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Old 01-30-2005, 03:02 PM   #1
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Multiple Linux OS's and Windows XP

Hello everyone,

I'm new to Linux so to speak, and have this year finally successfully got a distro to install onto a computer without problems, and toyed around with it for a little while, and then bought a pocket guide book from O'Rielly which was based on the Fedora Core, not the Mandrake 10.0 Official Release that I had installed. So in thought, I wondered if it was possible to install Fedora Core 3 on another partition (10GB) on the same Hard Drive as my Windows XP Pro, and have Mandrake 10.0 Official Release installed on an older 8GB HD on the slave/primaryIDE. Not sure what is needed to solve the problem I am having so I'll post everything here...

At any one time after a format/re-installation, either Fedora Core 3 will work, or Mandrake Linux 10.0 will work, and Windows XP always works. I can't get the LILO/GRUB screen to have it where I can boot into Mandrake Linux, if I want, Reboot and go into Fedora Core 3 if I want,.. its either Windows XP and Fedora Core 3, or if I formatted everything and tried installing all 3 again, it'll be Windows XP and Mandrake Linux.
In the GRUB/LILO, the other Linux distro never shows up... just whatever Linux distro I installed last. I have found a thread here in the forums that explained how to alter the LILO, to add the other distro, however I dont understand the text I see there to get it to work right. I tried to copy the text from the working Linux boot line, and alter it to try to boot the other when I select it and it doesn't work...

Is it insane to try to load two different distro's on the same computer? I wanted Mandrake because it detects everything in the system and seems to work well and runs pretty smoothly, but Fedora Core x is in all the manuals I seem to see at book stores, and the pocket guide I purchased, but FC3 doesn't detect or work with my sound card, and seems to run a little slower.

System Layout:
AMD Duron 1.6GHz
256MB DDR 266MHz RAM
Primary Master: 30GB HDD (Windows XP 20GB/Fedora Core 3 10GB)
Primary Slave: 8GB (Mandrake Linux 10.0 Official Release)
Secondary Master: 32x CD-ROM
Sound Card: Built in VIA AC'97
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 7000 32MB

Any help/suggestions is greatly appreciated! I've been trying to force both to work for the last week, I could just be missing something obvious to someone else but not to me, or I am doing the most illogical setup ever and just haven't realized it yet. Thanks!

Old 01-30-2005, 03:42 PM   #2
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If I were you I would install use Mandrakes lilo to boot into Mandrake, open the Mandrake Control Centre and change the boot loader to Grub. Then mount your Fedora partition somewhare in Mandrake so you can get access to Fedora's /boot/grub/menu.lst . Copy and paste the entry that boots Fedora into the /boot/grub/menu.lst on Mandrake. Or the other way around. You could copy and paste the Mandrake stuff onto the Fedora /boot/grub/menu.lst


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