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Old 06-13-2004, 02:49 PM   #1
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Dual Boot Problems Redhat 9, Fedora.........Suse 9 next

I will try to make this short and concise.
I have RedHat9 on my computer and am thinking of migrating to Fedora 2.
However, before I do a complete migration, I want to make my computer dual boot RH9 and Fedora2.
I tried installing Fedora on a few empty partitions. The problem I have now is now I need to use the boot floppies to get into RH9 or Fed2.
I suspect this is related to the boot partitions. Should I use the same boot partition for both RH9 and Fed2? What I have done is renamed the RH9 partition /RHboot and created a new boot partition /boot for Fed2.
(and less important is does anyone have any ideas on making a computer with 3 boot options i.e. I want to add suse?)
Old 06-13-2004, 03:45 PM   #2
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Hi patrickian
There is no problem at all in having same boot parttion. I also did same think here. NOw i have Mandrake 8.2 and RH9 both on my PC sharing same boot partion.
I was using Mandrake 8.2 and i have installed RH9 in empty partion .
I edited /etc/lilo.conf an and also copied the mandarke kernel in /boot
so that both the kernel reside in same boot. I am using lilo as my bootloader so i entered following extra entry in my /etc/lilo.conf

image = /boot/vmlinuz
label = Mandrake
vga = 788
append = " hdc=ide-scsi devfs=mount quiet"
root = /dev/hda11

One more thing i want to tell you that at the top of your lilo.conf the entry should be like
chnage it to
to write it on your MBR so that next time you can boot directly without floppy.

So boot to RH9 add lines like above and make modification in first line in your /etc/lilo.conf. Run lilo.

before making these modification make a bakup of lilo.conf so that if somthing goes wrong u can restore it .

where /dev/hda11 is the root partition for my mandrake linux.
for u it will be Fedor's root and vmlinuz is the my old kernel.
that's it

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Old 06-14-2004, 09:08 AM   #3
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Thanks askjha

Thanks for replying so fast. I think I can figure out what to do from your post. I use grub instead of lilo so there are minor differences that I suspect I will be able to work out. And from you post I gather that there are no problems with putting any number of different linux distributions in the same boot partition?
One thing I forgot to mention was that my comp has 2 harddrives (hda,hdb), but again I doubt that will pose any problems.


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