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Old 12-12-2004, 04:38 AM   #1
iain.ross
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SuSE 9.2 Pro / Fedora Core 3 Dual boot


Some probably dumb questions comming up....

I have a system with SuSE 9.2 Pro installed. hda1 is swap hda2 is SuSE / I have 20Gb of unallocated space which I wish to install FC3 into.

1. Can SuSE share its Swap drive (hda1) with FC3?

2. If so, how do I get GRUB to recognise both installations?

Last time I tried to do this, FC3's GRUB did not add SuSE to the list automatically so I could not boot into SuSE. I tried to reinstall SuSE's GRUB by doing a manual insallation from the DVD and selecting boot installed system. I then ran yast as root from the command line, reconfigured the SuSE GRUB, but this didn't override the FC3 Grub. I guess they are in different locations. For both SuSE and FC3 I let them choose their default locations.

Basically meant I couldn't boot SuSE. I couldnt' find a Bootloader config tool like the one YAST has in FC3 to reconfigure the bootloader.

I had no alternative but to image the drive back to how it was before I tried to install FC3.

errr help!
 
Old 12-12-2004, 06:06 AM   #2
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1: Yes, you'll be able to choose the swap partition during FC3 installation

2: Most of the distros won't make any effort detecting other Linux distros, you have to configure the bootloader yourself, fortunately this is quite easy.

Install FC3 into your unallocated space again, pay attention when it asks you where you want to install the bootloader. Make sure you install it to the Partition Bootsector, not the MBR(Master Boot Record).
I assume you only create a / partition on the remaining space for FC3 and nother else.

After installation finished and you reboot, you should still see SuSE's GRUB bootloader and you won't be able to boot FC3, that is ok, load SuSe.

Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add the following:
Code:
title Fedora Core 3
root (hd0,2) 
chainloader +1
Reboot and you should see FC3 in your bootmenu, when you select it you'll see FC3's grub bootloader menu.

Besides the above method you can also directly add FC3's kernel in your SuSE's GRUB config file, therefore you don't have to go through GRUB twice.
Basically just copy the entries from FC3's grub config and add (hd0,2) in front of it, so it should look some like
Code:
title Fedora Core 3 2.6.8-whatever
kernel (hd0,2)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.8-whatever parameters
initrd (hd0,2)/boot/initrd-2.6.8-whatever

Last edited by Demonbane; 12-12-2004 at 06:11 AM.
 
Old 12-12-2004, 11:40 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot for your help....

I copied the bits from FC3's conf file into my SuSE one. Dual booting a treat now. They are sharing the /swap partition. FC3 is a bit harder to configure than SuSE IMO.

Cheers
 
  


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