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  1. #1

    Unhappy Install Win7 after SLED

    I've bought a new HP ProBook Laptop equipped by a SLED 11 Linux distro, I've wanted to install Windows 7 with SLED since it's was my main OS that time, so I've created a partition using GParted CD, then, I've launched Windows 7 setup wizard, everything has gone good. After the end of the setup I've lost the access to SLED, my computer boots up to Windows directly, I've looked for I solution and I've found to use EasyBCD for adding SLED to boot list, so I've done it, I got the choice between Windows 7 and Linux SLED to boot on, but, unfortunately, just Windows starts, when I choose SLED I got this error:

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem: 1. Insert your Windows installation disk and restart the computer. 2. Choose your language settings, and then click "next". 3. Click "Repair your computer".
    File: \NST\nst_linux.mbr
    Status: 0xc000000f
    Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

    I've followed this link but it's for Ubunto.
    I could conclude:
    - I need to backup the grub, but It's high time I think, I didn't do it before installing Windows7, so here is question: How to get the Grub again?
    - I need a Live SLED CD to boot from and restore the Grub, and here is another problem, I do not have it, I just have System Recovery DVD SLED 11 Linux.

    So I'm in trouble, I need to restore the Linux as soon as possible, so any support will be greatly appreciated.
    Notice that I do not want to lose Windows 7 because everything is going on.

  2. Re: Install Win7 after SLED

    Quote Originally Posted by InfoMan4ever
    I've bought a new HP ProBook Laptop equipped by a SLED 11 Linux distro,
    I've wanted to install Windows 7 with SLED since it's was my main OS
    that time, so I've created a partition using GParted CD, then, I've
    launched Windows 7 setup wizard, everything has gone good. After the end
    of the setup I've lost the access to SLED, my computer boots up to
    Windows directly, I've looked for I solution and I've found to use
    EasyBCD for adding SLED to boot list, so I've done it, I got the choice
    between Windows 7 and Linux SLED to boot on, but, unfortunately, just
    Windows starts, when I choose SLED I got this error:

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be
    the cause. To fix the problem: 1. Insert your Windows installation disk
    and restart the computer. 2. Choose your language settings, and then
    click "next". 3. Click "Repair your computer".
    File: \NST\nst_linux.mbr
    Status: 0xc000000f
    Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is
    missing or corrupt.

    I've followed this 'link '
    (http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_l...lled_first.htm)
    but it's for Ubunto.
    I could conclude:
    - I need to backup the grub, but It's high time I think, I didn't do it
    before installing Windows7, so here is question: How to get the Grub
    again?
    - I need a Live SLED CD to boot from and restore the Grub, and here is
    another problem, I do not have it, I just have System Recovery DVD SLED
    11 Linux.

    So I'm in trouble, I need to restore the Linux as soon as possible, so
    any support will be greatly appreciated.
    Notice that I do not want to lose Windows 7 because everything is going
    on.

    Hi
    You will need some sort of boot disk, I suggest booting fro the gparted
    cd and posting the output from the command;
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    You may need to download the SLED DVD to boot up the 'rescue' system,
    but lets have a look at the drive partitioning first.

    --
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 3.0.13-0.27-default
    up 1 day 16:53, 5 users, load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.05
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  3. #3

    Re: Install Win7 after SLED

    Here are two screenshotes that may help.
    This is from the Gparted partitions:


    I don't know what does the [black box:unknown] mean, knowing that in Windows 7 there are 3 partitions= 270GB, and up to 35GB for SLED 11.
    this is the result of the fdisk -l command:


    I wish that makes sense because really need Linux for the short term.

  4. Re: Install Win7 after SLED

    Quote Originally Posted by InfoMan4ever
    Here are two screenshotes that may help.
    This is from the Gparted partitions:
    [image:
    http://dc236.4shared.com/img/G6ojdv7.../IMAG0926.jpg]

    I don't know what does the [black box:unknown] mean, knowing that in
    Windows 7 there are 3 partitions= 270GB, and up to 35GB for SLED 11.
    this is the result of the fdisk -l command:
    [image:
    http://dc274.4shared.com/img/VZGwETU.../IMAG0925.jpg]

    I wish that makes sense because really need Linux for the short term.

    Hi
    Those partitions and types don't make sense at all. Normally windows 7
    will create a 100MB system (boot) partition starting a 2048....

    I would say it's a re-install either way....

    If you re-install the SLED image, does it give you the opportunity to
    partition the drive at all?

    I run windows in a virtual machine via virtualbox, any thoughts on
    doing the same (you have access to 3D, directx etc)?

    Else re-install windows 7 and run virtualbox with SLED in it?

    --
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 3.0.13-0.27-default
    up 2 days 3:48, 5 users, load average: 0.08, 0.06, 0.06
    CPU Intel i5 CPU M520@2.40GHz | Intel Arrandale GPU


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    Re: Install Win7 after SLED

    I would say it's a re-install either way....
    You mean I must re-install? no, that kinda a painful solution for the moment .

    If you re-install the SLED image, does it give you the opportunity to
    partition the drive at all?
    Nope, the System Recovery DVD is just for repairing the system, once booted on, it tells me that this operation will erase all the data on the disk, then, it runs the recovery directly and makes the system with SLED from zero.

