OpenSUSE Install :: Switched From Ubuntu 9.10 To 11.2 - Vista Recovery Partition Got Corrupted
Mar 7, 2010
I've two laptops, my main one is Dell inspiron 1545 and for experimental purposes, I use Acer Aspire 5315. I used to be a Redhat linux user from 2001 to 2003 on and off, but lost touch with linux for the past few years. I grew frustrated with windows after my Vista recovery partition in Acer Aspire got corrupted and when I took the laptop for servicing, the service person installed a pirated copy of XP. The laptop constantly overheated and I always received all kinds of warnings from microsoft about using pirated version. I finally decided to buy a new laptop and hence bought Dell inspiron 1545. Too bad I didn't realize I could have switched to linux.
I was suspicious about Windows 7 in my new dell right from the day one and thought of checking linux options available. I was surprised to know the the most popular linux distro now was no longer Redhat or Suse but a relatively newcomer Ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu 9.10 on a 40GB extended partition and was extremely satisfied with the ease of installation. The hardware detector told me I need to install "Broadcom STA" for my wireless card to work. I installed ATI driver from AMD website and it worked like a charm. Like any linux user, I couldn't resist the temptation to distro hop, so decided to use my old Acer laptop as testbed. The first distro I tried was KDE version of Fedora 12. The splash screen was very impressive and more graphical than Ubuntu's, however the boot time was painfully slow and I ran into a dependency hell while trying to upgrade using Kpackagekit.
I tried Linux mint KDE next and it was impressive, but I was still not completely satisfied. I then tried Opensuse 11.2 KDE and I immediately fell in love with the beautiful look and feel. I was so impressed that I went ahead and replaced the ubuntu in my dell with Opensuse 11.2. However, it was not smoothsailing when it came to hardware detection. After a lot of trials and tribulations, I managed to download Broadcom STA drivers and managed to get my wifi working. I realized that Radeon HD was installed as default and tried to turn on compositing. KDE got stuck and even after cold reboot, didn't recover. I had to re-install the OS and this time I tried to install ATI proprietary driver. But running the driver install script threw up lot of errors and I lost my mouse cursor. I had to re-install the OS again, generate RPM for the ATI driver and install it along with Kernel source, headers, gcc, make, etc... Finally I was able to activate compositing.
I then installed Xen and when I booted to Xen kernel, my mouse cursor again dissapeared, most likely due to non-compatibility of ATI driver. I had to uninstall Xen. I then tried to upgrade the kernel to 2.6.31-15 and again my mouse cursor dissapeared. I had to re-install the entire OS again. I'm so frightened of Kernel updates now. I never had such problems with Ubuntu kernel updates, maybe ATI is more pro-active in releasing new versions of drivers when it comes to Ubuntu.
In-spite of all my hardships, I'm so much in love with Opensuse and KDE. I love it so much that it now runs on both my Dell and Acer. I've removed all the other distros from my Acer. It has been quite a long time since I tried any other distro and I don't even have the faintest desire to distro-hop. Infact, for the past few days I'm so worried about the news of Novell takeover. I really don't want Opensuse to die. It will be a big loss for Linux users.
Two days ago I repartitioned my laptop HD and added the latest Ubuntu (2.6.35-25-generic) to the existing Vista and existing Ubuntu (2.6.32-28-generic via upgrades from 9.14(?)). Prior to this install it was using Grub with menu.lst from the old/upgrade Ubuntu. After the install the boot menu labels the partition with Vista as the Windows Recovery partition and the recovery partition item is no longer present.
At first I wondered how I could get Vista to boot. I found that SuperGrub cd would boot it OK. Then, it dawned on me that the boot menu item was not the recovery partition, but instead the Vista OS partition mislabelled . Vista loads just fine from it. The recovery partition is no longer listed as it was with Grub/menu.lst. SuperGrub will not boot the recovery partition, showing an error "missing BOOTMGR".
I'm using dd to clone a Windows Vista hard drive and recovery partition with zero luck. I duplicated the partitions with gparted then used dd to copy each partition and then the master boot record. Nothing............. no boot.
