Originally posted by Reljoy
An addition - I removed my USB flash drive and rebooted - Mandrake booted up no problems at all.
Does this mean that I can't use my USB flash disk unless I do something first?
I then went to look at my disk partitions and it seems that the partition that I had put Fedora on has been mucked up - it is no longer registering as "/"
Does this mean that I can only have one partition called "/" ?
If so, how can I have Mandrake and Fedora?
hda1 = /mnt/win_C
hda5 = /mnt/win_d
hda8 = / ext3 (for Mandrake)
hda9 = swap (for Mandrake)
hda10 = /home (for Mandrake)
hda6 = ??? ( it was / for Fedora)
hda7 = swap for Fedora
hdb1 = /mnt/win_c2
If Mandrake cannot detect usb devices at bootup, it sounds like a Mandrake issue.
I believe you will need unique label names for all your partitions. If this is not possible, you might be able to manually edit /etc/fstab to use device names instead of label names. Perhaps a better plan would be to label your "/" partition as "mandrake" for Mandrake and "fedora" for Fedora. You could then reference them in /etc/fstab as:
LABEL=mandrake / ext3 defaults 1 1
-- or --
LABEL=fedora / ext3 defaults 1 1
...depending on if it is Mandrakes /etc/fstab or Fedora's.
Disk labels are created by mke2fs and may be changed using either e2label or tune2fs. You will also have to make corresponding changes in /boot/grub/grub.conf "root=" entry.