Windows 8.1 dual-boot with openSUSE boot failure


I already have Windows 8.1 on my newly built PC and wanted to dual-boot with openSUSE. I wrote the install image to a USB, but the install kept hanging so I used network install (also written to a bootable USB).

Before install I created a separate 100 GB partition on my 1 TB RAID1 array that has Windows 8. The partition was created using Windows drive manager. I installed openSUSE on this new partition with no problems, allowing it to autosize its own partitions for boot, swap, etc. After install I tried to use the "boot from local disk" option on the install package on the USB, but I was told that the boot failed.

Without the USB connected, this displays when I try to boot:


I cannot advance beyond this point and therefore cannot boot Windows or openSUSE.

When I try to boot from a live CD, I get this:

[   4.369837] nouveau E[        PGRAPH][0000:01:00.0] failed to load fuc409c
[   4.369894] nouveau E[        DEVICE][0000:01:00.0] failed to create 0x18000717, -22
[   4.369949] nouveau E[        DRM] failed to create 0x80000080, -22
[   5.801869] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] No Caching mode page found
[   5.801915] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] Assuming drive cache, write through
[   36.156720] ata8.00: exception Emask 0x52 SAct 0x0 SErr 0xffffffff action 0xe frozen
[   36.156777] ata8: SError: { RecovData RecovComm UnrecovData Persist Proto HostInt PHYRdyChg PHYInt CommWake 10B8B Dispar BadCRC Handshk LinkSeq TrStaTrns UnrecFis DevExch }
[   36.156839] ata8.00: failed command: IDENTITY PACKET DEVICE
[   36.156890] ata8.00: cmd a1/00:01:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/00 tag 22 pio 512 in
[   36.156890]  res 40/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/00 Emask 0x56 (ATA bus error)
[   36.156951] ata8.00: status: { DRDY }
asked on Super User Jul 19, 2015 by Renaud Chauret • edited Jul 20, 2015 by Sathyajith Bhat

2 Answers


Try booting to an Ubuntu live cd, and running the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair
answered on Super User Jul 19, 2015 by patrick

I ended up using the original Windows 8.1 install disk to boot up and refresh the OS, and I am now able to boot Windows successfully. However, still no luck with openSUSE. For now I'm just happy that my PC is functional again.

answered on Super User Jul 19, 2015 by Renaud Chauret

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