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Originally posted by JSLayton When installing Fedora, it never gave me the option of creating a boot disk as recommended in the tutorial you linked to???? I installed it, now how do I get to it?
My advice was to have Fedora install its Grub to the MBR. If you want Windows' boot loader to handle things, you're on your own (or you can consult the tutorial, which I said was complicated). Which OS currently has control of your MBR? Windows, Slackware, or Fedora?
I am presently booting Win 98, Win XP, Linux Knoppix, Mepis & Xandros on one machine and the same with a second but with Fedora C4 in place of Knoppix without problems using the windows Boot.ini file. All these programs are blisfully unaware of each other and there is no cross interference.
This took quite a while to achieve with the inevitable stuff up. However, once this was done and the dust settled it was quite easy. Actually there is no limit (within reason) to the number if Linux/Windows OS you can boot into.
I have detailed the procedure in a 2 page PDF file 36Kb.
Copy this link into your download manager:
Originally posted by JSLayton But how do I make the boot.ini file if I have already installed all of the OS's?
You don't make a boot.ini file. Windows has it. If Windows is in charge of the MBR, you have to convert Slackware's and Fedora's boot loader files into something called linux.bin that you copy over to Windows and have C:\boot.ini recognize.
If Slackware is in charge of the MBR, you need to add Windows and Fedora entries into the lilo.conf.
If Fedora is in charge of the MBR, you need to add Slackware and Windows entires to the /boot/grub/menu.lst.
First of all, did you follow the directions I gave you earlier? Install Fedora and install Fedora's Grub to the MBR? Secondly, you never mentioned which OS is in charge of the MBR.
XP is in charge of the MBR, but when I installed Slackware, it must have wrote a boot loader onto that partition, not in the MBR. When I installed Fedora, I also had it install a boot loader to that partition, not the MBR. So basically, I have a boot.ini file that has Slackware and XP as options, and if I choose Slackware, it goes to a boot loader again for Slackware, so basically I have to choose Slackware twice. Slackware apparently has a boot loader installed on it's partition and so does Fedora, but I can't access Fedora at all at this point.
Leaving Windows in charge of the MBR just makes things messy.
The best you can do is try to follow the tutorial I linked to before.
If you install Fedora's Grub to the MBR, it most likely will recognize and add both Slackware and Windows to the Grub menu.