I know I said I wouldn't do anything that could possibly do anything bad to the drive until I receive my external hard drive. I just didn't expect that upgrading from 11.2 to 11.3 via zypper dup has the potential to do that.
First, the problem: The most important partition of my computer containing all the irreplaceable stuff (images) which I had apparently only partially backed up was corrupted after I upgraded from 11.2 to 11.3.
On my computer, there are 2 drives. sda was the one that had Windows. sdb had an NTFS partition and a few smaller partitions which I used for openSUSE. After doing quite a bit of searching on upgrades corrupting partitions, I didn't find anything about it doing what I feared which was corrupting the NTFS so I went ahead and upgraded.
The upgrade went along smoothly. No problems that I could tell. The only weird thing was that the window borders disappeared near the end but I assumed that was supposed to happen. And then I restarted. First thing I noticed was that the background was blue instead of the image I had set (which happened to be on the NTFS partition). I didn't think much of it at the time figuring it was just a quirk in the upgrade process. I went ahead and decided to reset the background to what it was. And then I realized that the NTFS partition was missing -- it wasn't mounted or visible at all. That was when I started to panic a bit.
I opened up Yast partitioner and everything looked fine except that NTFS partition in question had a little * by it. I went ahead and reset its mount point only to receive an error saying that the filesystem in question doesn't exist. And sda became sdb and sdb became sda if that changes anything.
I went into Windows expecting for it to do a CHKDISK on bootup for the drive (D: ) but none of that happened. Hoping that everything was fine, I went in and tried to access it only be given an error along the lines of "The drive in D: is not formatted. Do you want to format it?" Of course, I said no but that was when I realized that this was no partition table problem like last time.
I tried restarting but Windows froze and refused to do so for several minutes so forced the computer to shutdown and loaded my copy of GParted LiveCD. It showed a 30GB unrecognized partition, another 30MB one and some unallocated space. TestDisk fixed that. (so it turns out, there was a partition table issue) What was left was what looked OK except the one partition on sda (the original sdb) that I could not afford to lose had an error.
I can't remember the exact error but it said something like "Are you trying to use a disk as a partition? Are you trying to use /dev/sda as /dev/sda1 or vice versa?" That was either in the error message or in the message I got when I tried to check the disk.
Still trying to get Windows to check the disk, I tried booting from the new sda into Windows. What I got was the Dell Utility program. It said no mouse detected and I couldn't do anything so I shut it down.
I tried going back into Windows the normal way and got the Dell Utility. I figured that this was an MBR problem after I went back into openSUSE with the new sdb still reading perfectly. Although I couldn't manage to restore the MBR so I can't log into Windows. But the other issue is far more important.
I'm having an issue installing Ubuntu with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit through Wubi. The Wubi installation works great and Ubuntu seems to install after the first reboot after selecting Ubuntu from Windows' boot menu, however whenever I select Ubuntu from Windows' boot menu after Ubuntu installs and it reboots for the second time, it loads the GRUB bootloader, however Ubuntu isn't listed at all.
Windows 7 is listed twice and Windows Vista is listed (seems it picks up the recovery partition for Windows 7 as Vista) and when I select the first Windows 7 from the GRUB bootloader, it just goes back to Windows' boot menu with Windows 7 and Ubuntu as the selections. If I select the second Windows 7 from the GRUB bootloader, it'll boot Windows 7 like normally. It looks like Ubuntu is nowhere to be found. Because of that, I just ended up uninstalling it.
I have a Lenovo thinkpad T400 with Vista x64 that I want to dual-boot with fedora 10. The T400's original config has 3 primary partions:
1) Vista boot partition (some weird partition that it only uses to boot... this is my first time using Vista so I don't know the details, but I think it has to be there and it has to be a separate partition from the "data" partition)
2) Vista data partition
3) Lenovo Rescue and Recovery partition (a separate bootable partition that is used for recovery, backups, ...)
My first attempt was to shrink the recovery partition and add a new extended partition that has the two standard fedora logical volumes and an extra NTFS to be shared between the OS's (I usually use FAT32 for this one, but NTFS support seems to be pretty solid now).
