Re: Advice restoring a dual boot system
From: TokaMundo (TokaMundo_at_weedizgood.org)
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 23:46:02 GMT
On Sat, 18 Jun 2005 00:06:12 +0100, Roger Musson
<email@example.com> Gave us:
>I have a dual drive system, one drive with Win XP and the other with SuSE
>Now I use SuSE virtually all the time, however I booted Win XP to take a
>look at how my webpages looked in Internet Explorer and got infected with a
>nasty virus called coolwebsearch. The general recommendation is to re
>install windows which I don't mind doing. However I don't want to do
>anything that could harm or prevent me from bootong up SuSE (via GRUB)
>since it will be a big job to get it back to the way it is now.
>So, if I install the xp product recovery CD am I likely to cause problems to
>I absolutely hate windows! Suppose it was my fault really, I've missed out
>on downloading a ton of security updates, didn't install any antivirus and
>somehow figured my firewall router would save me.
>Thanks for any help.
My dual boot system consists of two physical drives as well.
My setup on my windows drive is a 50MB fat 16 partition (less
works), and a boot manager called XOSL (eXtended Operating System
Loader)(google it), then my main windows partitions (OS and DATA/APPS)
follow that one. The beauty of XOSL is that it saves the boot sector
that is currently in place upon installation.
My setup has grub on the second drive, my favorite method as it
allows BIOS booting selection of the second drive as well, and it did
not change the first drive at all, then I point at it with the boot
loader. At that time, the grub boot loader takes over. In fact, all
of my other boot loaders still come up and function. I make sure that
the last OS I install is XP as it is the most picky. Each install
requires running the XOSL install program again to regain its control
over the boot process. It even allows partition hiding, booting from
CD without it being set in the MOBO BIOS, etc.
Your problem would be if you used the standard (default) install
parameters for Suse, which DO modify the first drive at install time.
In this case, you need to learn how to reinstall grub from perhaps the
suse 9.3 live DVD or from say a knoppix live CD. In this manner, you
can recover your Suse boot.
Of course the easy way around this is to follow the last paragraph
without the XOSL thingy at all.
Installing XP again will most certainly affect your first drive's
MBR, and if that is where you placed grub, it will hose it.
I know there may be other ways, such as making a boot floppy, and
bringing up your main Suse install after the XP install, and
re-installing grub from there, though I am not that familiar with
I'm sure others will chime in with less complicated solutions for
you, or even other popular boot loader suggestions.
Hope this helps. XOSL is a couple years old since its last update,
but I like it a lot as it has a graphical interface at boot, and it
works great! (VESA based graphical startup). Good luck.