Hello, I'm new to the forum and linux in general.
I have an old desktop I'm tinkering with, 256 MB of RAM but 110GB of harddrive space. I'm planning to put half a dozen different linux distributions on it to test things out and learn a bit.
I'm hoping to actually put the kernels of these distributions in a GRUB partition - "just for fun" as the man says.
I'm having two troubles, with GRUB I guess, at the moment.
First of all, I'm using GRUB 0.97 which I actually kind of like, but if this is the cause of my problems I can try to install a newer version.
My single hard-drive is currently set up as follows:
sda1 - flagged as boot - 100 MB - labeled GRUB - ext2fs
(GRUB is installed and is running from this partition.)
sda3 - swap - 1200 MB
sda2 - extended
sda5 - 15GB - ext4 - Puppy Linux 5.2 installed (produces GRUB error 13)
sda6 - 15GB - ext4 - Crunchbang 10 installed (produces GRUB error 15)
sda7 - 15GB - ext2 - empty
sda8 - 15GB - reiserfs - Knoppix, the first I installed, and the only working OS at the moment.
My menu.lst file is:
color cyan/blue white/blue
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda8 rootwait ... etc.
kernel /vmlinuz pmedia=atahd
I've never been able to boot into puppy since I installed it. It is returning the "Unsupported or invalid executable file" error.
However, at one point I had puppy installed (on sda3, under a different partition arrangement) by itself. It was working well, but I had accidentally overwritten the MBR and could not longer boot Bodhi. So I reformatted everything with this new setup that made more sense to me and started over. Puppy's version of gparted was giving me trouble, so I used my Knoppix disk, and then I thought wth, just install Knoppix.
I gave up on trying to fix puppy and just now installed Crunchbang, but then I got error 15, that it can't find the kernel. I stole the lines in my menu.lst file from Crunchbang's own file, grub.cfg. (It insisted on installing grub and wouldn't let me go on without it, so I installed it to itself, so it wouldn't overwrite my GRUB partition.)
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I'm fairly new to Linux so I could be making complete beginner mistakes. But this is certain to teach me a bit about it, and I can play with my old desktop as much as I like.
(I'm using Mandriva 2010 on my laptop, and lovin' it.)