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Old 09-11-2004, 02:15 PM   #1
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Arrow Installing New Distros?


I currently have a box with 2 hard drives. One for Xp and the other one for Redhat9. I will be building a new box pretty soon, so I went to Tigerdirect and bought a new 80GB hard drive. Here is what I want to do. I want to remove the drive where Redhat9 resides, plug in the new drive and install Slackware and Mandrake10 so I can play with until I buy the rest of the parts for my new box. Im using Grub for dual booting between both OS. Are there going to be any problems if I do this? What I mean is, if and when I plug the new Hard drive and install Slackware, will there be any issues with Grub?

will I still be able to boot into Xp?

Is it ok to install Grub for every Distro? or should just simply install it once and then edit the Grub.conf file?

will there be any problems when I plug back in the drive where redhat is ?

Also, I want to create a separate /home partiton to avoid having to do this in the futrure. During installation I know I have to create
/boot(100MB)
/SWAP(2x my Ram)
/(depends on how much I want)
should I create a fourth partition for home??

thanks in advance
 
Old 09-11-2004, 02:54 PM   #2
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Im using Grub for dual booting between both OS. Are there going to be any problems if I do this? What I mean is, if and when I plug the new Hard drive and install Slackware, will there be any issues with Grub?
the grub installed on your current computer is installed to the harddrive, not anyhwere else on the computer. so no.
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will I still be able to boot into Xp?
in the case of the first question, yes, it will still boot when you put the old hard drive back in by itself.
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Is it ok to install Grub for every Distro? or should just simply install it once and then edit the Grub.conf file?
slackware and mandrake come with lilo, so you aren't really gonna have to deal with grub. remember, it resides on the old hard drive only.
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will there be any problems when I plug back in the drive where redhat is ?
same answer as the xp question above.
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Also, I want to create a separate /home partiton to avoid having to do this in the futrure. During installation I know I have to create
/boot(100MB)
/SWAP(2x my Ram)
/(depends on how much I want)
should I create a fourth partition for home??
pretty much the only mandatory partitions are swap and /. if you are using disk quotas or just want to be safe in case a partition is ruined, then yes, go ahead and make a /home and even a /boot if you want. there are really complex schemes invlolving even more partitions but it's not necessary really. just keep in mind there's a limit on primary partitions, so leave space for others by making some logical partitions. you might run into trouble with installing multiple linux oses, with at least 4 partitions for each. creating additional partitions is more a matter of preference unless you're running a server or something.
 
Old 09-11-2004, 06:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for your advise sether. I went ahead and installed FC2 and everything went fine. Im having some minor issues with the sound, Cant find the volume so I can adjust it. I have another questions. I also want to install Slackware in the new hard drive where FC2 now is. You mentioned that Slackware uses Lilo. is there a way that I can install Slackware and have the option during boot to select either Grub or Lilo??

I would like to have the option during boot to select
XP
FC2
SLACK
Since FC2 and Slack dont share the same bootloader, whats the best way to get around this problem. thanks in advance
 
Old 09-11-2004, 06:41 PM   #4
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there's only one bootloader on your system at a time. so choose just one: for example, if you want grub, after installing FC2 just ask slackware not to install a bootloader, because it only has lilo or nothing. then you have to configure grub after you've installed all the OSes so that they can all boot.
 
Old 09-11-2004, 06:44 PM   #5
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That makes sense. Whats the code that I have to add to grub.conf file

LABEL=Slackware, i cant remember??
thanks in advance
 
Old 09-11-2004, 06:50 PM   #6
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i don't really mess around with grub a lot, so i'm not sure. what you should do is search to see if there's already an answer, and if not, break your question down(it's a bit complex) into different threads so you get more exposure.
 
Old 09-11-2004, 07:02 PM   #7
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If you told each install to use the separate /boot partition then whichever one you installed second probably overwrote the grub.conf file for the first.

When doing multiple installs on one PC I usually tell them to each use their own /boot directory, then edit things afterwards to use a unified /boot and grub.conf. As long as you can boot into linux somehow you can get at the other partitions and read their grub.conf entries and then add them to the one that's being used.
 
Old 09-11-2004, 07:24 PM   #8
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fc2 sound

If you have gnome booted up, you should be able to right click on the bottom bar and add a volume control applet. If not, just open up a terminal and enter "aumix". Then you can use your arrow keys to adjust the sound. q to quit.
 
Old 09-12-2004, 09:03 AM   #9
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thanks ehawk, worked like a charm
 
  


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