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Re: [opensuse] SUSE Operating System: GRUB Loading Error 18
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 12:29:31 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LSU.2.00.0901041222260.27242@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Saturday, 2009-01-03 at 17:12 -0800, meredith walsh wrote:

Hi,

We probably need more information about how you went about doing that setup, and which Windows, and which SUSE. Vista can be more trouble than older versions. (sorry don't know the hard-drive details)

I installed SUSE 10.2 which partitioned the hard drive as part of the installation so it dual boots. The other operating system is Windows XP.

Notice that 10.2 is too old and unsuported.


After not shutting my machine down properly (don't ask) I went to reboot it (normally, without any disk in the drive)it wouldn't go beyond the GRUB loading 1.5 stage, which then returned Error 18.

]18 : Selected cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS
] This error is returned when a read is attempted at a linear block
] address beyond the end of the BIOS translated area. This generally
] happens if your disk is larger than the BIOS can handle (512MB for
] (E)IDE disks on older machines or larger than 8GB in general).

We need details about your hardware and configuration.

The typical solution for that particular problem is to create a small partition (around 100 MB), formatted as ext2, assigned to "/boot", and placed near enough to the begninning of the disk. How much "near"? Depends. Perhaps below the first 8 gigabits, perhaps below track 1024.

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.
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