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Ok, we are done! I got Slackware installed. I didn't let it install Lilo. I then backed up my Mepis installation Thanks to Linux System Rescue CD. I re-installed Mepis (that was the only way I knew to put Mepis back in charge of the MBR), then I restored my Mepis partition. NOW I AM TRIPLE BOOTING. Thanks for the help! The Slackware boot command as I have it is:
I do know how to log in on a Live CD, and correct stuff, but that is a lot of wear and tear on my laptop cd rom. I have learned alot about grub, and how to edit the file, and even how to edit the commands when only in grub. What I haven't learned, is how to replace grub in the MBR without re-installing. I don't think that is possible. The reason I re-installed is because I wanted Mepis to be in control of the MBR. If there is a way to make them in charge of the MBR without re-installing the MBR, I'm all ears.
Slackware 11 didn't give me the option of installing lilo in its own partition, if it did, I missed it. I'm perfectly contented that it didn't install a bootloader at all, and I could still boot into it. That is sufficient for me. I edited the grub, and added the line from scratch.
I understand the chainloader+1 command that is the same way that windows does it, it's boot info is in its root directory. I would use that if the bootloader (lilo or grub) was installed to its own root partition. Which in theory would be the way to install an OS on an external hard drive, and then boot that external drive via grub. I may have to try that next time I have spare time. Thanks for the help, I do appreciate it.
Think you may miss out something as using a CD to install a distro must be a lot longer than to use it to rescue a Linux.
You can use Mepis as the Live CD. Boot it up, type "su" to get root privileage, create a temporary subdirectory in /mnt, mount whatever Linux root parttion on it, change root into it and you will be inside that Linux.
Full commands are, say the unbootable Linux is in hda3
mount /dev/hda3 /mnt/hda3
To install its Lilo
lilo -b /dev/hda
To install its Grub
If your first bootable disk is a Sata just change "hda" to "sda".
Wow, that is great. I'm a bit nervous to try this though because, if it fails for whatever reason (typo, or user error of some sort), then I guess, I could still log in via Live CD and fix stuff correct? I will have to give that a try later. That is a really cool command! Thanks.
Yeah, a floppy is nice, if you have a box, and not a laptop. That is a minor problem for me. Thanks for the info, have you ever booted an OS on an external hard drive? Theoretically if you loaded its bootloader into it's (the usb hdd) MBR, and then booted off the USB device, you should be able to boot into it right? I do have the ability to boot into a USB drive in my BIOS. So that may be an option for me to check into.
Last edited by shane2peru; 10-11-2006 at 10:02 PM.
We have completely changed this thread. Is there just a line to do that, or is it something that is dependent on the system being used? Couldn't you in theory just load everything on to the external hdd, and then boot via the USB device? I think I'm going to give that a try, it can't hurt anything, even if it doesn't work. Thanks for the help.