use the same boot loader for each (expert mode during install). skip the bootloader w redhat (win98se boot disk fdisk /mbr to remove boot loader from mbr), and use the bootloader w/ mandrake, and specify the partitions that you want to boot up, and /dev/hda1 for the mbr. if on controller card, then point mbr to that hdd's first partition (provided it's the only hdd- just put bootloader to hdd that is the lower letter- ex two hdd's one is /dev/hde, other is /dev/hda, then hda is where the mbr is, and point the boot loader to it- make a boot floppy, so that you can boot into the os, and rework the boot process if necessary). so remove boot loader from mbr, then use mandrake to set a bootloader to the mbr, specifying both kernel partition mount points.
now, i haven't performed this, but from what you describe, the 2 different boot loaders is wrong- you'll use just one bootloader for all your os's (windows as well).
the other thing that might be wrong is having 2 swap files. i think that only one is needed for all the linux os's- though i'm not 100% certain. i haven't tried this yet, but i certainly would like to have a couple of distros to choose from.
linux will not boot correctly from extended partitions (or so they say). if you are setting up the /boot partition past the 8gig mark (1024 cylinder), then you might have to force lba during set up of mount points.
give the fdisk /mbr routine a try though, and use one boot loader, and point to the correct partitions, and point bootloader to mbr of /dev/hda1. good luck!
Last edited by len; 06-26-2003 at 02:08 PM.