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Linux install gone wrong

By tarwood
Jun 27, 2005
  1. SPECS:
    AMD 2800+
    NF7-S MB v.1.1
    1GB ram
    ATI 9700 pro
    NEC DVD-RW
    Yamaha CD-RW

    Primary Drive= Maxtor 200GB
    C:\ windows xp 25GB (NTFS)
    D:\ misc 55GB (NTFS)
    E:\ misc 55GB (NTFS)
    F:\ Linux 55GB
    Slave Drive= Fireball 30GB
    G:\ misc (NTFS)

    Internet= ADSL, i.e. DHCP

    Ok my first mistake was to install linux for the first time @ 0200. I have WIndows XP pro on my C: dirve and installed SUSE 9.1 pro on my F: (same hard drive). I goofed with the partitioning and now am not able to boot from Windows. Get a missing Hal.dll error. I am able to boot from Linux just fine and am able to access all my partitions. When I've tried to access the Windows partition from the boot disk (repair mode). It does not recognize the partitions any longer. Shows up as 135GB of unpartitioned space...

    First question; How do I recover my Windows partitions? Without loosing my data.

    Second; How do I fix the Windows boot?

    Third; How do I set up the internet connection from the SUSE 9.1 install. I am currently using the SUSE 9.3 Live disk and it set everything up automatically. P.S. Knoppix is also able to recognize my internet connection.

    Fourth; Should I continue to use SUSE or try something else. I had a copy of SUSE 9.1 pro eval DVD on hand and decided to try it. SHOULD HAVE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST!!! My main concern is my wife. I'm tired of using Windows and want something that will be easy for her to use. She's not very computer savy, though she's a good learner. Any ideas/suggestions?

    P.S. I tried doing a search for this issue and could find nothing, if it has already been covered, please post the thread link, thanks.
     
  2. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    Do this:


    Boot to linux and open a console. Go into superuser mode or login as root.

    Type this command:


    fdisk -l


    (that's a lowercase L, not an i)

    Also do this:


    cat /etc/fstab

    And paste that as well


    And paste the output here. I want to see it.
     
  3. tarwood

    tarwood TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Disk /dev/hda: 203.9 GB, 203928109056 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24792 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hda1 2 3264 26210047+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/hda2 * 3265 10444 57673350 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hda3 10445 17624 57673350 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hda4 17625 24790 57560895 83 Linux
    /dev/hda5 2 3264 26210016 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/hdb: 30.0 GB, 30020272128 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3649 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hdb1 * 1 3648 29302528+ 7 HPFS/NTFS


    /dev/root / iso9660 defaults 0 0
    /dev/hdb1 /media/hdb1 auto noauto,user 0 0
    /dev/hda2 /media/hda2 auto noauto,user 0 0
    /dev/hda3 /media/hda3 auto noauto,user 0 0
    /dev/hda5 /media/hda5 auto noauto,user 0 0
    /dev/hda4 /media/hda4 auto noauto,user 0 0
    /dev/hda1 /media/hda1 auto noauto,user 0 0
     
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

  5. Abraxas

    Abraxas TS Rookie Posts: 157

    Just asking...such a thing can never happen with Suse 9.0, can it?
    So, let's skip 9.1, right?
     
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    The bug only appeared in 9.1 of SuSE releases. 9.0 would be going back from 9.1, wouldn't it? Try 9.2 or 9.3 instead if your machine is fast enough.
     
  7. Abraxas

    Abraxas TS Rookie Posts: 157

    @Nodsu
    No, it wouldn't. Because I'm there. :D
    But I had the chance to try 9.1 and I'm now glad that I passed it on.
     
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