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Old 12-13-2006, 12:54 AM   #1
BiPolarPenguin
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Question Setting up Dual Boot between Mandriva n Mepis


My question is simply this.

I'm lookin to Dual Boot Mandriva One 2007 with Mepis 6.0.

I know Mandriva's default boot loader is Lilo with Grub being an Option.

But if I do an Upgrade to Mandriva and have it install on Grub instead of Lilo, And then install Mepis having it install on the Grub will they play well together?

Should I let them both install on the same sector of the Grub?

Or what type of cmd line do I need to and to the Grub folder?

And if I use Mandriva as my default OS, {Prefered} is that the Grub folder I alter?

I know I said my question was simply this... But...

I never said how many questions...

Any suggestions I'd be most Grateful....
 
Old 12-13-2006, 01:49 AM   #2
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There are a couple ways you can do this.

IMO, the easiest and cleanest way is to run GRUB from which ever distro you want and configure its menu list to inlcude both systems. I am not familiar with either Mandriva or Mepis, but some distros are friendly enough that when you install them, they will detect the other system and automatically set up the dual boot for you -- or at least give you the option to do that.

The other way is to install one of the boot loaders on that distro's partition instead of to the MBR, and have the other system chain load to it. But I don't recommend it.
 
Old 12-18-2006, 02:55 AM   #3
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There are a couple ways you can do this.

IMO, the easiest and cleanest way is to run GRUB from which ever distro you want and configure its menu list to inlcude both systems. I am not familiar with either Mandriva or Mepis, but some distros are friendly enough that when you install them, they will detect the other system and automatically set up the dual boot for you -- or at least give you the option to do that.

The other way is to install one of the boot loaders on that distro's partition instead of to the MBR, and have the other system chain load to it. But I don't recommend it.
Thanks for your Response, and I'm sorry it took me so long to reply but here's what happened...

I finally found away to install the Grub's of Mepis & Mandriva.
It was simple really.

I had Mandriva use the Grub Loader instead of it's default Lilo.
After installing Mepis on the other Partition of my HD.

I went into the root of Mepis accessed it's files /boot/grub/menulst.
Then did the same with Mandriva, Copied Mandriva's Grub into Mepis's, and that got my Dual Boot Working.

But with one HITCH, it knocked out the sound in Mandriva.
Couldn't get it fixed so I tried it the other way around.
But this time it knocked out the sound in Mepis instead.

The only thing here I can figure is the two different Desktops KDE & Gnome. Just wouldn't Jive with one another.

So I Scraped Mepis and installed Ubuntu's 32bit System.
Dual Booted on the same HD as my 64bit Mandriva OS.

Since for some reason or the other Ubuntu didn't pickup on my other OS.
I duplicated the Copy and Paste of the first try.
Crossed my fingers and GUESS WHAT???

It actually worked.
Both OS have sound as well as the other advantage of this setup is now I can run the 32bit app's I love so much, that I couldn't running my 64bit OS's.

This little experiment also answered my other question to as to if you could Dual Boot a 64bit OS with a 32bit OS.

The only reason I can figure that this 2nd Dual Boot setup works and the other one didn't is instead of KDE and Gnome Desktops being booted together.
I now have Gnome with Gnome... Go Figure...

In any event Thanks So MUCH for all of your Help...
 
Old 12-18-2006, 05:22 AM   #4
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But with one HITCH, it knocked out the sound in Mandriva.
Couldn't get it fixed so I tried it the other way around.
But this time it knocked out the sound in Mepis instead.
This sounds like something out of The Twilight Zone. I can't think of any reason why bootloaders should effect sound in any way. If somebody has an explanation, I am all ears!

Anyway, I am glad you got it working.
 
  


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