Everything was fine, but I couldn't boot into the rescue partition. According to this site:
You *have* to have a linux boot partition be your primary partition. Other people have told me the same thing and that site has an explanation, but I don't get it =)
So, it seems that I need 5 primaries (3 original vista/lenovo primaries, 1 linux primaray to put the boot stuff into, and 1 extended for everything else) to make this work (which is not possible). Can anyone think of something else I could do (other than getting rid of Vista and the Lenovo stuff and giving them both the finger?) I'm thinking maybe I could make an extended partition and move one or more of the Vista/Lenovo partitions in there, but I'm not sure if they could boot.
The problem is, on a machine, you can only have 4 primary partitions. sda1 and sda2 are my Vista and Recovery partitions respectively, which eliminates two of my primary partitions already. I myself have never used logical partitions, and was wondering if any of the partitions the Beginner's Guide recommends (/, swap, /var, and /home) could be made logical, and if I even need a swap partition.
I have got a Acer Aspire 9300 which came with one of Bill Gates unreliable operating systems and a recovery partition in case something goes wrong. I surely installed linux (now on opensuse 11.4) as quickly as possible. mounting this hidden recovery partition under linux? All I can see is this from "fdisk -l"printout:
Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x34fe34fd [Code]....
I assume that the partition in question is between blocks 0 and 2047?
This is just a data point because these observations are semi-irreproducible results:
* sound. Sometimes the sound cuts out and no sound producing applications are able to use sound. I do not see any evidence for what happened in /var/log/messages. If there is something else I should look at, it would be nice to know. Nothing in the alsa stuff jumps out as a way to trace the activity, so I don't know how to provide any diagnostic info. After several reboots, it eventually restores itself and works correctly.
* video. Sometimes when I boot up, the secondary monitor has residual trash on the boot up/login screen. Other times, it is switched off entirely and I only get one monitor functioning when the desk top is finally up. Rebooting a few times clears this up, too.
The clear-up reboot requires a full shut down, not just a KDE restart. That is always ineffective when these problems present themselves, so these are likely driver level issues. I do not know where developers get their suggestions, but here's one: for each subsystem, have some well-named "I need diagnostics for this" thing available under the yast administrator stuff. That would turn on diagnostics for the subsystem. Then, I could turn it on for X and get something a bit better than the .xsession-errors (which showed nothing obvious for this problem) and for sound (aka "alsa" for those in the know).
I just set up a new CentOS 5 server with three identical SATA hard drives in LVM. Last week we copied all of our files to the new server and it was working fine on Friday. I came after the weekend and booted the machine back up but our new LVM isn't showing up. So I do this...
I would like to build an oem style install partions that is bootable with menu to choose if I want to run install or boot already installed system. I would like to include current source packages on the same dive so if I don't have internet access at time of install, can can still install what I need.I know with Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can get this but how can I do this with Debian?
I have two hard drives, a 320GB and a 1.5TB. The first hard drive has two windows partitions. The first one is the main vista partition and the second one is one for factory restore (its an HP pavilion).
So wanted to install both ubuntu and ubuntu studio on the second hard drive, so I allocated about 1TB as an ntfs partition that I wanted to be accessible by both vista and ubuntu. So I have 400GB left for both distros. I have partitioned off two 40GB partitions for the two roots and I'm sharing one large home parititon and I put a swap partition at the end of the disk.
After I got through the second installation (ubuntu studio) vista no longer recognised the ntfs partition on the second disk. I thought maybe the install botched the boot sector, so I used testdisk to try to fix it, but it hasn't done any good. I do not want to format the second drive again because I have data on there I transferred over from an old hard drive before I installed ubuntu.
I tried to 'initialise' the disk in vista, but that just wiped the partition table so I had to fix that with testdisk on a live cd
Does anyone have any idea how i could possibly fix this problem or what winblows is thinking? I want to be able to read the partition in windows.
I've installed wubi on my D: partition of a vista os. Vista is installed on the C: I can see the vista partition if I mount it but can only see the wubi 10.04 system files on the data partition (D: ). No option to mount it either. Also curious to know if its possible to automatically mount the c: on startup.
