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Old 03-15-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Installation info regarding boot loader

I've tried out Mageia2 on a live CD and liked it a lot. I decided to install it on a machine which already has Windows, Ubuntu, Debian and two different Mint.
I also had a spare partition to install Mageia on. When I reached the boot loader part of the installation I got a bit 'scared' as it wasn't quite clear (to me) what was the best option to do.
At the moment the boot loader is 'controlled by' Mint14 and I'd like to keep it that way.
After some checks on the net I came across some info that the Mageia may not be recognized, or worse, that if I DID install the Mageia boot loader, my other OSs may not be recognised.
What's the route to go? And what should I choose not to risk any of the other OSs to become 'invisible'?
This is of course not only about Mageia but in general, when installing, say, a 3rd or 4th OS, what to think of to be able to keep GRUB2 intact (whatever OS it originates from).

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When you get the option of where to install the bootloader with mageia, select whichever partition on which you have installed the mageia filesystem. After doing that and finishing the install, you should reboot to your Mint install with which you boot and run: sudo update-grub and then should see an entry for mageia in the Grub boot menu.

I think Mageia (the latest version anyway) uses Grub2 also and if you accidentally installed its bootloader to the mbr, it should detect the other filesystem - it should but I don't know that it will, I've never used Mageia. If you have the Mint installation CD/DVD, it would be pretty easy to repair the bootloader to get the Mint Grub back in the mbr.

The general rule then, if you have a bootloader on a system installed and want to keep that, just install the bootloader for new systems to the partition on which you are installing the new system.
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Yes that is exactly what happened. I was a bit worried there for a couple of minutes that I had picked the wrong option but running 'update' in Mint sorted it all out!


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