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Old 10-09-2006, 08:01 PM   #1
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Mepis will not dual (tripple) boot for me ?

I have used Xandros the past couple years. Out of curiosity, I downloaded SimplyMepis. I removed my dual boot (XP & XN) drive and installed a temporary spare drive. For the install, I did a take over drive, and yes to install Grub.

Mepis installed OK, tho it will not work with my ATI Radeon 7000, I have to use Vesa. Looks nice, does not seem to have that "solid" feeling I get when using Xandros. I also notice it has that "slow feeling", slower than Xandros or XP. Not drastically slow mind you, just enough to be uncomfortable. I really dislike the file manager, I guess the Xandros file manager is what keeps me with XN.

From a fresh download and install, when I use (try to) Kpackage or Synaptic, I get errors, the reposatories are wrong by default ?

Before I ask a question, I best include hardware info. This is my spare computer, a 1 gig Celeron, 1 gig ram, AC97 audio. IDE drive. The only glitch with it is the internal video (Intel) that is OFF in the bios, but "most" Linux distro's I've tried ignore the bios setting, and I have to boot in vesa mode.

OK, I have done this with many distro's (including Windoze98), I pull the jumper off the drive to make it a slave, install my drive with XP and Xandros, update Lilo and boot to the third system with Xandros and reboot.

Mepis is on the menu, I choose it and enter. Mepis starts to boot and KERNEL PANIC. I have to power off.

I add the jumper, remove my master, Mepis boots fine again ?

Old 10-10-2006, 07:18 AM   #2
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it sounds like you have in removing jumper....installed grub into the mbr for the (eventual) slave drive.

try installing grub (or lilo for the matter) into the root partition of the current slave drive

reset jumpers

the new primary drive as unaltered mbr and config the lilo file to chainload the new slave drive for mepis.

2) however, when you installed mepis (as a master) if it used grub it has written a config file for the boot menu with hd0 and not hd1

so mount the relevant partition manually thru Xandros and edit the mepis /boot/menu.lst to reflect the new slave (hd1)
and the root=/dev/hda1 (or whatever) becomes /hdb1

hopefully your kernel panic will no longer exist as it will boot the correct drive

is that clear?

master on mepis was

title mepis file
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda1
initrd /boot/initrd.img

slave on mepis becomes
title mepis file
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb1
initrd /boot/initrd.img

I have tried to bold the changes


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