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danh000 31st December 2008 16:46

Multi-boot
 
I want to configure my laptop for multi-boot. I want to boot SUSE 11.1, Fedora 10 and Ubuntu 8.10 from the same disk.

In which order should they be installed so that I can end up with one grub configuration to control all three.

falko 1st January 2009 12:17

As long as all OS' are Linux, the order is not important. If you want to use windows, you must install Windows first and then Linux.

danh000 6th January 2009 17:29

OK I installed in the following order.

Windoze XP
Ubuntu 8.10
Fedora 10
openSUSE 11.1

All show up as selections in the suse grub menu and all boot except Ubuntu. I can't figure out why. It gives an error of a file missing when I try to boot Ubuntu.

Please help!

falko 7th January 2009 13:44

What's the exact error message?

danh000 8th January 2009 17:25

Here is the output of fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x30b8ff87

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 6374 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 6375 17985 93265357+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda3 17986 30401 99731520 83 Linux
/dev/sda5 6375 17924 92775343+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 17925 17985 489951 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xa9a4a9a4

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 14593 117218241 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 1 2611 20972794+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb6 2612 14593 96245383+ 83 Linux

Here is my grub menu.lst

# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Tue Jan 6 20:11:57 MST 2009
default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd1,4)/boot/message


###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title openSUSE 11.1
root (hd1,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD1200BEVS-60RST0_WD-WXE707299119-part5 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD2500BEVS-60UST0_WD-WXE708JC4018-part6 splash=silent showopts vga=0x317
initrd /boot/initrd


###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Fedora (2.6.27.9-159.fc10.x86_64) (/dev/sda3)###
title Fedora (2.6.27.9-159.fc10.x86_64) (/dev/sda3)
root (hd0,2)
configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst


###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic (/dev/sda5)###
title Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic (/dev/sda5)
root (hd0,4)
configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst


###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows###
title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1


###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.1
root (hd1,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD1200BEVS-60RST0_WD-WXE707299119-part5 showopts ide=nodma apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 x11failsafe vga=0x317
initrd /boot/initrd


###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title Debug -- openSUSE 11.1 - 2.6.27.7-9
root (hd1,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27.7-9-debug root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD1200BEVS-60RST0_WD-WXE707299119-part5 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD2500BEVS-60UST0_WD-WXE708JC4018-part6 splash=silent showopts vga=0x317
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.27.7-9-debug

Hope this helps. Thanks for the help!

falko 9th January 2009 14:00

Try something like this for the Ubuntu stanza:

Code:

title          Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic
root (hd0,4)
kernel          /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic ro quiet splash
initrd          /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
quiet



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