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OK .... long story short .... I had pieces/parts laying around from old system builds and decided to assemble a pc after reading about linux .... not wanting to purchase another windows license .... linux is the alternative i would like to use .... I have less than zero expierience .... I have downloaded and tried several distributions .... short of this is my daughter likes Mint 17 Cinnamon and i like openSUSE KDE .... now my issue ....I read way too many dual boot instructions from 2001, 2004, 2007 etc and nothing more current .... please may i have assistance in creating this setup .... i have tried several time only to end up with one or the other working fine or completely crashing .... Currently i will be starting from scratch .... parts i used are Abit NF7S motherboard, AMD Barton core 2500, 500gb (sata) hdd, 320gb (sata) hdd, older ATI radeon card, 2gb memory, creative SB, CDRW, DVDRW, 3.5 floppy, ls120 zip (just because i had it), multi-card reader. As always, thank you for your support. Right now i would just like to get the system working & useable; i will then have time to learn.
What are your plans - each distros to have its own disk ?. Might be sanest way to do it. Both expect to occupy the full disk, so let them at it.
If it were me, I'd pick a disk to use for your daughter, and pull the power out of the other. Do the Mint17 install as a standard install. Make sure it works, then pull the power from that disk and plug the other in - install OpenSuSE. Check that.
Then plug both disks back in and reboot - see which one boots. For OpenSuSE yast should have an option to run an update to get both systems listed on the boot menu. If Mint comes up as owning the MBR, simply run "sudo update-grub" from a terminal.
After all that you should have a usable dual-boot.
Well did not plan for a distro per HDD but that is what i did using the install instructions from the openSUSE and MINT websites. Both installs were flawless and all components of our beloved "FRANKEN" puter are operational (got more color components than crayola). Original request was a dual boot on first drive with second as a shared storage volume.
Here is the issue i have with this setup; both HDD are sata without the option of choosing something like sata1 or sata2 in the bios. Absolutely no issues getting to openSUSE on the first drive but no joy getting to MINT on the second drive. Ran the updates for openSUSE. Can you get me to the second HDD and MINT? thank you!
You can shortcut that from where you are I think. You say that each of your separate drives will work by itself, and they are like you want them when consider each separately?
If that is so: Just be sure that both drives are plugged in, and boot the machine. It may just boot into one of the drives, and ignore the other, but don't despair. just pull up a "terminal" from the menu, and type in the following command:
sudo update-grub (just as syg00 suggested). Let it do its thing and when you reboot, you should be given a choice which distro you want to boot into.
OpensUSE expects/demands using yast for this - even renames the standard scripts.
Go here and do as it says - from a GUI file manager you should be able to simply double-click to unroll the downloaded file. After running the script post the RESULTS.txt here.
Well .... after a few hours of failing .... accepted this .... 100%, 1st HDD, with 2nd drive as 2 partition storage, one for me & 1 for my kiddo .... the operating system of choice ..... (small drum roll) .... openSUSE 13.1 KDE ....
didn't research yet, but .... we will be setting 2 user logins, beside the admin account, for myself & my daughter with limited access so we do not mess up the system and she can go about 'prettying' up her desktop & I can get some work done.
all of you were right .... i wanted too much to start without the understanding of linux .... but .... with the ease of the installation & all hardware operating .... openSUSE is off to a great start !