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by blind031 / February 23, 2007 12:23 AM PST

ok i did install suse linux 10 very very nice, i used all 4 discs and everything that needs to be installed is installed. the problem however is if i turn off my system it wont directly boot up linux unless disc 1 is in, then from there its like i have to start a new installation over again and the only way i can get to the OS is on the "other" button located under the system check i believe, then i have to select "boot OS" and then it works fine but thsi is becoming a pain in the *** because it takes awile to do this rather than liek in Windows you install it and its ready to go when you power it on. is there something i can change so it will directly boot from the hardrive because also when the disc 1 is not inserted i get a message that says "Error Loading OS" and if it is possible id like to fix this so i dotn have to wait 10 mins just to log in so if anyoen can help i would appreciate it


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Hint> Boot manager not installer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2007 1:00 AM PST

I don't remember if they used grub or lilo, but be careful on your install and install a boot manager next time.

Or change distos to one that works. I'm currently using PCLinuxOS 2007 RC2.


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by colbox98 / February 23, 2007 1:04 AM PST

Do you have anymore background information about your install? Was this a new install on a fresh hard drive? Did you try to install it over another operating system? Are you trying to setup a dual boot system?

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by blind031 / February 23, 2007 1:05 AM PST
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um it was a fresh install on its own hardrive

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by blind031 / February 23, 2007 1:07 AM PST
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bob how do i install a boot manager sorry i just started using linux yesterday so its liek a forign language to me at the time being

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The Suse installer asks about that during install.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2007 1:18 AM PST
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I wonder how you answered the question. Do tell.


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I think the problem might be...
by ahtoi / February 23, 2007 1:31 AM PST
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that you installed the linux bootloader in its own harddrive's mbr. This would be ok if you were to select the OS using the bios; but to dual boot by boot manager, the bootloader need to be install in the XP drive (mbr). It maybe a little more complicated to change thing at this point. It maybe easier just to reinstall linux instead.

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I would concur
by jackson dougless / February 23, 2007 1:48 AM PST

That can be a bit of a confusing choice to make the first time you install Linux, especially if you neglect to RTFM (Read The Fine Manuals), which should have explained all this.

There should be a recovery option of some sort for booting the SuSE discs, or maybe it's a whole other CD image to download. Either way, that would likely be the quickest way to getting the bootloader onto the correct drive. You could also run through the installation again, and this time make sure that Grub/LILO is installed on the Windows drive, or whichever hard drive is first in the boot order in your BIOS.

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