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I am sure this has been covered here, but I guess my search was not helping me. Let me explain:
I have been trying out a number of distro's, and it seems that debian based ones "take" on my hardware very nicely (Ubuntu excellent, my default), then Mepis (KDE)
I have the following hardware: HP Compaq nw8240 with these partitions:
hda6 MEPIS 3.4.3 (BTW ATI fglx configured out of the box, well done!)
hda7 swap (for both linuxes)
hda8 (Ubuntu 5.10)
This is how it started: WinXp, then installed Ubuntu on hda8. Ubuntu installed GRUB on MBR and was able to dual boot. Now I wanted to try a KDE debian based distro, so I installed Kubuntu, which recognized both winxp and Ubuntu on hda8 and set grub on mbr to triple boot. But, I did not like the look and feel of KDE in kubuntu (seems flacky and not polished like its sister Ubuntu). MEPIS (Ihave used this distro for a while, and I fell the workmanship is classy IMO). So I installed MEPIS on hda6, and by asked me to installed GRUB on MBR which I did.
Now I am unable to "see" Ubuntu in the GRUB menu at boot time. Is it possible to add a item in GRUB menu so that MEPIS grub can can give a option to choose Ubuntu.
Simply go look at the grub.conf (may be called menu.lst) in the Ubuntu partition. Copy the relevant bits to your Mepis equivalent.
This problem can be avoided by installing later distros bootloaders to a partition, which will leave your current setup alone, and you can merge the config files at your leisure.
I appreciate this. I am concerned that there is no boot instructions on the boot partition of Ubuntu.
Here is my Grub menu list from Ubuntu:
title Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.12-10-386
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12-10-386 root=/dev/hda8 ro quiet splash
title Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.12-10-386 (recovery mode)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12-10-386 root=/dev/hda8 ro single
title Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.12-9-386
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12-9-386 root=/dev/hda8 ro quiet splash
title Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.12-9-386 (recovery mode)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12-9-386 root=/dev/hda8 ro single
title Ubuntu, memtest86+
### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
title Other operating systems:
# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/hda1
title Microsoft Windows XP Professional
And here is my grub menu list from MEPIS /boot/grub:
color cyan/blue white/blue
title MEPIS at hda6, kernel 2.6.15-1-586tsc
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-1-586tsc root=/dev/hda6 nomce quiet vga=791
title Windows at hda1
Could you show me what exactly to cut and paste where?
Again, this is very much appreciated. I do not want to make a mistake.
As I suspected, adding those 2 stanza to the MEPIS grub menu, did not work. What happens is this: MEPIS grub menu has the new entries of Ubuntu; so I choose Ubuntu, this now enters another GRUB menu (same on as the above), and loops infinitely when Ubuntu is selected. When I choose MEPIS (first entry), it boots into MEPIS.