I selected the Bodhi Linux distribution for a couple of reasons -- it has a very low hardware requirement -- you can run this distro on a reasonably quick 386 if you wanted -- and its very clean interface. Plus, the Bodhi Linux website carries one of the music production packages I really want to try out -- Rosegarden.
So I installed it and all on its own drive. My copy of Win7 is on another drive and it doesn't even see the Linux one because of the Linux file system being used on its drive.
To try and get a dual boot setup, I first followed the directions here:
Next I tried the Grub2 utility and EasyBCD. At the point where I am right now, the Win7 boot loader has been configured such that it shows both Win7 and Bodhi Linux. But I still can't get it to boot to Linux.
Again to set up the boot loader, I followed the directions given here:
I followed the directions there to the letter, but there was not enough directions because after I'd done everything they said to do, I got this:
("On the Shelf" has been the name of that computer through its various upgrades over the past dozen or so years -- it tends to get the hand-me-downs.) At which point I was at something of a loss because the instructions were missing the above. I tried the selection where I could compare the two versions side by side. The only difference I could find was that I had renamed the original to a shorter name that made sense -- Bodhi Linux. So since that seemed to be the only difference, I decided on the command highlighted above. If you compare the text where it states "the version installed currently has been locally modified" with the highlighted option, I think you might understand why I chose it. My reasoning was that, yes I had made some changes, but I had finished making them so they had become the "local version currently installed" which to me was the same as "the version installed currently had been locally modified." I think that might have been an incorrect assumption on my part, because that selection didn't work. But if this was an incorrect assumption, I can only say, shame on them for using such wording. I am a linguist, with a BA and MA in Linguistics from Cal State Fullerton, and I'm pretty good at parsing the grammar of English sentence structures. Nonetheless, when I tried booting to the Linux drive after making that selection, GRUB gave me that same error message again. Which, after some header info, says:
Welcome to GRUB!
error: unknown filesystem.
Entering rescue mode. . . .
And I hadn't a clue what to do with that prompt, so I just ctl-alt-del'd outa there. And I'm back here in Win7. I'm gonna try loading the Linux partition again and this time select the first option -- see if that makes a difference.