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Old 03-27-2006, 08:56 PM   #1
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Looking to Triple Boot :)


Hello all. I certianly have installed Windows XP64, and SUSE 10.0 64bit. I would like to make room for Fedora Core 5 64bit for a triple boot situation. I have a 250GB SATA2 HD. 80GB is for windows, and the rest is for SUSE. I would like to know how to go about this. I have Grub for SUSE, I have tired Knoppix but wasn't successful. What i would like to do also is share the 1GB Swap with both SUSE and Fedora. I have read some articles on here about this but not really to sure on how to kick it off. Thank you very much for your time on this matter.

SYSTEM
AMDX2 4200
2GB PC3200 DDR2
Nvidia GTX 7800 256MB PCI-E
250GB SATA2 HD
 
Old 03-27-2006, 09:42 PM   #2
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first you should partition of part of the suse space to make room for fedora core using something like fdisk of cfdisk. After that go ahead with the install. When asking for where to install itself you should be able to tell fedora to use the free space for the OS and you can make the swap space from SUSE to be the swap for fedora core as well.
 
Old 03-27-2006, 09:53 PM   #3
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Can i use fdisk or cfdisk while i'm logged on to suse or do i have to find another way?
 
Old 03-27-2006, 10:27 PM   #4
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i would perfer not to if i could avoid it. I dont want to mess stuff up. I am not sure it would but i always use a liveCD or you might be aqble to do it during the fedora install. I am not very familiar with the installation of Fedora.
 
Old 03-27-2006, 10:31 PM   #5
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I was thinking of using Knoppix to shrink the SUSE partition to make room for Fedora. I hope i do it right, and not go through headaches, only if necessary.

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Old 03-27-2006, 10:36 PM   #6
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sounds good. Go for it. Good Luck
 
Old 03-27-2006, 11:23 PM   #7
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hi,
would like to discuss a step further.
while you will be installing Fedora, don't put its bootloader into the MBR (although you can do it).
Actually the problem is....either of SuSE or Fedora's bootloader will be there in MBR.
Since SuSE is up and running fine so don't play with its bootloader by installing the bootloader of Fedora in MBR.
Either skip or install the bootloader of Fedora in its root partition.
Now after successful installation of Fedora, you won't see it in menu option.
You will have to make a entry for its root..etc in the grub.conf/lilo.conf/menu.lst (what ever its in SuSE) of SuSE.
This will help you
http://www.gnulinuxclub.org/index.ph...d=57&Itemid=31

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Old 03-28-2006, 11:20 PM   #8
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I tired to resize my SUSE partition with Knoppix 4.0 but it wouldn't let me. It let me try to resize my windows, but i have a lot of unused space for my SUSE. So i then tired Fedora, but that didn't give me an option to resize either. Looks like i might try Mandriva next and have a Quadtriple boot lol. Anybody know how to go about this?? thank you for your time on this matter.
 
Old 03-29-2006, 12:54 AM   #9
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if u have a partition of ext2 or ext3 may be PARTITION MAGIC LETS U RECIZE THE PARITITON OF LINUX
 
Old 03-30-2006, 08:46 AM   #10
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So after i install Fedora, and maybe Mandriva. And keep Suse as the primary boot loader with GRUB, YAST has the feature to dectect and add the other two to the start up?? thanks.
 
Old 03-30-2006, 10:09 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bkz81
So after i install Fedora, and maybe Mandriva. And keep Suse as the primary boot loader with GRUB, YAST has the feature to dectect and add the other two to the start up?? thanks.
hi,
Not very much sure about it .........if SuSE is installed in the last then it recognizes the already installed o/s. But if you install Fedora etc. after installing SuSE, then you will have to make entries in the menu.lst of SuSE about other o/s. Its not a tough task.....
Follow the link i specified in my last post.

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Old 03-31-2006, 08:51 AM   #12
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Ok so what i will do is install Fedora Core 5, then Mandriva, and last SUSE. So when i install SUSE do i use that boot loader to over ride, the boot loaders for Mandriva and Fedora?? I haven't had time to do any of this during the week, til the this weekend. I would appericate as much feed back as possible about this. I have a 250GB HD with windows xp 64 on it, partitioned C: to 80GB, and i have at least 50GB for the other three. Thank you for your time on this matter.
 
