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Old 07-31-2007, 09:25 PM   #1
Aldav86
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Having Trouble Dual Booting Linspire/Suse/Windows


I am having trouble dual booting 3 O/S. I am running Windows XP, SUSE 10.2 and Freespire. I installed windows first followed by Freespire then SUSE. I can boot to windows and suse but can't get to Freespire. There is no option to boot into it in the grub boot loader and SUSE seems to have hidden the partition that Freespire is on. Does anyone have a solution?
 
Old 07-31-2007, 10:15 PM   #2
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Firstly. that's a triple boot not a double, but semantics aside it would be much easier to answer your question if you posted something helpful like your partitioning scheme and your grub menu.lst My crystal ball is broken at the moment.
 
Old 07-31-2007, 11:05 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aldav86
I am having trouble dual booting 3 O/S. I am running Windows XP, SUSE 10.2 and Freespire. I installed windows first followed by Freespire then SUSE. I can boot to windows and suse but can't get to Freespire. There is no option to boot into it in the grub boot loader and SUSE seems to have hidden the partition that Freespire is on. Does anyone have a solution?
I assume that after you installed Freespire you could boot it, but not after the Suse install.

A quick check seems to show they both use the GRUB bootloader. That makes it easier.

Basically you need to add a portion of the Freespire GRUB configuration file to the Suse GRUB configuration file.

If that makes no sense post the output of "cfdisk -PS" from Suse and a short description of which partition contains which operating system.

Last edited by 2damncommon; 07-31-2007 at 11:08 PM.
 
Old 08-01-2007, 05:34 AM   #4
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not so difficult,
1. open out linspiere's partition
2. find linspiere boot/grub/menu.lst and open it.
there is something like this:-
title linspiere or whatever
root (hd0,5)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic root=/dev/sda7 ro quiet splash
initrd /initrd.img-2.6.20-15-generic

3. copy content inside linspiere boot/ which is needed above into SUSE /boot/ directory(Caution: don't you overwrite any file! ).
4. copy this content into your SUSE /boot/grub/menu.lst (at bottom should be ok)

Reboot then you can see the option to boot linspiere.

So far I always do it manually, probably others people have better option.

Regards,
Ks
 
Old 08-14-2007, 09:43 PM   #5
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Tried coping the boot info to the Suse menu.lst file but still was not successful. Then i reinstalled windows first, suse second and finally freespire. Then i copied it to the Freespire menu.lst and it work straight away. Thanks for you help.
p.s I still would like to be able to use suse as the one i boot from, the main problem is that suse hides the freespire partition and wont read it.
 
Old 08-14-2007, 10:56 PM   #6
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Tried coping the boot info to the Suse menu.lst file but still was not successful. Then i reinstalled windows first, suse second and finally freespire. Then i copied it to the Freespire menu.lst and it work straight away. Thanks for you help.
p.s I still would like to be able to use suse as the one i boot from, the main problem is that suse hides the freespire partition and wont read it.
How does SUSE "hide the freespire partition"?? If you do "fdisk -l", can you see all your partitions? It is possible that SUSE does not mount all partitions by default, but you can mount them manually.
Look in /mnt to see if SUSE has set up mount points for all the partitions listed by fdisk.
 
  


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