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Old 04-28-2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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setup multi-boot

hi a newbie in linux world ..n bit crazy wanna install 3 os in a single hard disk..
i want to install windows 7 since there are some programs which run on windows only and basically im a newbie..
the second os i want to install is backtrack 3 final from live cd..
the third os i want to install is linux mint 6 kde..

i partitioned my hard disk as follows..
dev/sda1 primary partion NTFS C: 27 GB
dev/sda2 primary partion NTFS D: 40 GB
dev/sda3 primary partion SWAP 5 GB (RAM = 2 GB)
dev/sda5 logical partion / ext3 10 GB
dev/sda6 logical partion /boot ext3 10 GB
dev/sda7 logical partion /home ext3 12 GB
dev/sda8 logical partion reiserfs 10 GB

i installed windows 7 first ..thn installed linux mint 6 kde ..everything worked fine..grub was perfect..although i didnt do config.

thn i tried installing backtrack 3 final from live cd ..

thn now i can open nly windows ..linux mint wont open although it shows in grub..and backtrack wont show in grub..

i think both distros got installed in root

wat to do to install..plz help me out..

thanks to linux geeks...
Old 04-28-2009, 12:00 PM   #2
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I have moved your post to a new thread---and given it a descriptive title. Please do not jump into old threads unless you have something directly relevant.

I don't have time at the moment to help---but the "booting" link in my sig might be useful.

Good Luck!!
Old 04-28-2009, 12:20 PM   #3
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For reference Python Rider I have never done a /home partition, just root for all...other members will know about that and grub configuring.

Here's my layout-

root@bz-desktop:/home/bz# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x8f800200

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1        3533    28378791   83  Linux
/dev/sda2   *        3534        5670    17165452+  83  Linux
/dev/sda3            5671       10979    42644542+  83  Linux
/dev/sda4           10980       19457    68099535    5  Extended
/dev/sda5           14931       19457    36363127+   b  W95 FAT32
/dev/sda6           10980       11690     5711044+  83  Linux
/dev/sda7           11691       12921     9887976   83  Linux
/dev/sda8           12922       14601    13494568+  83  Linux
/dev/sda9           14602       14930     2642661   82  Linux swap / Solaris
The FAT32 partition is for easy file storage and for sharing with Windows.

NOTE-the only Linux distro I have ever found that will 95% of the time recognize and correctly boot all partitions is Ubuntu-8.04/8.10
It's almost foolproof with Ubuntu, it will ask you when installing Grub if everything looks ok and will ask you if you wanna boot all the other partitions.

So, just install Ubuntu last or do it manually with help from people here.

Actually, just go get Ubuntu-SE and install it last and away you go!
Old 04-30-2009, 12:05 PM   #4
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hey guys i got it how to install the backtrack n linux mint and windows 7..although im getting problem in grub 1.5 ..i dont knw the kernel and initrd of backtrack and more over how to edit grub menu.lst in linux mint 6
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Based on your last post, I am assuming you are able to boot Linux Mint? If so, boot it up and open a terminal/konsole and log in as root with sudo command. Create a mount point in Mint for Backtrack by: mkdir /mnt/backtrack. I don't know what filesystem Backtrack uses but assuming ext3 you would then mount Backtrack (as sudo): mount -t ext3 /dev/sda3 /mnt/backtrack. This command assumes Backtrack is on sda3 which it probably isn't so, run 'sudo fdisk -l' to get the correct partition. When you have done this, change to the Backtrack directory: cd /mnt/backtrac and run the command 'ls -l' and if you see a list of files you then navigate to the bootloader file to find the correct entry. Assuming Backtrack uses Grub, it would be 'cat /boot/grub/menu.lst' and in that file you should see your Backtrack entry. Copy it to Linux Mint /boot/grub/menu.lst file. This assumes you are using Linux Mint to boot?


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