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Old 02-22-2004, 09:01 AM   #1
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Boot loader question - keep the same one?

Tried searching but wasn't finding anything so i figured i would just ask.

Recently i had a major screw up with my computer. Had to fiddle around with the MBR and wipe it and reinstall windows.

I think it might have had something to do with installing several distros over one another by just deleting the existing linux partitions

anyway, is there a boot loader that i can install into the mbr that scans for bootable partitions on loading? does grub do this? or something else.

basically i want to install a boot loader into the mbr that will auto detect my OS's and then when i switch or install other distros, i don't install a bootloader, the one i have in the mbr will see the new os and add it and allow me to boot it.

Even if it weren't auto, i want to get something in there that can stay there even when i deleted linux or windows or whatever and i could configure it myself. Just don't want to keep installing boot loaders in the mbr everytime i try a new distro which is often because i havent found the one that i like the best yet.

Is this possible? Does that make any sense?
Old 02-22-2004, 09:14 AM   #2
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I am restling with the same thing, but I think what your asking is not possible because of the various OS (operating systems) and because they are always changing.
So what your really after is how you can continually make changes with the least effort.
I think the best way to accomplish what you what is to download GRUB (or any other muiti-boot program) from there web site and get to know it.

Last edited by sjia; 02-22-2004 at 09:17 AM.


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