Old 03-31-2006, 11:48 AM   #13
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So when i install SUSE do i use that boot loader to over ride, the boot loaders for Mandriva and Fedora??
Don't do like this.
Whatever distro you install first, install its boot loader in MBR. Afterwards don't install other distros boot loader anywhere. Just mark there entries into the grub.conf/lilo.conf of the first distro (who's boot loader is in MBR).

Reason is........suppose you successfully install Fedora first. Then you carry on with SuSE but somehow installation fails. In this case you may end up messing up the MBR.
Let me explain you in bit more detail.

1. Install any distro first. Install its bootloader into MBR.
2. Install the second distro. Don't install its bootloader anywhere.
3. Install the third distro. Don't install its bootloader too.

Till this stage you won't be getting the rest of the o/s in menu of first distro.

4. Now pemanently mount the drives containing the 2nd and 3rd distro into the /etc/fstab of the 1st distro.
5. make entries of the 'root' etc. of the 2nd and 3rd distro in the lilo.conf/grub.conf/menu.lst of the 1st distro.

here is my /etc/lilo.conf
Quote:
# Original Linux
image = /mnt/Slack/boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda6
label= Slackware
read-only

# Testing Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda7
label = SlackTesting
read-only

# Linux 2.4.267 of Testing Linux.
image = /boot/2.4.267/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda7
label = 23Jan06
read-only
# Linux bootable partition config ends
root@bond:~#
See the highlighted line. Thats the path of the mounted drive of another distro.

Thats it !!!

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Old 04-01-2006, 10:30 AM   #14
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Ok i installed Fedora Core 5 last night with no problems. I still have 100GB to play with so i'm thinking of putting SUSE 10.0 64bit and Mandriva 64bit. When i install both of these how do i make them use the SWAP from Fedora??? thanks.
 
Old 04-01-2006, 02:25 PM   #15
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ok now i am lost and confused. I figured out the swap part just fine. So i went ahead and tried to install SUSE with no boot loader. After you finish with CD1 in SUSE it reboots and trys to look for it but since i didn't give it a bootloader it couldn't find it. So i followed the instructions on the link above and when it told me to copy and paste the three files. I fould this in the SUSE mount
[root@FC564 SUSE10]# cd boot/
[root@FC564 boot]# ls
boot symvers-2.6.13-15-x86_64-smp.gz vmlinuz-xen
config-2.6.13-15-smp symvers-2.6.13-15-x86_64-xen.gz xen-3.0_6715-2.gz
config-2.6.13-15-xen System.map-2.6.13-15-smp xen-3.0.gz
grub System.map-2.6.13-15-xen xen-3.gz
initrd vmlinux-2.6.13-15-smp.gz xen.gz
initrd-2.6.13-15-smp vmlinux-2.6.13-15-xen.gz xen-syms
initrd-2.6.13-15-xen vmlinuz xen-syms-3.0_6715-2
initrd-xen vmlinuz-2.6.13-15-smp
message vmlinuz-2.6.13-15-xen
Now i wasn't sure which three to copy.

This is my /etc/fstab/
LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
LABEL=SWAP-sda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy subfs noauto,fs=floppyfss,procuid,nodev,nosuid,sync 0 0
/dev/hdc /media/dvdrecorder subfs noauto,fs=cdfss,ro,procuid,nosuid,nodev,exec,iocharset=utf8 0 0
/dev/sda7 /data2 ext3 defaults 1 1 This is where SUSE is installed
usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0

I have a SATA drive so i wasn't sure what to put for the hd0, 7???
This is my /etc/grub.conf
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
#
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You do not have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
# root (hd0,5)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda6
# initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
#boot=/dev/sda
default=0
timeout=5
splashimage=(hd0,5)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz
hiddenmenu
password --md5 $1$Gs/sl.RZ$tfOZNrRQ.N/f.M7B9bJLC0
title Fedora Core (2.6.16-1.2080_FC5)
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.16-1.2080_FC5 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.16-1.2080_FC5.img
title Windows XP 64BIT
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
title SUSE10.0 64BIT (2.6.13-15) <---These three lines below i put in myself, i know it's all wrong.
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.13-15 root=/dev/sda7 /data2 ro

bottom line i'm stuck and lost.

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