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Old 10-01-2005, 08:34 PM   #31
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Believe it or not, that last link did the trick!!

I'm posting to you from my new Fedora install now and the boot loader is working perfectly. Thanks for all of your help again.
Old 10-01-2005, 08:43 PM   #32
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Originally posted by JSLayton
Believe it or not, that last link did the trick!!

I'm posting to you from my new Fedora install now and the boot loader is working perfectly. Thanks for all of your help again.
I'm glad it all worked out for you. Triple-booting is fun. I hope you're able to help someone out, too, when you get the chance.
Old 10-02-2005, 06:39 PM   #33
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Hi JSLayton & aysiu

The original procedure was written for those with Win XP installed but without linux installed.

However, I have updated the PDF file with additional information which is still available at:

Right click and copy the link to your download manager (seperate or within your browser)

If u have problem send me your e address And I'll send the attachment.

Installing Windows XP provides the boot.ini file (which is only a text file and can be created with any text editor) however, you also need the files ntldr and bootsect.dos which are also created with XP install.

I think there is a way around this by using bootpart but will check this out before jumping the gun. Give me a day or so.

Old 10-03-2005, 12:40 AM   #34
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I have 6 operating systems on one of my computers, Windows XP, ME, 98SE, Mandrake 10.1, Debian Sarge, Red Hat 9, plus a Home & Swap partition & a Data Partition shared by whichever operating system can see it. All are primary partitions & I control which partition is seen by each operating system.

All made possible with the help of a boot manager called BootItNG found @

Once I have a fresh smooth running installation with all my favorite apps (& defraged if Windows)., I make a compressed image of the operating system if I screw up something while hacking away, I wipe out the affected partition & reload the image in less than 30 minutes with a couple clicks of the mouse & not have to plug in a single CD ROM to have it in the shape I like it with all the favorite apps. & personal settings. With all my data on a seperate partition (or HDD) it is easy to wipe out an operating system & reload a " fast running fresh installation ".

With this handy utility you can have over 100 partiotions, all operating systems if you like.
Old 10-07-2006, 10:16 PM   #35
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Ok, I have read this entire post with interest as I'm really looking at triple booting. By the way aysiu are you the same aysiu as on the Ubuntu forums? You have a lot of very helpfull posts!
I cut my teeth on Ubuntu for quite a while and am really interested in trying yet other Linux flavors! Hence the triple boot Question.

Currently I have XP, and Mepis running. I have a 10 GB fat 32 partition I'm about to wipe and would like to boot Slackware on it. Currently Mepis is in charge of of MBR with Grub. Which looks like this:
timeout 15
color cyan/blue white/blue
foreground ffffff
background 0639a1

gfxmenu /boot/grub/message

title MEPIS at hda2, kernel 2.6.15-26-386
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-26-386 root=/dev/hda2 nomce quiet vga=791 

title Windows at hda1
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
I have used Grub, and like grub, and don't want Lilo. I'm familiar with editing my own grub and adding the graphics to it. (Learned that in Ubuntu, because they didn't have one.)

Here is my fdisk -l:
fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1        2493    20024991    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2            3826        4463     5124735   83  Linux
/dev/hda3            4464        4863     3213000    5  Extended
/dev/hda4            2494        3825    10699290    b  W95 FAT32
/dev/hda5            4464        4830     2947896   83  Linux
/dev/hda6            4831        4863      265041   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order
hda4 is where I want Slackware. Question. Can I install it and not install grub or lilo, then edit my grub in Mepis to look like this:

title Slackware 11 at hda4, kernel 2.6.xx.xx.xx
root (hd0,3)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.xx.xx.xx root=/dev/hda4 nomce quiet vga=791 
It sounds like a logical plan to me, but I need some more expert linux input. Sorry if I have gotten tooo technical.

Also in doing this can I leave /swap for both Linux to use, and can I use /home with both Linux? Thanks for the help!



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