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    Booting stuck at Loading Initial Ramdisk


    Sometimes when I try to boot into Linux from Grub, I see

    Booting 'openSUSE 12.3'
    Loading Linux 3.7.10-1.16-desktop ...
    Loading initial ramdisk ...

    The loading seems to be stuck there. This happens about half the time, but I can't even predict when it will happen. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Just showing you this thread because bootinfo script is mentioned and was ran in that thread for booting troubleshooting purposes.

    UEFI Windows 8 and OpenSuSE 12.2: no bootable devices found after install - Page 2

    Bootinfoscript download


    How to run it.
    SourceForge.net: Boot Info Script - Project Web Hosting - Open Source Software

    Copy and paste that text file in between the code tags > in the reply toolbar = # in your next post so members can look at what is going on.
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    I have the contents of results.txt below. Do you mind telling me how you're reading this? All I got from it is that it tells me about my partitions and says loading initial ramdisk several times.

    Code:
                      Boot Info Script 0.61      [1 April 2012]
    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================
    
     => Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.
    
    sda1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       vfat
        Boot sector type:  Windows 7: FAT32
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        /bootmgr /boot/bcd
    
    sda2: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows Vista/7: NTFS
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  Windows 7
        Boot files:        /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe
    
    sda3: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows Vista/7: NTFS
        Boot sector info:  According to the info in the boot sector, sda3 has 
                           255204432 sectors, but according to the info from 
                           fdisk, it has 261329353 sectors.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        
    
    sda4: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  Grub2 (v1.99)
        Boot sector info:  Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the boot sector of sda4 
                           and looks at sector 964680000 of the same hard drive 
                           for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks 
                           in partition 98 for .
    
    sda5: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
    
    sda6: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
        Operating System:  Welcome to openSUSE 12.3 
                           "Dartmouth" - Kernel ().
        Boot files:        /boot/grub2/grub.cfg /etc/fstab
    
    sda7: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        
    
    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1               2,048    52,430,847    52,428,800  1c Hidden W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/sda2          52,430,848   681,576,447   629,145,600   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    /dev/sda3         681,576,448   942,905,801   261,329,354   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    /dev/sda4    *    942,907,392 1,465,147,391   522,240,000   f W95 Extended (LBA)
    /dev/sda5         942,909,440   947,111,935     4,202,496  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6         947,113,984   989,057,023    41,943,040  83 Linux
    /dev/sda7         989,059,072 1,465,128,959   476,069,888  83 Linux
    
    
    "blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL
    
    /dev/sda1        8C41-96D2                              vfat       RECOVERY
    /dev/sda2        FEB045A7B04566ED                       ntfs       OS
    /dev/sda3        EAAA9BC5AA9B8D27                       ntfs       DATA
    /dev/sda5        f2abdd0f-bee1-4d62-ab3d-2aaf654eda6e   swap       
    /dev/sda6        9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2   ext4       
    /dev/sda7        abc6729b-7470-4ebd-a5dc-0a9fc855e601   ext4       
    
    ================================ Mount points: =================================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    /dev/sda6        /                        ext4       (rw,relatime,data=ordered)
    /dev/sda7        /home                    ext4       (rw,relatime,data=ordered)
    
    
    ========================== sda6/boot/grub2/grub.cfg: ===========================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by grub2-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
      load_env
    fi
    set default="${saved_entry}"
    
    if [ x"${feature_menuentry_id}" = xy ]; then
      menuentry_id_option="--id"
    else
      menuentry_id_option=""
    fi
    
    export menuentry_id_option
    
    if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
      set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
      save_env saved_entry
      set prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
      set boot_once=true
    fi
    
    function savedefault {
      if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
        saved_entry="${chosen}"
        save_env saved_entry
      fi
    }
    
    function load_video {
      if [ x$feature_all_video_module = xy ]; then
        insmod all_video
      else
        insmod efi_gop
        insmod efi_uga
        insmod ieee1275_fb
        insmod vbe
        insmod vga
        insmod video_bochs
        insmod video_cirrus
      fi
    }
    