    I run windows in a virtual machine via virtualbox, any thoughts on
    doing the same (you have access to 3D, directx etc)?
    Do you mean to use Windows 7 in a virtual machine? if so, I don't think I want so, I've experienced the virtual machine before with Ubuntu on a Windows 7, I got many issues made me dislike the virtual machine.

    Else re-install windows 7 and run virtualbox with SLED in it?
    SLED is original with the Laptop, I do not want to lose it. Also, actually, I do not want SLED as a necessity, If I would use Virtual Machine, I would use Ubuntu instead, I'm more familiar with it than SLED.

    Please, tell me for further information if I haven't understood you well.
    Thanks malcolmlewis.

  6. Re: Install Win7 after SLED

    Quote Originally Posted by InfoMan4ever

    > I would say it's a re-install either way....

    You mean I must re-install? no, that kinda a painful solution for the
    moment .

    > If you re-install the SLED image, does it give you the opportunity to
    > partition the drive at all?

    Nope, the System Recovery DVD is just for repairing the system, once
    booted on, it tells me that this operation will erase all the data on
    the disk, then, it runs the recovery directly and makes the system with
    SLED from zero.

    > I run windows in a virtual machine via virtualbox, any thoughts on
    > doing the same (you have access to 3D, directx etc)?

    Do you mean to use Windows 7 in a virtual machine? if so, I don't think
    I want so, I've experienced the virtual machine before with Ubuntu on a
    Windows 7, I got many issues made me dislike the virtual machine.

    > Else re-install windows 7 and run virtualbox with SLED in it?
    >

    SLED is original with the Laptop, I do not want to lose it. Also,
    actually, I do not want SLED as a necessity, If I would use Virtual
    Machine, I would use Ubuntu instead, I'm more familiar with it than
    SLED.

    Please, tell me for further information if I haven't understood you
    well.
    Thanks malcolmlewis.

    OK, fair enough. Lets try this, if you fire up your gparted and set the
    boot flag to partition 1 (hda1), and remove the bootflag from hda2, does
    it boot to SLED?

    --
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 3.0.13-0.27-default
    up 3 days 6:34, 3 users, load average: 0.08, 0.08, 0.06
    CPU Intel i5 CPU M520@2.40GHz | Intel Arrandale GPU


  7. #7

    Angry Re: Install Win7 after SLED

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    OK, fair enough. Lets try this, if you fire up your gparted and set the
    boot flag to partition 1 (hda1), and remove the bootflag from hda2, does
    it boot to SLED?

    No way, I've changed the boot flag from hda2 to hda1 and now I'm getting the error: "No existing Operating System" in start up and no boot menu appears, I wish that means something for you .

  8. #8

    Re: Install Win7 after SLED

    I have been asked to offer my 2c

    I agree with Malcolm. One look at this tells me is makes no sense. IMO you basically destroyed SLE, look at the size of it! 34GB
    And what happened to swap
    I'm pretty sure a pre-install SLE would have had
    /
    /home
    swap

    You say you want to keep SLE but who decided it was only worth 34GB

    Windows has only just been installed, but that NTFS partition is pretty full up for a new install.

    What I see here is a complete mess (sorry) but it is. Wipe the HD and start again.
    If you decide to do that, I suggest you ask for advice about partitioning.

    FYI: If you assign windows a existing ntfs partition during it's install process, it will install all in one partition. I never install it any differently than this.
    If you let it run riot with a complete HD and unassigned partitions it is then that it will create a small boot partition.

  9. #9

    Re: Install Win7 after SLED

    I agree with Malcolm. One look at this tells me is makes no sense. IMO you basically destroyed SLE, look at the size of it! 34GB
    And what happened to swap
    Hi,
    Right, I believe now I did destroy SLED looking to partitions that has only 34GB and no swap partition in there.
    I decided now to go through using a virtual machine since I have a Ubuntu .iso version to get my work done soon.
    But, that shouldn't be permanent because I can't bear my system is a mess
    So, let's suppose I did wipe the HD and restored the SLED, and now I'm in the point of installing Windows7, right?
    What do you suggest to do next in term of:
    - Partition size and type reserved for Win7.
    - Keeping SLED away from any changes due to the new OS installed aside.
    - Guarantee dual-boot between SLED and Win7.
    Thanks in advance.

  10. #10

    Re: Install Win7 after SLED

    When you get round to it. Wipe the HD and create new partitions like this:

    HTFS Primary 100GB
    Extended Primary to use all the free space
    swap Logical (equal to your RAM eg: 2GB)
    ext3 Logical 30GB for / (root)
    ext3 Logical (all the remaining free space) (for /home)
    ====================================

    Install windows first, pointing it to the ntfs partition
    Fully update it, including all it's silly service packs

    =====================================

    Now install SUSE
    Use the custom partitioning to point to the / and /home

    =====================================


    Here is an example of my partitioning (smaller HD than you)
    Code:
    dev/sda1              63   136327589    68163763+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2   *   136327651   312576704    88124527    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5       136327653   141259544     2465946   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6       141259608   177582509    18161451   83  Linux
    /dev/sda7       177584128   312575999    67495936   83  Linux

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