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major booting problems.....

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I just got SuSE 8.1 from my windows XP professional machine with an NTFS partition. I used partition Magic 8 and like most of the people talking about xmnt2002 and AUTOCHK not working i have the same problem but i found out in fdisk its the cylenders, heres what it gave me:
The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 9729.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
that is my problem, heres my parittion table:
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1808 9729 63633433+ 17 Hidden HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 34 1807 14249623+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 1 33 265041 82 Linux swap
I need help! Thanks, -Evan
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I'm not sure why everyone is playing around with hidden partitions at this point.. if you install windows then linux and allow LILO or Grub to be the bootloader it will boot both OS's without a problem.. either LILO isn't stored in the MBR because the primary partition is hidden or LILO isn't setup to run from the superblock on the linux device .. in your case /dev/hda2 I believe...Un-hide the partition, boot with the suse disk, re-run LILO and you should be fine.
ok how do i unhide the partition? Partition Magic created the linux partition and i guess it hid the XP one.
You will need to boot with a windows bootdisk and then enter the "fdisk' program, one of the options it has is to unhide partitions.. that should do the trick. Once thats done, you should be able to re-install LILO and be on your way :)
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