I am trying to recover my compaq vista after a BSOD error. I have Ubuntu running and can see both my main hard drive and the factory image. I am trying to create a recovery disc that will allow me to boot back into windows.
I installed Ubuntu 10.04 32 bit on an Acer Aspire 7520 laptop running Vista.Thereafter, Vista could only be run via the "Windows Recovery Environment" grub menu option, which is on /dev/sda2. However, within Vista than the wireless network is not functioning any more. It has given lot of headaches to find a way out. Unsuccessful, so far.
I have understood that Vista does not always play nice with third party partitioners and that it was best to use the tools *within* Vista to change its size.
I do not know, but the same might apply to Windows 7? Anyway I understand Windows 7 also has its own resize tools.
My advice to newcomers with Vista (or Windows 7) has been to use the Windows inbuilt tools to resize and then to leave un partitioned space on the drive, because until recently the Ubuntu Live CD has included an option 'Install into un partitioned space' or similar. Which was very easy.
However, with Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop CD the same option does not exist, so for beginners, or any nervous newcomer, the only practical option in most cases is to use the 'resize' facility in the Ubuntu installer.
This is a circular situation, if the Ubuntu facility resize is recommended to be avoided.
I would very much like to avoid having to tell them to use the 'advanced' option. Most of them are pretty jittery, from having used Windows for years.
I am aware that the 10.10 Alternate CD still includes 'install into un partitioned space'. Do I now tell people they need both a Live CD for initial tests and then also an Alternate CD for install?
They would see the install invitation in the Desktop CD live session and have to disregard it.
The Ubuntu 10.10 installer is, on the face of it, getting more friendly towards nervous newcomers.
Are the warnings about third party partitioners still relevant?
Firstlyi want to specify that i read many threads and guides before posting this, tried to follow some advice and solutions but nothing worked (but I am a beginner user, and maybe i did something wrong!)My laptop is a Lenovo SL410 (i bought it in China) which came with pre-installed Windows Vista.I had many trouble with resizing the partition in order to make room for Ubuntu but i finally managed. I successfully installed Ubuntu 10.04 and everything works fine.My problem is that Grub shows"Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" instead of normal Windows Vista (which is on /dev/sda2)If i choose Windows Recovery Env. i can load Vista but is not stable, keeps crashing, or giving me warning about low memory
I just installed 11.3 RC1, but I can only run in failsafe mode. Installation went fine and I'm not having any problems except that when my computer gets ready to launch my login screen it just display garbled graphics. I have tried multiple resolutions and the x11failsafe option, all with a no-go. I did see this error message pop up at the time of garbled graphics on one login: [GPU LOCKUP, switching to software fbcom]
I have a laptop which was originally running Windows Vista, I attempted to install Windows XP on via USB since the laptop couldn't boot the install disk (this has turned out to be a bad disk drive. This fell flat on its back and wouldn't even finish the install (although not before formating the Vista install in to oblivion). Although I was extremely careful to leave the Vista recovery intact. So I managed to get Ubuntu 8.10 (XFCE if that makes any difference) installed over USB. I was wondering, Could I use the GRUB louder to boot into the recovery drive? Laptop is a Toshiba Equium L350D
Im dual booting vista and ubuntu 10.10 when i start up i get the option to boot linux OR i can boot window recovery (loader) which works or i can choose windows xp which doesnt even work and im not sure why its there since i dont have xo installed and i never have on this pc. it doesnt say anything about vista anywhere.
My question is...is this a problem? it seems to work fine but i dont want to have problems later on.
I wanted to start exploring web development and perhaps hosting my own server as well as learning about linux and all the things that go with it so I downloaded the ubuntu 9.1 Server edition and burned it to a CD. I thought to put it on my Dell laptop as it is newer than my main PC and I could bring it to and fro between class. It had Vista installed and I definitely wanted to keep that in the meantime until I got more familiar with Ubuntu. The laptop has a 320GB hard drive with a 10 GB recovery partition. I went ahead and formatted the 10GB to make room for ubuntu. Also I was able to "shrink" the main windows partition by 16GB to make even more room. I could not combine the two small drives but alas. I had hoped to use the 16GB partition for the main install and the 10GB for a necessary swap drive (I am completely new to all this).
