.

This morning I installed kernel 3.8.2-1 on oS 12.2 (sda3) and it everything went well, No hassles.

I then installed kernel 3.8.2-1 on oS 12.3 RC2 (sda5) - and now I cannot boot.

All the parameters in the bootloader(s) appear to be OK except when I go to boot into "safe mode" in 12.3 (sda5) I get the error message:

Invalid Magic number.

What the f*** is "Invalid Magic number"?! *WHAT* number?! Of all the lame-brained, inane, stupid, meaningless error messages to have ever existed this one MUST take the cake! I think this beats whatever Windows ever managed to come with - and that's saying something.

The use of "Magic Mushrooms" seems most appropriate here for whoever used "Magic number" in an error message.

OK, apart from knowing what this "Magic number" may be all about, any ideas of how I can boot into oS 12.3 RC2 (sda5) just to be able to, say, tun YaST2 to get back kernel 3.8.1-2?

I've tried using the Recovery mode of RC2 but I don't know how to get this to boot into sda5.

I can always re-install RC2 and take it from there but there MUST be a way to recover from something like this. Does anyone know, please, what can be done to 'recover' my oS 12.3 RC2 installation?


Using openSUSE 12.3 x86_64 KDE 4.10.00 & kernel 3.8.2-1 on a system with-
AMD FX 8-core 3.6/4.2GHz processor
16GB PC14900/1866MHz Quad Channel Corsair "Vengeance" RAM
Gigabyte AMD3+ m/board; Gigabyte nVidia GTX550Ti 1GB DDR5 GPU

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