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Old 03-21-2004, 04:15 AM   #1
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Question Multi-boot PC - Slack/SuSe/WinXP

Hi All,

I have a PC which used to run WinXP. I added a second IDE drive which I partitioned when installing SuSE 9.0 and that installed fine. I can boot between SuSE and XP without any issues.

As I had some free space left on the drive, I also decided to install Slackware 9.1 as this is apparently a good distro to learn about the command line stuff with, as you have to do a lot of things manually.

Anyway, Slackware is now on and running after a HUGE problem getting X to run. Went through the "Screens found, but no usable configuration" malarkey, but have fixed it now I hope, after upgrading to XFree 4.4.0 and tweaking the XF86Config file, but I digress.....

so anyway there is no problem there now, however, during the install I wasn't sure what to do about the LILO install as I already had GRUB installed when I put SuSE on the box so I didn't install it but made a boot floppy.

Currently if I need to go into the Slackware install, I boot from floppy and all is well.

What I would like to do is configure GRUB to also show my Slackware install on the menu so that I can use it that way and just keep the floppy for emergencies.

I've done some googling and it seems feasible. I presume that I just need to edit the menu.lst file under GRUB to have another entry for Slackware.

However, I am looking for a bit of hand-holding and guidance through it. I understand that GRUB uses numbers instead of letters for the disks. In my system Slackware is installed on /dev/hdd1. Therefore would my entry in GRUB look something like:

title slackware
chainloader (hd4,0)+1

Any suggestions? Do I need to add anything about the kernel location or anything?

Thanks in advance

PS - Apologies for the long post
Old 03-21-2004, 07:57 AM   #2
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To make Grub boot on Slackware, you just have to "copy" the line corresponding to your Suse boot... So it should be something like that:
title Slacware 9.1
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hdd1

So you have to tell grub that Slack is on the second disk... that's why you put hd1. And It will find the kernel on the first partition of this disk... so it's (hd1,0). Then you tell him where the kernel is exactly and which filesystem will be rootFS
Of course you can add specific option to your kernel at boot time

Old 03-21-2004, 08:04 AM   #3
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Cheers. I'd actually got it working doing pretty much exactly what you said. Used the YaST utility that comes with SuSE and that does all the work for you. It was just the options really.

I gather that GRUB uses the number which is one less that your letter. i.e. my drive was hdd1, so my grub entry is hd1,0.....

Thanks for replying anyway


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