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olvrdh Nov 16, 2008, 10:11am EST Report Abuse
Hey all,
I have two HDD's, on the first of which I have one partition with Win XP on it. The second HDD has three partitions on it in which I wanted to install openSUSE 11. I have sdb1 at about 200MB set to /boot, sdb2 with 6144MB set to swap, and the rest (70something gigs) set to /. Now when I try to install openSUSE, it copies everything nicely, until it gives me an error writing GRUB, and asks me if I want to change the settings. No matter what options I choose, it always gives me an error. For some reason, though, it doesn't let me edit the MBR on the first HDD (sda), which the BIOS automatically boots from, thus booting to windows. So I guess I'm looking for a way to manually install GRUB into the MBR of sda, which is the exact thing openSUSE is not letting me do.

(Note: I am a complete newbie when it comes to linux commands etc. so please try to keep possible answers idiot-safe...)


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Reason Nov 16, 2008, 06:47pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MBR GRUB=Not Working
I'm no linux expert either but don't you have your boot and swap partition sizes reversed? I know when I partitioned for Ubuntu 8.04 I just did the full boot plus 1 gb for swap.

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Sam Jackson Nov 17, 2008, 01:54am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MBR GRUB=Not Working
Remove all your partitions first. Does SUSE give you a partition manager at install?

Anyway, just create a small partition and set it to swap. And leave the rest as /
The installer will do the rest and make any changes needed to install grub.

I hope. I've only tried fedora and ubuntu.


olvrdh Nov 17, 2008, 02:04am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MBR GRUB=Not Working
Well, I've tried deleting my partitions and letting the setup manager do it on his own, but that doesn't work; I still get an error message. When I then tell him I want to change the boot-manager settings manually, he pops up an error message saying something like "cannot install boot manager properly because of partitioning"


Sam Jackson Nov 17, 2008, 02:05am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MBR GRUB=Not Working
What exactly is the error it gives you?

Adriano Pedro Dec 29, 2008, 01:46pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MBR GRUB=Not Working
Did you set up your /boot partition with the flag bootable option ??

try to create only two partitions, 1GB for swap and the rest for the /

try to post the error message.



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