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Old 05-13-2006, 10:44 AM   #1
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WinXP plus 2 Linux OS's on same drive??


Kind of new to this and need some advice before I do something dumb! Have partitioned a 40GB hard drive with 4 partitions -- 1 NFTS, 2 Reiser, and 1 swap. Have WinXP installed on the NFTS and Xandros installed on one Reiser partition. I have the dual boot working when I turn on my computer to choose between WinXP and Xandros. My qustion is I want to experiment with other Linux OS's and would like to install different ones on the second Reiser partition. And I would like to have the option to choose any of the three OS's when booting. If I install say Suse10, do I also install the bootloader associated with it or do I leave the bootloader already there?? And with the bootloader already installed and working with WinXP and Xandros will it "see" the third OS I installed and add it to the list of choices?? THanks for any advice!!

Brian S.
 
Old 05-13-2006, 01:08 PM   #2
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If you install SUSE you'll surely get SUSE listed in boot menu, and probably both existing systems. If not - read manual to find out how to correct it. If it won't help - ask detailed question about exact loader.
By the way, learn to install Xandros bootloader, so that if you make a mistake you can oot any linux cd, go to a console, mount partition, chroot to it and fix everything (was a discovery for me some years ago).
 
Old 05-13-2006, 01:45 PM   #3
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I'm assuming that you installed something like GRUB when you installed Xandros.
When installing SUSE, do not install a boot loader. From Xandros (or a live CD), go into the Xandros /boot/grub directory---you should find a file named "menu.lst" Edit this to add the SUSE-specific info.

Let us know for sure what boot-loader you have, and we can be more specific. (Also maybe post the contents of menu.lst---or the equivalent
 
Old 05-13-2006, 02:14 PM   #4
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Not sure which bootloader was installed with my Xandros distro, but I believe it's the LILO. The startup splash screen has the Xandros logo on it!
 
Old 05-13-2006, 05:06 PM   #5
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Boot up Xandros, open a terminal, and cd to /boot. Somewhere there should be a configuration file for lilo--perhaps in a folder called lilo. If you can find it, post the contents.
 
  


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