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Old 06-25-2003, 09:37 PM   #1
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Dual boot Mandrake9.1 RedHat9


Hi all

I'm fairly new to Linux (1-2 months) and I'm trying to dual boot Red Hat 9 and Mandrake 9.1 on the same hard drive - I'm having problems. I've installed Red Hat 9 first with a boot,root and swap partition and put grub in the mbr - then I installed Mandrake 9.1 in the free space on the same drive - again I created a boot,root and swap partition and put "Mandrakes" Lilo in the mbr - so basically I've just got Lilo in the mbr at this point - when I come to boot up the Lilo menu only shows entries for Mandrakes options and doesn't contain a Red Hat option aswell - so I've then gone into Mandrakes Lilo.conf and added an entry to make Lilo point to Red Hats Kernel image, Red Hats root partition and Red Hat init file - this is were the problems start though - I've then /sbin/lilo to make sure the new Red Hat entry goes into the Lilo menu for when I next boot up, which it does - the problem is that when I next boot up and click on the Red Hat entry I get a series of error messages including things like mount: error 6 and kernel panic etc etc - I suspect its due to Lilo not being able to mount Red Hats root partition and maybre not pointing right to the Red Hat kernel and init file - I'm pretty sure I have completely misunderstood something but the only way I could point to the Red Hat kernel and init file and root partition ""succesfully""???? was by mounting the Red Hat boot and root partitions in Mandrake in a dummy directory that I created - what I don,t understand is - how is Red Hats kernel meant to find ReD Hats root partition etc when its Mandrake which mounts Red Hats boot/root partitions so Lilo can point to the right Red Hat files - I'm confused here and have completly misunderstood something - but can anybody explain how it works and also how to sort it out.

Appreciate any advice

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Old 06-25-2003, 11:57 PM   #2
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use the same boot loader for each (expert mode during install). skip the bootloader w redhat (win98se boot disk fdisk /mbr to remove boot loader from mbr), and use the bootloader w/ mandrake, and specify the partitions that you want to boot up, and /dev/hda1 for the mbr. if on controller card, then point mbr to that hdd's first partition (provided it's the only hdd- just put bootloader to hdd that is the lower letter- ex two hdd's one is /dev/hde, other is /dev/hda, then hda is where the mbr is, and point the boot loader to it- make a boot floppy, so that you can boot into the os, and rework the boot process if necessary). so remove boot loader from mbr, then use mandrake to set a bootloader to the mbr, specifying both kernel partition mount points.

now, i haven't performed this, but from what you describe, the 2 different boot loaders is wrong- you'll use just one bootloader for all your os's (windows as well).

the other thing that might be wrong is having 2 swap files. i think that only one is needed for all the linux os's- though i'm not 100% certain. i haven't tried this yet, but i certainly would like to have a couple of distros to choose from.

linux will not boot correctly from extended partitions (or so they say). if you are setting up the /boot partition past the 8gig mark (1024 cylinder), then you might have to force lba during set up of mount points.

give the fdisk /mbr routine a try though, and use one boot loader, and point to the correct partitions, and point bootloader to mbr of /dev/hda1. good luck!


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Old 06-26-2003, 02:10 PM   #3
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bump for critique, and further insight from the more experienced!

is it possible to just create 1 swap file (extended, at end of hdd), and have 4 primary / (root) partitions, w/o /boot mnt pt, and load 4 distros successfully (make a floppy boot disk to each, but only place the bootloader to the mbr at the 4th partition/ linux os install, adding a boot option for each / mnt pt?)?

Last edited by len; 06-26-2003 at 02:17 PM.
 
Old 06-26-2003, 02:47 PM   #4
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Well Hi :-)
ähm, i do try since a couple of days to make four Distris to boote from one hda (SuSE 8.0 SuSE8.1 Mandrake 9.1 Knoppix 3.1) of course everyone is overriding the existing mbr but even if i try to put the boot information during installation on e.g. /dev/hda3 (SuSE8.0) SuSE 8.1 wouldn´t recognize (in YaST2 the Bootloader can look for another installed os and i thought at this point it should find the boot information from SuSE8.0 on /dev/hda3 but it doesn´t. So what am i doing wrong? I f i search for vmlinuz or initrd on / i don´t find??? so i even can´t tell the system manually. I´d be really glad for anyone helping me.

Odan
 
Old 06-27-2003, 01:21 PM   #5
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Hi guys - thanks for the replies - I'm thinking of trying to put the Red Hat 9 kernel image vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 and its initialisation file initrd-2.4.20-8.img into Mandrakes boot partition because Iknow lilo can succesfully access Mandrakes boot partition in my setup -I'd like to try and get this idea nailed because I want to try out lots of different distros over the coming year - I'm probably going to have to post my Lilo.conf and fstab files at some point hopefully somebody will be able to spot my errors straight away or something.

Cheers again - skyline
 
  


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