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Old 05-04-2006, 06:21 PM   #1
Larry O
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Can't access Fedora FC 5 for tri-boot option


I have two hard drives. I have Windows XP and SimplyMepis on /dev/hda and Fedora on /dev/hdd

Several attempts to edit the menu.lst to include Fedora have been unsuccessful. I still boot into Windows and Mepis no problem.

I have run grub.conf, too. Still, no luck.
here is the menu.lst

timeout 15
color cyan/blue white/blue
foreground ffffff
background 0639a1

gfxmenu /boot/grub/message

title 1. MEPIS at hda3, kernel 2.6.15-1-586tsc
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-1-586tsc root=/dev/hda3 nomce quiet vga=791


title 2. Fedora Core (2.6.15-1.2054_FC5), rootnoverify (hd1,0) kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5 ro root=/dev/hdd1 rhgb quiet initrd /initrd-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.img

title 3. WindowsXP at hda2
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1

title MEMTEST
kernel /boot/memtest86.bin


here is: #cat /boot/grub/device.map
(hd0) /dev/hda
(hd1) /dev/sde


here is #fdisk -l:
Disk /dev/hda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 25841 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 832 6289888+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda2 * 833 11360 79591680 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda3 11361 14256 21893760 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 14257 14385 975240 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 14257 14385 975208+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/hdd: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdd1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/hdd2 14 19457 156183930 8e Linux LVM

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 
Old 05-05-2006, 09:34 AM   #2
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try

title FC
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz ......then the rest of the stuff (see my tut.....if /boot is a separate partition you remove /boot from the stanza but a lot of newies have /boot as a sub-folder to /......)
initrd /boot/initrd.img (Or /initrd.img)


extra comments....each line starts with a command
title
root
kernel
initrd

if any future probs post each line pls


(2) your distro may of course not have symbolic links to vmlinuz or initrd.img so you may have to replace them with the full title but if you glance at my trouble-shooter you can do the kernel (and press tab) etc for each line...except title which is not to be used in the command line....to see whats wat.


3) hdd means FC must be on slave jumper controller 2 if that is wrong pls tell us what is wat.
 
Old 05-05-2006, 08:41 PM   #3
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I'm still stuck.

I tried several different menu.lst configurations. The best I could do resulted in a kernel panic.

Under the current menu.lst, a second boot splash screen opens but Fedora will not boot.
menu.lst current
color cyan/blue white/blue
foreground ffffff
background 0639a1

gfxmenu /boot/grub/message

title 1. MEPIS at hda3, kernel 2.6.15-1-586tsc
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-1-586tsc root=/dev/hda3 nomce quiet vga=791


title 2. Fedora Core (2.6.15-1.2054_FC5)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5 ro
root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVo100 rhgb quiet
initrd /initrd-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.img

title 3. WindowsXP at hda2
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1


title MEMTEST
kernel /boot/memtest86.bin



I tried mounting hdd2 and checking the grub subdirectory. All that is list is splash.xpz
 
Old 05-05-2006, 08:46 PM   #4
Larry O
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Also....

Here is another readout ...

root@1[hdd2]# cd /mnt/hdd1
root@1[hdd1]# dir
config-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5 lost+found
grub System.map-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5
initrd-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.img vmlinuz-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5
root@1[hdd1]#
 
Old 05-07-2006, 04:44 AM   #5
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did you try that with and without /boot and what is your ouput of /etc/fstab pls

also in title 2 which is looking better....remove everything after the root=/dev/bit and finally have you tried my trouble-shooter?
 
Old 05-08-2006, 11:39 AM   #6
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success finally!

Here's what I did:

I removed mepis off of the primary drive and replaced it with Fedora. I then installed mepis on the secondary slave drive and edited Grub using mepis' bootloader to include Fedora, and voila, it worked!

This was the impatient, time consuming way but the end result was worth it. I'm able to use Fedora 5 with Gnome desktop and Mepis with a KDE desktop while keeping Windows XP for familial harmony.

Fedora recognized my HP vs15x monitor and video card out of the box. I'm going to use the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and replace the one in Mepis, which hangs up periodically.

Thanks again for your help!
 
  


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