    if [ x$feature_default_font_path = xy ] ; then
       font=unicode
    else
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='hd0,msdos6'
    if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    else
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    fi
        font="/usr/share/grub2/unicode.pf2"
    fi
    
    if loadfont $font ; then
      set gfxmode=auto
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
      set locale_dir=$prefix/locale
      set lang=
      insmod gettext
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='hd0,msdos6'
    if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    else
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    fi
    insmod gfxmenu
    loadfont ($root)/boot/grub2/themes/openSUSE/DejaVuSans-Bold14.pf2
    loadfont ($root)/boot/grub2/themes/openSUSE/DejaVuSans10.pf2
    loadfont ($root)/boot/grub2/themes/openSUSE/DejaVuSans12.pf2
    loadfont ($root)/boot/grub2/themes/openSUSE/ascii.pf2
    insmod png
    set theme=($root)/boot/grub2/themes/openSUSE/theme.txt
    export theme
    if [ x${boot_once} = xtrue ]; then
      set timeout=0
    elif sleep --interruptible 0 ; then
      set timeout=8
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    menuentry 'openSUSE 12.3' --class 'opensuse-12-3' --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-simple-9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2' {
    	load_video
    	set gfxpayload=keep
    	insmod gzio
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod ext2
    	set root='hd0,msdos6'
    	if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    	else
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    	fi
    	echo	'Loading Linux 3.7.10-1.16-desktop ...'
    	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.7.10-1.16-desktop root=UUID=9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2   resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST750LM022_HN-M750MBB_S2UQJ9AC700557-part5 splash=silent quiet showopts
    	echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    	initrd	/boot/initrd-3.7.10-1.16-desktop
    }
    submenu 'Advanced options for openSUSE 12.3' $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-advanced-9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2' {
    	menuentry 'openSUSE 12.3, with Linux 3.7.10-1.16-desktop' --class 'opensuse-12-3' --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.7.10-1.16-desktop-advanced-9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2' {
    		load_video
    		set gfxpayload=keep
    		insmod gzio
    		insmod part_msdos
    		insmod ext2
    		set root='hd0,msdos6'
    		if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    		else
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    		fi
    		echo	'Loading Linux 3.7.10-1.16-desktop ...'
    		linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.7.10-1.16-desktop root=UUID=9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2   resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST750LM022_HN-M750MBB_S2UQJ9AC700557-part5 splash=silent quiet showopts
    		echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    		initrd	/boot/initrd-3.7.10-1.16-desktop
    	}
    	menuentry 'openSUSE 12.3, with Linux 3.7.10-1.16-desktop (recovery mode)' --class 'opensuse-12-3' --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.7.10-1.16-desktop-recovery-9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2' {
    		load_video
    		set gfxpayload=keep
    		insmod gzio
    		insmod part_msdos
    		insmod ext2
    		set root='hd0,msdos6'
    		if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    		else
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    		fi
    		echo	'Loading Linux 3.7.10-1.16-desktop ...'
    		linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.7.10-1.16-desktop root=UUID=9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2  showopts apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset x11failsafe
    		echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    		initrd	/boot/initrd-3.7.10-1.16-desktop
    	}
    	menuentry 'openSUSE 12.3, with Linux 3.7.10-1.1-desktop' --class 'opensuse-12-3' --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.7.10-1.1-desktop-advanced-9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2' {
    		load_video
    		set gfxpayload=keep
    		insmod gzio
    		insmod part_msdos
    		insmod ext2
    		set root='hd0,msdos6'
    		if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    		else
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    		fi
    		echo	'Loading Linux 3.7.10-1.1-desktop ...'
    		linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.7.10-1.1-desktop root=UUID=9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2   resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST750LM022_HN-M750MBB_S2UQJ9AC700557-part5 splash=silent quiet showopts
    		echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    		initrd	/boot/initrd-3.7.10-1.1-desktop
    	}
    	menuentry 'openSUSE 12.3, with Linux 3.7.10-1.1-desktop (recovery mode)' --class 'opensuse-12-3' --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.7.10-1.1-desktop-recovery-9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2' {
    		load_video
    		set gfxpayload=keep
    		insmod gzio
    		insmod part_msdos
    		insmod ext2
    		set root='hd0,msdos6'
    		if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos6 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos6 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos6 --hint='hd0,msdos6'  9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    		else
    		  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2
    		fi
    		echo	'Loading Linux 3.7.10-1.1-desktop ...'
    		linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.7.10-1.1-desktop root=UUID=9a15cdc7-35f7-4691-b454-d0ed69e1ace2  showopts apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset x11failsafe
    		echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    		initrd	/boot/initrd-3.7.10-1.1-desktop
    	}
    }
    
