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Old 09-01-2004, 09:06 AM   #1
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Thumbs up multi-boot --- win98SE + winXP + win2003 + Red Hat 9 +FreeBSD 5.2.1 + more distro's


this is a continuation of the forum started in the ff. link:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...17#post1147817

I managed to run win98se, windows XP, windows 2003 and FreeBSD in one pc...i need to run my RH9 distro with the os's mentione and i need help...i'm a complete newbie..started using Linux(full blast) a month ago and learned a lot especially in forums where i regularly lurk...for the BSD part, just started using it last week and really liked it...i believe it's much faster then linux(no offense, guys!!!) especially in booting time...

please visit the forum where it all started...i learned a lot but i still heavily depend on my win os' since i used my win boot loader(never thought it'd be possible but it was )...i still need help especially now that i want to start toying with GRUB(i did toy with it b4 and managed to run all the 3 win os' mentioned above and my 2 linux distro's)...

any help would greatly be appreciated, valued, cherished and passed on to those who badly need it(like me)...
 
Old 09-01-2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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Have you _redone_ what I mentioned?
grub-install /dev/hda3
configure your /boot/grub/menu.lst
cd /
dd if=/dev/hda3 of=bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1
and then add the bootsect.lnx to c:\
and add to boot.ini
 
Old 09-01-2004, 10:48 PM   #3
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yes and the feeling was soooooooooo good i would've danced(i don;t know how to, though... )...u were right all along...i should've installed Grub in /dev/hda3 and the did the dd thing...sheez, it was so relaxing to, at least, finish something...

i do have another problem...so everything worked(using win os' boot loader) and so i installed my other linux distro(LormaLinux 5) and installed it in /dev/hda9(i separated my /boot, / and swap--just as u said) but this distro doesn't come with a'make boot diskette' option at the end of the installation so i booted again using my distro's cd...at the 'boot' prompt i typed linux rescue and then followed the directions until i ended up in a bash prompt...uhmmm, i did the dd thing and it was successful but i can't mount my floppy...i downloaded a how-to from www.tldp.org but it seems that the manual makes a directory - /mnt/floppy then chmod it aterwards modification of /etc/fstab(i still don't know how to modify the fcstab using bash, sheez, i don't even know how to display text files--a la 'type' command in DOS---i used 'grep' instead)...is their another way to mount my floppy other than modifying the /etc/fstab using bash, of course? And uhmmm, this was also my problem in my BSD...i can't seem to mount my floppy...i still have not read(in whole) the FreeBSD Handbook...i might be reading it l8r...

thanx again 4 the help...i wouldn't be here without u, master *worship, worship, worship*...

oh, btw, i tried grub-install '(fd0)' but bash sez it can't find grub...hmmm, i wonder why...
 
Old 09-02-2004, 05:43 AM   #4
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For the floppy you can try one of two things, or try them together.
1) Add "user" to the fstab, floppy entry.
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto rw,noauto,user,sync 0 0
2) Change the setuid of /sbin/mount and /sbin/umount to allow you to use mount. Not really the best way, but would work for you.
as root chmod a+s /sbin/mount
3) Probably need to give yourself rights to the /dev/fd0

Type;
whereis grub-install

Looks like you're up and running. Linux distros are different and have their own secrets. Don't know anything about the Linux you're using. Sounds like you need another forum.
 
Old 09-02-2004, 11:27 AM   #5
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whew...countless quality hours spent toying with my distro's and finally i get results..i feel so elated knowing that i finally did it...thanx a lot master -x- *worship, worship, worship* ...

hehehehe, i finally nailed it...my pc's working so fine now with all my os's booting using win os's boot loader...just installed LormaLinux 5 and added it to boot.ini and it was running(did all the directions u gave me--- d@mn, it really worx!)...i made a directory in c:\ named boot with 3 more directories (LL5, RH9 and FreeBSD and copied the bootsects in each directory, then i modified boot.ini pointing to each bootsect file)...
now that it's finished, i'm having another prob with GRUB(my next challenge)...i just can't seem to boot LormaLinux and FreeBSD...FreeBSD is still in /dev/hda2 and LormaLinux 5 is now in /dev/hda9...i added the ff in RH9's menu.lst
Code:
title LormaLinux 5 (2.6.7-1.437)
       root(hd0,8)
       kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.7-1.437 ro root=LABEL=/1 rhgb quiet
       initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.7-1.437.img
(i separated /boot from / in my first installation then when i reinstalled LL5 i just joined /boot and /, i made a swap though)...i copied it exactly as i've seen it in LormaLinux 5's menu.lst...the problem is RH9's GRUB can't seem to find the file(error 15: file not found---something like that)...i changed the splash image of RH9's grub pointing to (hd0,8) and the splash image for RH9's grub did change, so i know that LL5's vmlinuz is in (hd0,8)...i really am clueless on why it can't boot my other distro...i experimented with this b4 and managed to run both distro's but, now, the same problem is haunting me...also, for FreeBSD, as i never changed it still won't run when i added
Code:
title FreeBSD 5.2.1
       root(hd0,1,a)
       kernel /boot/loader
in RH9's menu.lst...the same problem arises(error 15: file not found)...gosh, i badly need to boot all my distro's so i can move on and experiment with LILO(when i get my Slackware 10 CD , , just wanna learn the booting stuff first so i can start learning how to administer my distro's)...help please...
 
Old 09-02-2004, 12:54 PM   #6
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Thought you wanted to boot from the Windows boot loader, which you can now?

Anyway, you can use the the grub> prompt to locate the FreeBSD loader. Look at the menu on the grub boot selection screen. This is the complete grub manual. No sense me reading it to you.
http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/

Your head is going to blow up working with all those different OSs.

Have fun....

Last edited by -X-; 09-02-2004 at 06:02 PM.
 
Old 09-02-2004, 09:14 PM   #7
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yup...i did want 2 boot all my os's using win os's boot loader and i did do it(thanx 4 ur help, i wouldn't have done it woithout ur help *worship, worship, worship*) but now i want to boot from GRUB(more like a recursive booting...when i boot RH9 or my other distro i can select from another list of all os's installed and when i select windows from that list i go back to windows's boot loader where it all started...hehehe, kinda' havin' fun doin' it...)

oh, about the thread thing...i kinda' want to stay in this forum since i'll be asking more BSD questions once i finish my boot problems(LILO is still left in my list)...but i do like to create a thread in the Linux forums then point it here(i learned a lot from the previous thread and i thought it might help other newbies like me...oh, btw, is this allowed?)

uhmmm, about the manual...just downloaded it and i'll be reading it intensively...i might be asking questions l8r with some topics that i find hard 2 understand...really need ur guidance and help...

about the head blowing up...hehehehe, my mind's kinda focused right now (unlike b4 wherein i don't know where to start) so i kinda' like the experimenting and the experience that i am gaining...it kinda' boosts my depleted confidence, too, u know(it's very therapeutic both mentally and emotionally)...

c ya'
 
  


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