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[Bug 713325] New: Grub cannot install boot loader
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  • Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 00:14:47 +0000
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Summary: Grub cannot install boot loader
Classification: openSUSE
Product: openSUSE 12.1
Version: Milestone 3
Platform: i686
OS/Version: openSUSE 11.4
Status: NEW
Severity: Critical
Priority: P5 - None
Component: Installation
AssignedTo: bnc-team-screening@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
ReportedBy: mlemos@xxxxxxx
QAContact: jsrain@xxxxxxxxxx
Found By: ---
Blocker: Yes

I got an HP ProBook 4520s that comes with 500 GB with Windows 7.

It comes with 4 partitions: SYSTEM, the main Windows partition, HP Recovery and
HT Tools.

I tried to have OpenSuse installation to resize the Windows larger partition
but it said that it couldn't with this message:

"The partition on disk /dev/sda is not readable by the partitioning tool
parted, which is used to change the partition table.

You can use the partitions on disk /dev/sda as they are. You can format them
and assign mount points to them, but you cannot add, edit, resize, or remove
partitions from that disk with this tool."

So I resized the Windows partition from Windows 7 and added 3 partitions on the
empty space for Linux: /, swap and /home. Still OpenSuSE installation has shown
this warning message:

"The bootloader is installed on a partition that does not lie entirely below
128 GB. The system might not boot if BIOS support only lba24 (result is error
18 during grub MBR)."

I configured OpenSuSE installation to install on those partitions but Grub
could not install the boot loader with this message:

"grub> setup --stage=/boot/grub/stage2 --force-lba (hd0,2) (hd0,2)

Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition

grub> quit"

I already tried this in OpenSuSE 11.4 but I suspected it needed newer parted
and grub versions, so I also tried OpenSuSE 12.1 milestone 3 with the same

The installation finishes but no Grub boot menu appears, it goes to Windows as
if no Linux was installed, although the installed version is there in the 3
partitions that were created on Windows, I just cannot make them boot.

Is there a solution to workaround these problems?

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