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I recently installed MEPIS 3.3.1 test02 on my dual-boot, dual-drive PC. I used OSL2000 (osloader.com) as my
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
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
title Windows at hda1
hdb1 is my secondary drive. hda1 is the primary - Windoze - drive.
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.
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.