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Old 06-12-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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GRUB2 menu

hi everyone,

sorry if this has been asked before, currently i have a multiboot laptop with xp and linux mint, what i did was put the boot file into the same partition as the distro and modified the boot.ini file in xp so i could have the windows bootloader, now i want to install ubuntu 11 as well, but this time i would like GRUB2 as the default boot menu, when i install ubuntu do i let ubuntu install it where it likes and will i be able to access all three operating systems from the GRUB2 menu?

appreciated for all your help

Old 06-12-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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Yes, let Ubuntu install Grub2 where it wants to (the Master Boot Record) and it should detect your other OS's, if it doesn't, then you can manually edit the files in /etc/grub.d to add the other OS's, but my guess is you won't have to do that.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:12 PM   #3
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when i install ubuntu do i let ubuntu install it where it likes
Do you mean to let the Ubuntu installer make the installation partition selections? I would suggest you do custom or advanced installation as you will have more control. Either way, you just need to know before you begin the installation where your Mint and windows installations are, on which partitions so you do not overwrite either.

Grub2 should detect Mint and windows and put an entry in the boot menu for each. If it doesn't you should be able to run update-grub to add entries. Without more specific information on how many drives/partitions and where each OS is it is not possible to give more detailed suggestions.
Old 06-12-2011, 10:44 PM   #4
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thanks for your really speedy responses from both of you, i tried it and it worked fine, i was just worried about losing my mint partition after getting it setup the way i liked.
now i have the grub2 menu with all 3 boot options

thanks again



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