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Old 01-30-2004, 06:30 PM   #1
simpletoker
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is it possible to have Multiple Linux Installationson one computer??


i've been playing around with installing multiple distributions of linux on my computer for comparison purposes. i can install both fedora core 1 and suse 9 with out a problem, and both will work fine once the installation is done with that particular distro, but it wont ever let me boot into the second distro. I'm am able to repair/reinstall the os's and each time i do they boot fine but then i cant switch back to the other one. I'm sure there has to be a way. i mean if some one would want to be able to boot multiple versions of windows then I'm certain there is so one with enough since to want to boot multiple versions of linux please help I'm at a loss.

so far i have tried going in to the boot loader option in the graphical mode and set it to recognize the other partitions as a boot option. in suse when i do this it asks me for some specific commands for the root=, kernel=, & i cant remember the third at this time. when setting it up for fedora i just installed it again and told the default boot loader to add the suse partition in as boot-able. it didn't ask for any specifics and just like suse's boot loader it showed the other partition as an option. how ever once one of the distros is boot-able and working fine the other wont work. every time i choose one that isn't currently working it gives me an error and the only option is to reboot.

any one got any ideas as to what i can/should try next?
 
Old 01-30-2004, 06:35 PM   #2
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Are you using LILO or GRUB for booting (if you know)? It's quite possible to boot multiple installations. Post your lilo.conf or grub.conf (should be in /etc/) and maybe we can figure out what's wrong.
 
Old 01-30-2004, 06:55 PM   #3
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I boot Mandrake, Slackware and Windows XP. I use the /etc/lilo.conf in Mandrake and have Slackware mounted at /mnt/sk. Here is my /etc/lilo.conf from Mandrake. I do not have an /etc/lilo.conf in Slackware.

boot=/dev/hda
map=/boot/map
vga=normal
default="Slackware"
keytable=/boot/uk.klt
prompt
nowarn
timeout=100
message=/boot/message
menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="Mandrake"
root=/dev/hda6
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=mount acpi=off"
read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="Failsafe"
root=/dev/hda6
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="failsafe devfs=nomount acpi=off"
read-only
other=/dev/hda1
label="Windows"
table=/dev/hda
other=/dev/fd0
label="Floppy"
unsafe
image=/mnt/sk/boot/vmlinuz
label="Slackware"
root=/dev/hda9
append="acpi=off"
vga=normal
read-only

I am not an expert so can probably not safely convert this to what you need, but perhaps someone else can. I made a boot floppy when I installed Slackware, so that if the Lilo thing went haywire I could boot from that.

Last edited by JohnKFT; 01-30-2004 at 06:57 PM.
 
  


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