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Old 04-24-2006, 10:00 PM   #1
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Tri-booting with Ubuntu?


Ok, well due to some things I've been wanting to do lately, I have decided that I want to Dual boot Win98 and XP... that shouldn't be a problem at all... I also decided that I want to put Ubuntu back on my computer so I can continue with learning linux.

Win98, XP, and Ubuntu would all be one 1 Hard drive.. have a 80GB(about 76 in reality) and was gonna partition it with 10-15 to Win98, 40 to WinXP, and about 15-20+ to Ubuntu.

Now I've dual booted linux and Windows before, but it was a while back and I used Redhat 5 with lilo or something.

My question is what is the best way i should go about this? I seem to remember that the boot partition for linux has to be within the first part of a HD or something? Its been a while but I remember formatting my whole drive with disk druid or something before ever starting in order to get it to work right.

Would Ubuntu/Kubuntu be able to handle this alone? I don't recall seeing an option to configur lilo or grub boot loaders when installing it last time? Last time I had Fedora Core installed and installed Ubuntu and couldn't access Fedora because it didn't dual boot.
 
Old 04-24-2006, 10:11 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Banyon
1 Hard drive.. have a 80GB(about 76 in reality) and
hi,
i it should be 74.

ok now come to the problem....
first of all install win 98 on one partition. If disk is not formatted then just partitions the drives and format the win 98 one with FAT ( i dont think it supports FAT32)
Then install win XP on another partition and format all drives except the win 98 with FAT 32 file system.

Reason being you won't be able to install win 98 once you have installed win XP or any higher version of win than 98.

Now depending on the size of your RAM, make the swap space and partition for your linux. If you have 512 or more RAM then just leave 200 Mb of space for swap.

Now boot from the cd of linux and install it in its drive and install the bootloader of ubuntu into MBR.
Thats it !!!
Welcome for further queries.

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Old 04-24-2006, 10:16 PM   #3
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Ubuntu uses the GRUB boot loader, and has a section in the installer to set it up. It should detect both Windows 98 and XP, so you can install it to the MBR.

Good Luck
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:27 PM   #4
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Ok, so just do it in order then.. Win98, WinXp, Ubuntu... I seem to remember needing to do some special partitioning last time I dual booted Linux... the /boot partition had to be at the begining of the drive or something, then I had to put windows in the next partition, then the linux swap and ext partition.
 
Old 04-24-2006, 10:44 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Banyon
Ok, so just do it in order then.. Win98, WinXp, Ubuntu... I seem to remember needing to do some special partitioning last time I dual booted Linux... the /boot partition had to be at the begining of the drive or something, then I had to put windows in the next partition, then the linux swap and ext partition.
Not sure but that issues could be older versions of linux.
Today there is no such problem.
Install linux or swap anywhere you want*** but keep in mind of installing the bootloader in MBR.

*** actually not anywhere :d. You should't install linux in the first primary partition of hard drive otherwise windows won't be installed. Even the bootable cd of win won't boot the machine.
so better install linux in the logical drives.

regards
 
Old 04-24-2006, 11:04 PM   #6
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Hey,

Might have a look at my post:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=436960
 
Old 04-26-2006, 09:43 AM   #7
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If you already have linux on your system can you install XP
 
Old 04-26-2006, 01:08 PM   #8
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If you already have linux on your system can you install XP
ya surely you can install XP. But XP would require the first primary partition of hard drive. If linux is installed there then you will have to erase it from there.
Second thing, installing windows after linux will overwrite the entries of MBR and hence you won't be able to see linux. To bring it back you simply have to boot the system using rescue disk or the bootable cd of linux distro (not a big task) and install the bootloader of linux back to MBR.

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