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Old 09-16-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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dual os install

Got message 'unrecognized device string" when tried to boot a second os on same set of partitions.
Had: title VectorLinux 7.0 booting via symlink
root (hd0, 13)
kernel /vmlinuz root=/div/sda14 ro quiet splash
initrd /initrd.img

tried several variations with same message
the partition numbers are correct [is the boot partition].
Any comments welcome
Old 09-16-2013, 07:37 PM   #2
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kernel /vmlinuz root=/div/sda14

should be:

kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda14

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Old 09-17-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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Yes, I simply mistyped my entry here; but was able to get all OSes listed by simply installing an additional OS [UberStudent] which does good job of listing for boot all discovered OSes as it installs [did need to do some file cleanup via fsck -- umount -- mount, but that probably do to such a mishmash in my partitions].
Thanks for the attention. [and anyone wishing to install numerous OSes may simplify things just by installing UberStudent last -- even if have no desire to use it]
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UberStudent is based on Debian or Ubuntu depending on which version you download I recommend trying Debian, which will do exactly what Uberstudent did & find any installation that you
installed. Although you can do it manually by entering command


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