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_ppc_terminfo ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_ppc_terminfo ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    menuentry 'Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda1)' --class windows --class os $menuentry_id_option 'osprober-chain-8C41-96D2' {
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod fat
    	set root='hd0,msdos1'
    	if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos1 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos1 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos1 --hint='hd0,msdos1'  8C41-96D2
    	else
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 8C41-96D2
    	fi
    	drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
    	chainloader +1
    }
    menuentry 'Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda2)' --class windows --class os $menuentry_id_option 'osprober-chain-FEB045A7B04566ED' {
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod ntfs
    	set root='hd0,msdos2'
    	if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos2 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos2 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos2 --hint='hd0,msdos2'  FEB045A7B04566ED
    	else
    	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root FEB045A7B04566ED
    	fi
    	chainloader +1
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  ${config_directory}/custom.cfg ]; then
      source ${config_directory}/custom.cfg
    elif [ -z "${config_directory}" -a -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/90_persistent ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/90_persistent ###
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =============================== sda6/etc/fstab: ================================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST750LM022_HN-M750MBB_S2UQJ9AC700557-part5 swap                 swap       defaults              0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST750LM022_HN-M750MBB_S2UQJ9AC700557-part6 /                    ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 1
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST750LM022_HN-M750MBB_S2UQJ9AC700557-part7 /home                ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 2
    proc                 /proc                proc       defaults              0 0
    sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto                0 0
    debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto                0 0
    usbfs                /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      noauto                0 0
    devpts               /dev/pts             devpts     mode=0620,gid=5       0 0
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =================== sda6: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================
    
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
    
     466.100666046 = 500.471779328  boot/grub2/grub.cfg                            1
     463.872543335 = 498.079350784  boot/grub/stage2                               1
     452.610252380 = 485.986557952  boot/initrd                                    4
     452.610252380 = 485.986557952  boot/initrd-3.7.10-1.16-desktop                4
     452.422752380 = 485.785231360  boot/initrd-3.7.10-1.1-desktop                 4
     464.020969391 = 498.238722048  boot/vmlinuz                                   1
     464.020969391 = 498.238722048  boot/vmlinuz-3.7.10-1.16-desktop               1
     464.004215240 = 498.220732416  boot/vmlinuz-3.7.10-1.1-desktop                1
    
    =============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================
    
      No volume groups found
    mdadm: No arrays found in config file or automatically

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    Loading Linux 3.7.10-1.16-desktop ...
    That comes from the line below in your grub.cfg menuentry for Opensuse as does the initrd message just below it.

    echo 'Loading Linux 3.7.10-1.16-desktop ...'

    I have no idea why it boots at times and not others. How are you booting as the bootinfoscript shows windows installed on the mbr. Do you use EasyBCD? Also, what version of windows?

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    How are you booting as the bootinfoscript shows windows installed on the mbr. Do you use EasyBCD
    Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.
    Boot files: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe
    Looks like a BDC bootloader to me also yanek with Windows on MBR. Strange territory for me also. Maybe the porch door to the entry way door to the front door gets stuck sometimes?
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    Maybe the porch door to the entry way door to the front door gets stuck sometimes?
    Yes. Something like that. Would have been useful to put the info about windows in the initial post.
    I found the section below interesting, boot files on an Extended partition?

    Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the boot sector of sda4
    and looks at sector 964680000 of the same hard drive
    for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
    in partition 98 for

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    I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit; that's what came with my computer. I have not installed easyBCD. The page I get when I get to choose to boot Linux or Windows looks more or less like this 4.bp.blogspot.com/-qhVT1jsGl70/UY_j2MBHT6I/AAAAAAAAAoc/QAu02Ih1EO8/s1600/Selection_011.jpg. I thought this would be a fairly normal thing, I just installed openSUSE with the installation doing the stuff it had on default for the most part. Is there some other information I should get from the computer that might be useful?

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    Your bootinfoscript shows boot files on an Extended partition which I've never seen before? It shows windows code in the master boot record meaning that when your computer first boots, it goes to the BIOS chip on the motherboard, then to the mbr and then to the menu. When you boot, do you see the same menu you did before installing Opensuse, the windows boot? If you haven't installed EasyBCD or some other software, I'm surprised it boots Opensuse at all. Do you have the same problem when you select to boot the earlier kernel and why do you have multiple kernels on a new install?
    3.7.10-1.1-desktop
    doing the stuff it had on default for the most part
    That section above about 'the most part' could be where the problem lies. We don't know what you did and here's where ownership of a pen/pencil comes in handy.
    Do you have GPT/UEFI boot?

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    Before I installed openSUSE, I never saw a boot menu: I would just press the power button and Windows would start after about a minute. The only boot menu I see now is a menu with the chameleon on the left (which seems to be an openSUSE thing). This menu has 4 options: 1) openSUSE12.3, 2) Advanced options for openSUSE 12.3, 3) Windows Recovery Environment (load) (on /dev/sda1), 4) Windows 7 (load) (on /dev/sda2). Normally when I want to boot into Linux, I use the first option. I tried going to the 2nd option today, where the menu options then became: 1) 3.7.10-1.16, 2) 3.7.10-1.16 recovery, 3) 3.7.10-1.1, 4) 3.7.10-1.1 recovery. I supposed 3.7.10-1.16 is what normally tries to load when I use openSUSE12.3 on the first menu, since that's the word that always comes before "Loading initial ramdisk". So I tried selecting 3.7.10-1.1 and was able to boot without problem. Though, as I mentioned, loading sometimes works, so I'm not sure if this is a coincidence that it works when I select this option or if this option always will work. I'll probably keep trying this option in the next few days to see if it ever comes up with the "Loading initial ramdisk" problem. I do not know why I have multiple kernels, I was not trying to get another kernel..

    As for the most part, the parts where I put in information was just to set the desktop to Gnome instead of KDE and to put in personal information (account name, password, time, etc). I did not change the install location (which might be relevant since you mentioned "Extended partition"). I think I remember basically what the changes to disk it proposed were. Before I installed openSUSE, I had 2 partitions on My Computer. There was C, where I had all my Windows programs and files, and there was D, which had nothing in it. I did not create these partitions, my computer came with them. The openSUSE installation called C sda2 and D sda3. The proposed change that the openSUSE installation said was to shrink sda3 to create more sda that would hold Linux. I'm thinking that sda1 is what holds the Windows installation disk. When I bought the computer (this is Asus u46e-bal7 if that helps), they didn't give me any Windows disk, but I know that usually people get those disks when they buy a computer. So they told me that if I need to do Windows installation, I can hit F8 or something (I don't remember the exact number, but one of the F buttons), then it would install Windows.

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    I'm sure you also had sda1 initially as it is indicated as a Recovery partition which you would probably not see. When you initially booted windows, you should have been prompted to create a Recovery CD. If you have major problems with your windows installation, you could then boot with the Recovery CD and it will access that partition on your hard drive and isntall windows to sda2 (or whatever your C is) overwriting any data or programs you have installed and setting it back to what it was when it came from the factory. If you have not created a Recovery CD, it would be a good idea to do it now.

    It has been years since manufacturers supplied an installation disk with windows. The F8 thing you were told about may also allow you to access the Recovery partition. You would have to contact the manufacturer or go to their web site to get details. Most major manufacturers will sell you a disk at the time of purchase or you should be able to contact them on line and purchase it. HP, Dell and some other companies charge $15-$25 for the disk depending upon the version of windows.

    Given the info you have posted and the info from the bootinfoscript, I think you should count yourself lucky that it boots at all.

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