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Old 07-24-2011, 08:22 AM   #1
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Question Installing Multiboot Distros with Oracle Linux

Dear all,
Im trying to install a multiboot with multi distros, in this case Slackware and Linux Oracle. I have Slackware running for a while now and try to install it in other partition. Suppose I have Slackware in /dev/hdb and planning to install Oracle Linux in /dev/sda. My plan is:
1. Format /dev/sda
2. Install Oracle Linux in /dev/sda using boot disk
3. Modify lilo.conf
4. Run dual boot
But the problem is during the Oracle Linux boot installation:
1. It doesnt recognize the partition and file format that Slackware did in /dev/sda
2. The installation disk then force me to create another partition for memory swap and root directory
3. At first attempt I created a partition in /dev/sda with RAID format which didnt get recognized by Slackware so that I had it wiped out at the next attempt of installation.
4. Just before the process of partitioning /dev/sda, Oracle Linux installer from the boot disk cannot detect my dvd drive although the PC was booted from its very drive (Why?) so It was asking me if I need to point out the location of another copy of the image file, which is located in /dev/sda1. The installer read it from /dev/sda1, I think not from DVD drive. This always happens in all attempts.
5. At the end, it cannot finish the process of the installation and I have to abort it, without knowing the reason for it. This happens in all attempts also.

Now I have the problem with slackware:
1. The tty is messed up that makes me unable to login to KDE, it freezes whenever I try to login.
2. The KDE configuration has changed for some reason.

My question is:
1. Did the installation mess up the swap configuration in Slackware? I try to double check it using df command, but it didnt show the swap location (dont remember if this suppose to show swap location).But fdsik l show it.
2. Why did the KDE configuration and TTY configuration mess up?
3. I need a strategy to fix my Slackware damage and install the multi boot and at this point I really need some input from outside.

Please help,
Old 07-24-2011, 09:31 AM   #2
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Sorry, I only can give an answer to 1:
shows if swap is active, and if gparted is installed:
as root.
You must click on your swap partition.
KDE does not contain gparted.
But there are PartedMagic/ GParted and GParted itself.
PartedMagic has many useful tools (and is an operating system too).

Last edited by alfredo10; 07-24-2011 at 09:34 AM.
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:19 AM   #3
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Have a look at /var/log/messages. Is there some error related to swap or partitions?

What does fdisk -l show?
What cat /etc/fstab ?
And what mount?

Best regards
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:46 AM   #4
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Ok, the swap is there.

But I need to troubleshoot why my KDE crashes. I don't understand this since Slackware is located in /dev/hdb and the new installation is location in /dev/sda which in separated location.

Could anybody give me and advice how to troubleshoot the crash?
Old 07-25-2011, 10:41 AM   #5
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I just mark this thread as "solved" then start a new thread for KDE crash issue..


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