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I run SuSE in a dual boot system. If I reinstall windows XP, how do I reinstall lilo or grub? (I have some live CDs - knoppix ubuntu kubuntu - ...
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    How To Restore Bootloader?


    I run SuSE in a dual boot system. If I reinstall windows XP, how do I reinstall lilo or grub? (I have some live CDs - knoppix ubuntu kubuntu - if that would help?)

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    do you have Installation CD/DVD of SuSe?
    after Windows reinstall, boot up from SuSe Installation CD/DVD and select 'Installation'. select 'upgrade' option in next screen. click next, next and next........
    installer will reinstall GRUB.
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    yes I have a DVD, thanks that helps a lot

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    I tried the method above, but the install failed, something to do with 'sda5 listed as sda6' is there an alternative method? I've heard of fixing with knoppix or another live CD?

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    did you create new partitions during Windows Installation?
    boot up from Knoppix CD and mount / (root) partition of SuSe. ( i am not sure if knoppix automounts partitions ). post the contents of etc/fstab file and output of 'fdisk -l' command here.
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    No I didnt create new partitions, just reformatted the original windows boot partition, using NTFS, which it was before too. All other partions are linux native, except a shared FAT partiton. will boot into linux to check the rest later

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    except a shared FAT partiton
    did you delete this partition? post the contents of /etc/fstab file of SuSe and output of fdisk -l command. let see what has been changed.
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    In kubuntu:

    mounting any partion returns:

    mount: can't find /dev/sdax in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab
    Please check that the device is plugged correctly.

    In QTParted I'm told the disk is busy and get a critical error if I try to access it.

    fdisk -l /dev/sdax returns 'cannot open' or 'unable to open'


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    fdisk -l /dev/sdax returns 'cannot open' or 'unable to open'
    execute 'sudo fdisk -l' only.
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    root@ubuntu:~# fdisk -l
    omitting empty partition (5)

    Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 1305 10482381 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 1306 30401 233713620 5 Extended
    /dev/sda3 4304 30401 209632153+ b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sda5 1306 2154 6819529+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6 2155 2416 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda7 2417 4303 15157296 83 Linux

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