So I reboot on the server CD and get to the partition section. I was following this guide here: [url]
It seemed I did not want to do anything "guided" or "automatic" because the options were listing the entire drive and again i wanted to keep my vista untouched. So I go to manual partitioning and although the guide didn't go into enough detail I went ahead and assigned an "ext2" filetype to the larger partition and a "swap" to the smaller partition. Then I went to write changes to disk and after completing one of the two successfully the installer failed to configure the swap drive. I don't know why. I restarted to make sure windows was OK and surely it was not, as I got the dreaded "missing operating system" screen. I ran the windows recovery CD and lo and behold it could not find any drives at all, much less repair them. The data I had on the vista partition were not particularly vital, but it would be nice to have it back.
So my questions are, is there a way to recovery the windows partition? And how is the correct way to configure a dual boot system with Vista and Ubuntu 9.1 Server edition?
I was unable to boot into my system after I'd just shut it down, so I tried repairing it using my installation media... only to find that though my root Ext4 fs on sda6 was corrupted & *supposedly* repairable, the cd could not do so for some reason! All I can get is a command line, saying something about the root fs being mounted as read only, and I have no idea how to resolve this. I cannot afford to loose ANY of the data I have on here.
Recently I installed openSuSE 11.3 x64 on PC with Intel motherboard, 4GB RAM & two of 1TB WD RE3.Of course I set RAID1 during installation After some struggle with GRUB which pointed to wrong devices after installation I started to work. But suddenly I found that file system is corrupted after every reboot (It does not depend on what I use and what the way I use - reboot, shutdown -r now or even just poweroff - everything follow to:
Starting MD Raid mdadm: /dev/md2 has been started with two drives mdadm /dev/md3 has been started with 2 drives mdadm /dev/md4 has been started with 2 drives mdadm /dev/md5 has been started with 2 drives
I am new to knoppix. I actually have never used it. I was under the impression that I could change or recover my password on Windows Vista. I only have one user and it is the administrator. I am not exactly sure why it is no longer working. It is on a laptop and I have let others use it at times. don't know if someone may have changed when it was open at work or something. Every time I boot up and my user account comes up. I put in my password and it looks like it will log on but then comes back and says wrong password. I did see a way to do it with Windows 2000, and XP. Will that also work with Vista?
So I decided to try Ubuntu from a live USB drive 10.04 LTS on my Toshiba laptop as the windows Vista SP2 was running really slow. I liked it and clicked on the install icon. From there I set it for duel boot and off it went. The install worked great. I then downloaded the startup manager and changed the start up to be default of windows loader. Now when it boots into windows it goes to the windows recovery thing and won't start windows.
I have 3 hard drives and have Ubuntu installed on one (sdb), had windows vista installed in the other (sda) and use the other (sdc) as a back up/extra space. I just deleted the windows vista partition and formatted the hard drive (ext4) and now just use Ubuntu, however, in the grub boot, vista and recovery is still showing up. How can I clean the grub up and delete these entries. I've searched all over the place, googled like crazy and all I can find is how to get rid of grub or reinstall the MBR of vista (etc). One more thing, how can I permanently mount the new empty hard drive in Ubuntu so that I have access to it all the time w/out having to mount it.
I tried installing Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on my girlfriend's lenovo using a live disc. First we tried it out to show her the wireless would work fine (her previous lenovo was not ubuntu friendly at all). She's interested in keeping her windows 7 partition along with the lenovo recovery partition, so I tried doing a dual boot install. I manually moved the cursors setting the disk space on each partition, and we allowed Ubuntu to do the rest. Much to my dismay, the installation failed.
I've done some reading over the internet, and I think in our case it would be best to use a Wubi installation. We're interested in using 10.04, so where can we find a wubi installer of Ubuntu 10.04?
Also, any ideas why the installation might have failed? The iso was downloaded off the ubuntu main site, and we burned it using infrarecorder.