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Old 09-14-2005, 07:47 AM   #1
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Grub not listing other distros? & Internet prob.


I recently installed Mandriva. I currently have 2 issues.

the boot loader doesn't have my two other distros listed. I have ubuntu 64bit and ubuntu i384. How do I write into /boot/grub/menu.lst the two other distros so that grub differintates between the two versions of ubuntu?
Also, is /boot/grub/menu.lst the correct location in mandriva?

I'm not sure why this is happening, but, mandriva correctly recognized my ethernet adapter, however, I can't get online. Do I have to run an ifconfig command or what can I do to trouble shoot to find whats wrong?

Some advice please.
Old 09-14-2005, 12:52 PM   #2
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Unfortunately it may not be that easy. If grub overwrote the previous bootloader settings it might've overwritten the ability to find them. It depends how you installed MDV -- did it find them during install and ask whether you wanted to keep them? If they still exist then yes, just modify /boot/grub/menu.lst and add the partition info on where to find them. Also, are you sure you're using grub for MDV? I was told it uses LILO by default. I know 2005LE never gave me the option to install grub, and it installed LILO.

If MDV detects your ethernet card properly, what errors do you get that convinces you you cannot get online? Running "ifconfig -a" will show you all interfaces, "ifconfig" only the up interfaces, and hopefully your ethernet card is listed there.
Old 09-14-2005, 09:50 PM   #3
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my mandrake/mandriva never not a damn once saw ubuntu i leared to install ubuntu after mandrake/mandriva and ubuntus boot loader sees it all the time as long as ubuntu goes on lasst. it took me over a month to figure that one out.
Old 09-15-2005, 07:24 AM   #4
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I have discovered that both 2006 RC1 and 2005 LE allow you to configure the boot loader during install. You can choose wether you would like to use grub or lilo and what other OS's you'd like to include, however, I forgot what partition I had my various distros installed on and guessed wrong when configuring the boot loader. So, now I would like to know how to rearrange the lilo boot loader, and tell it where I have the distros located.

Anybody know how to do this?
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Here is my answer to the 1st

(1) You mount the partition of every Linux you intend to multi-boot and have a look at its

/boot/grub/menu.lst for Grub
/etc/lilo.conf for Lilo

the 3 lines it boots itself. Just cut and paste the 3 lines into the running Linux's /boot/grub/menu.lst .

For Lilo you needs only the kernel name and initrz file name as the commands are different. By comparing the lines you should be able to improvise and get it up and running.

If you know how to change root from one Linux to another then I explain a better method, as it is too long to write everything here

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