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Old 06-09-2004, 02:33 AM   #1
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boot multiple OSs


Hello,

I have an emachines M5116 laptop with XP and Mandrake 10 installed. I'd like to try other OSs on it as well. I've installed SuSE 8.2 (old I know but the only SuSE I have). How can I get the Mandrake lilo boot loader to recognise and boot the SuSE? When I try to do this it looks for ext3 filesystem on the SuSE partition and not finding it aborts.

VFS: Can't find ext3 filesystem on dev hda3
mount: error 22 mounting ext3 flags noatime

I know SuSE is ReiserFS but is it possible to boot it from Mandrake lilo? I've tried using Mandrake grub and get the same result.

Would I be able to use the SuSE boot loader and boot up Mandrake from there?

Donald
 
Old 06-09-2004, 02:33 AM   #2
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Hello,

I have an emachines M5116 laptop with XP and Mandrake 10 installed. I'd like to try other OSs on it as well. I've installed SuSE 8.2 (old I know but the only SuSE I have). How can I get the Mandrake lilo boot loader to recognise and boot the SuSE? When I try to do this it looks for ext3 filesystem on the SuSE partition and not finding it aborts.

VFS: Can't find ext3 filesystem on dev hda3
mount: error 22 mounting ext3 flags noatime

I know SuSE is ReiserFS but is it possible to boot it from Mandrake lilo? I've tried using Mandrake grub and get the same result.

Would I be able to use the SuSE boot loader and boot up Mandrake from there?

Donald
 
Old 06-09-2004, 07:16 AM   #3
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if you copy the section from the Suse install's lilo.conf into the mandrake lilo.conf then have the suse partition mounted and change the paths to the kernel (and initrd?) to where they are mounted under mandrake it should work.

It sounds like the Suse kernel has reiserfs built as a module, if you booted from a rescue disk and chrooted to the suse partition and recompiled the kernel only changing reiserfs from a module to built in it would remove the need for a ramdisk (initrd) and then it should work.

Of course I may be totally wrong as Im not an expert by a long way. If you dont understand anything feel free to ask and ill try and help further.
 
Old 06-09-2004, 08:58 AM   #4
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It should be possible with grub. If you use the Mandrake Control Centre to change the bootloader to grub it should just need you to add an entry like this to /boot/grub/menu.lst
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title SuSE 8.2 
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 vga=788
 
Old 06-09-2004, 01:45 PM   #5
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... or you might try another multiple OS loader like GAG
 
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Old 06-15-2004, 12:56 PM   #7
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Sorry unspawn - it wasn't deliberate. Forgive my being stupid but what is cross posting?

Donald

Thanks to the others. I'm now using the SuSE grub loader and have added entries for Mandrake in the menu.lst. It works fine.
 
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Sorry unspawn - it wasn't deliberate. Forgive my being stupid but what is cross posting?

Donald

Thanks to the others. I'm now using the SuSE grub loader and have added entries for Mandrake in the menu.lst. It works fine.
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