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Old 05-10-2005, 08:57 AM   #1
rgbrock1
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OSL2000 and Grub


Hi all.

I recently installed MEPIS 3.3.1 test02 on my dual-boot, dual-drive PC. I used OSL2000 (osloader.com) as my
boot manager.
After MEPIS installed successfully it asked me where to put GRUB. I designated / (root) as the area. The installer claimed it was successfully installed.

Now, when I boot to MEPIS from the OSLOADER screen I see the initial GRUB splash screen where you can choose which kernel to load, etc. When I choose any version I am then brought to yet another GRUB screen where, yet again, I am prompted to enter the kernel to boot. When I select one, nothing happens.
Thus, I am unable to boot MEPIS. (Booting Windoze works fine from OSLOADER)

Here is my grub config file. (grub.conf exists in /boot/grub

title MEPIS at hdb1, kernel 2.6.10
kernel (hd1,0)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.10 root=/dev/hdb1 nomce quiet splash=verbose apm=power_off nacpi
initrd (hd1,0)/boot/initrd.splash

title MEPIS at hdb1, kernel 2.4.29
kernel (hd1,0)/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.29 root=/dev/hdb1 nomce quiet splash=verbose apm=power_off nacpi
initrd (hd1,0)/boot/initrd.splash

title Windows at hda1
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

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hdb1 is my secondary drive. hda1 is the primary - Windoze - drive.

what is wrong with my grub.conf, if anything?

Thanks in advance.

Richard
 
Old 05-11-2005, 06:58 AM   #2
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Try settling with grub?

Personally, I'd just use grub as default...rewrite a new mbr using the windows recovery console (which would get rid of OSL2000, I believe) and then try the install of mepis again, this time letting grub do its thing without interference from the other boot loader. This of course assumes that 'fixmbr' would get rid of osl2000 and I know nothing about that boot loader so judge accordingly.

In any case, why do you need two of them anyway?
 
Old 05-11-2005, 08:34 AM   #3
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Actually, OSloader has it's own uninstall function which works just fine. (It restores the original Windoze MBR during the uninstall.)

If I were to use just GRUB, and being that I have two hard drives (hda1, hdb1) where should I put grub - in the MBR of hda1 or hdb1?????

Thanks for the reply.
 
Old 05-11-2005, 01:39 PM   #4
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I think that most distros will detect a secondary os and the default options that they give for the boot loader will work in most cases. I also believe that it installs to 'hda1', but I'm not 100% sure...more like 86% . But look at it this way...if the boot loader fails again you'll be no better off then you are now...see what the distro gives as a default when you choose grub and use that if possible.

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