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Old 05-16-2003, 05:34 PM   #1
DavidMD
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Question Location of Bootloader?


Hello, everyone.

SuSE Linux 8.2 Professional occupies my entire secondary hard drive, and Windows 2000 Pro and XP Pro occupy the two partitions of the primary hard drive.

I have PartitionMagic 8 installed on the first partition of the primary drive (Windows 2000 Pro). I am using BootMagic to triple-boot the three operating systems.

My question is: Where should I install GRUB, which is acting as a secondary bootloader (after BootMagic). Currently, I have GRUB mounted on 'dev/hdb2'.

The options for GRUB that SuSE's YaST2 gave me at installation are as follows (if my memory is accurate):

- MBR of 'dev/hda1' (No -- PartitionMagic is there.)
- boot sector of the boot partion
- boot sector of the root partition
- boot sector of the root partition
- floppy disk
- Others

I was told that I should install my bootloader on the superblock to prevent any problems, because GRUB is not the primary bootloader.

As I say, I installed GRUB on 'dev/hdb2', but I do not know if I made the correct selection or not. (SuSE Linux boots with no problems, although I did have to disconnect my external USB Zip 250 drive -- which was not a problem for SuSE 8.0 or 8.1, or the first two installations of 8.2.)

Everything works but I have done several clean installs after experiencing corruptions of KDE -- primarily, the disappearance of all of my title bars and no response to keyboard input, always after looking at the "Styles" options for KDE. (I know that a clean install was not necessary, but I wanted to be certain that all was well.)

I would appreciate any suggestions. I want to make sure that I have GRUB installed in the correct place, taking into account that Linux is on my seconardy hard drive and that PartitionMagic is the primary bootloader on the first hard drive.

Thank you very much, in advance!

Cordially,

David
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Old 05-16-2003, 08:05 PM   #2
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Question Location of Bootloader?

Hello, again, everyone.

I just wanted to confirm that I have done extensive Google searches on this topic and I have also read the appropriate section of the SuSE Linux 8.2 User Guide.

The latter basically says to accept the default (which would corrupt BootMagic) "unless you know what you are doing."

I fear that I may have to do a clean installation, because of some problems I am having, so I would greatly appreciate any advice or pointers to appropriate references.

Thank you, in advance!

Cordially,

David
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Old 05-16-2003, 08:28 PM   #3
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Hello, again, everyone.

I apologize for yet another message (I don't normally talk to myself), but I wanted to include the results of 'fdisk -l', which you will find at the end of this message.

Thank you for your time and patience!

Cordially,

David
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Code:
linux:/ # fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7297 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *         1      1459  11719386   1c  Hidden Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda2          1460      7297  46893735   1c  Hidden Win95 FAT32 (LBA)

Disk /dev/hdb: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hdb1             1       131   1052226   82  Linux swap
/dev/hdb2   *       132      4865  38025855   83  Linux
 
  


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