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Old 09-27-2008, 05:38 PM   #1
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Triple Boot and GRUB Error 17

I was hoping that someone can hep me with this issue. My current partitioning scheme is:

/dev/sda1 # swap
/dev/sda5 # ubuntu
/dev/sda6 # debian
/dev/sda7 # slackware

I initially installed ubuntu, then debian, then slackware. I allowed debian's grub to be load the rest. however, when I added slackware to debian's grub, I get an error 17 warning. I did not install a boot loader for slackware. how can I address this problem?
Old 09-27-2008, 08:04 PM   #2
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You should certainly be able to do what you are attempting. Please post your menu.lst or grub.conf file for us to take a look at.

You should also be aware that another (and probably simpler) way to do what you want is to simply chainload the additional OS's from the first. To make this work, on every OS after the first, you install GRUB to that system's partition rather than to the MBR. (So for Slackware, you would install its boot sector to sda7.) I have seen an excellent description/explanation of this by an LQ member (probably moderator), but I can't find it now.
Old 09-27-2008, 08:12 PM   #3
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what version of slack are you using? if your using 12.1 you will either have to install grub from slackware/extras or formate your sda7 partition beforehand from one of your other distros and during the slack12.1 installation do not format the partition since you have already formatted it.
Old 09-27-2008, 08:14 PM   #4
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The process to do what was suggested in post 2 is pretty simple.

Boot into a distro that works

Mount the slackware partition
mount /dev/sda7 /mnt
Install grub on that partition
grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda7
Add a chainloader entry to the grub.conf/menu.lst you boot from

title Slackware
rootnoverify (hd0,6)
chainloader +1
You will need to make all these entries as root or use sudo

Last edited by billymayday; 09-27-2008 at 08:15 PM.
Old 09-28-2008, 02:43 PM   #5
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Thank you billymayday and the rest. Your last post fixed my problem. Apparently I paid no attention to GRUB's way of naming the drives

Last edited by yogi_texas; 09-28-2008 at 02:43 PM. Reason: grammar


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