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Old 11-03-2008, 09:58 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help booting a system installed on a USB HD


I have a Macbook dual booting OSX and Mepis 7. I have a external HD partitioned with a backup partition, a general storage partition, and a partition for Mandriva one 09. I installed mandriva but GRUB failed to install. I want to edit the mepis boot loader to load mandriva but i'm pretty new so I'm not really sure how to do this. I have tried taking the info from the mandriva boot file and adding a loader to the mepis file but when I try to load it, it says it can't find the partition which is sdb5. I will post the mepis loader list but i have to restart to switch systems and I'm on OSX right now. Thanks for any help.
Old 11-03-2008, 10:09 PM   #2
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I'm trying to get ubuntu to load on my iMac at the moment. From what I have been reading, the MBR emulation that the Apple firmware provides is just the regular version, not extended. So it can only recognize 4 partitions on each drive.

Since Mandriva is on the fifth partition, perhaps that is why?
Old 11-03-2008, 10:20 PM   #3
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I use rEFIt to boot linux on my machine, it lets you use as many systems as you like. The problem is that I don't think the USB drivers are loaded that early on in the boot process so it won't let me boot from that system. Also I'm not sure I have my config right to boot the system.


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