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Old 09-09-2003, 08:45 AM   #1
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Can I dual boot both Mandrake and RedHat?


I am not sure of which one is best for me, and I am wondering if I can install both Mandrake and RedHat on my computer so I can try both without keep installing this one and overwrttting the other. Is it a possible option?
 
Old 09-09-2003, 08:53 AM   #2
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yes, not a problem at all. what state are you in at the moment? if you're planning to install a second distro into current available space then when you install you should be able to add the boot options during configure. I'd recommend using Grub as a bootlaoder for this kind of setup, rather than lilo, as it's scales better for what you will want to do.
 
Old 09-09-2003, 09:04 AM   #3
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Thanks Chris.

I am just in the planning stage. Do you mean I should install one distro without setting up bootloader and then the second with a bootloader?
 
Old 09-09-2003, 09:07 AM   #4
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You could make a very small partition and install xosl on it - www.xosl.org
It can boot multiple OSs and versions of Linux. Then, during each Linux install, install your bootloader to the root or boot Linux partition and not the drive's mbr - very neat.
 
Old 09-09-2003, 09:15 AM   #5
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nah, you don't XOSL, no way....

I'd just say install one as normal, prefereably using Grub. Now Grub can look a little confusing, but I promise it will make multiple distros easier to boot.
 
Old 09-09-2003, 09:21 AM   #6
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Chris,
Do you mean I should set up the second one with a bootloader in Grub?
 
Old 09-09-2003, 09:36 AM   #7
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basically as long as you install a bootloader on one then you can easily configure it too boot to the other one in a matter of seconds, that is, if it's not done automatically for you. You will have different pitcures on the startup screen depending on which one you want though, so that's about the only reason to choose. a particular one.
 
Old 09-09-2003, 10:27 AM   #8
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I use ranish to manage partitions, that way I can try many OS and don't have much problems. However, there are many things that user should take care:

1. ranish use MBR, you have to make sure that those OS mess with it. Only install those dual-boot/lilo/grub things in first boot sector.

2. MBR only has 4 records, you can still have >4 partitions if you give ranish a boot partition. If you want to boot from >4th that partition would switch with the 1st partition. that part would become hda1

3. before the installation of os, manage the paritition in correct orders.

4. write down the format/size/sectors config...etc in case some program mess with it.

5. I think hda2 or hda3 is the best for linux swap, hda4 is good as FAT32 for cross-plataform file transfer.

6. read manual
 
Old 09-09-2003, 10:28 AM   #9
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will this work with mandrake and gentoo i also got a live knoppix cd will grub handel all this?

ahhh i love huge hard drives
 
Old 09-10-2003, 07:55 AM   #10
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I tried by doing the following:

1. Installing Mandrake with grub, which graphics I prefer to see, as its bootloader.

2. Installing Redhat without bootloader.

Redhat does not seem to bootup!

What did I do wrong? What is that MBR thing?
 
Old 09-10-2003, 08:10 AM   #11
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well you didn't install a bootloader, so the original mandarke one is still there, and has not been told anything about redhat... so you just need to add in an entry into mandrakes /boot/grub/grub.conf file
 
Old 09-10-2003, 09:12 AM   #12
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In fact, I did add an entry. The redhat just get stuck in the bootup process.....(the system halted... waiting to do something for long long time.)


I found that the only time it works is when I boot into redhat using a floppy. However, I would like to know if it is possible to boot into redhat without a floppy.
 
Old 09-10-2003, 12:51 PM   #13
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what nothing about shareing the swap partition??? come'on ...
 
Old 09-10-2003, 06:41 PM   #14
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I recently installed both RedHat and Mandrake on the same computer, one on each hard drive. I am not able to make it dual boot. I am new at this and would really appreciate some help on this issue. I carefully installed Mandrake on the primary and RedHat on the secondary drive, but only Mandrake boots.

Previously I had XP on one drive and Mandrake on the other. Mandrake would allow me to dual boot when I had the XP on the other drive.

So, how do I get Mandrake to let me have the option of booting up the RedHat drive?
 
Old 09-10-2003, 06:52 PM   #15
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I recently installed both RedHat and Mandrake on the same computer, one on each hard drive. I am not able to make it dual boot. I am new at this and would really appreciate some help on this issue. I carefully installed Mandrake on the primary and RedHat on the secondary drive, but only Mandrake boots.

Previously I had XP on one drive and Mandrake on the other. Mandrake would allow me to dual boot when I had the XP on the other drive.

So, how do I get Mandrake to let me have the option of booting up the RedHat drive?
 
  


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