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Old 06-14-2007, 05:30 PM   #1
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Configuring a tri boot system


Hello,
I have an existing dual boot system of Windows and Ubuntu 7.04. I am thinking of getting Fedora Core 6 installed on another partition of the same hard drive.

I have read some posts and believe my answer was there. I just would like to verify that I am correct.

From my understanding. I

would add this to my grub.conf file first.
root (hd0,1) --tells grub that ubuntu's /boot is on disk 1, partition 2
(grub counts from zero and always uses hd--even if linux tells you sd)

DANGEROUS I KNOW

then install Fedora on my partition with no boot loader option.

Someone please tell me if im on the right track. Also which bootloader dopes ubuntu use, it didnt say.

My existing ubuntu installation is on the same hard drive as my windows NTFS partition.
I am using a AMD Sempron 1.8GHz computer with 1 GB of ram, Elite motherboard.

I am expecting from this to get better aquanted with how triple boot works.
 
Old 06-14-2007, 06:14 PM   #2
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The way I would suggest is to install fedora and when it says where to install the bootloader, install it to the / partition (i.e. the same partition that fedora is going to live on, not the MBR).

Then in Ubuntu, just add
Code:
title Fedora
root (hd0,7)
chainloader +1
boot
to the Ubuntu /boot/grub/menu.lst file. Of course, change (hd0,7) -- which is /dev/hda8 -- to correspond to the partition you install fedora on. What will happen is when you select Fedora, it will load the Fedora bootloader, which will then load Fedora. This way, whenever you update Fedora's kernel, you don't have to change the Ubuntu menu.lst.
 
Old 06-14-2007, 09:09 PM   #3
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Bootloader Options

If 'twere me, & if Fedora allows not loading a bootloader (I know nothing about Fedora), I would not load a bootloader during its install. Then boot into Ubuntu & modify its /boot/grub/menu.lst as per the above post. This keeps you from having to go through 2 bootloaders to get Fedora running. I recently added Kubuntu to a computer that had 3 separate Slackware partitions on it. I was rather unpleasantly surprised to find that it overwrote my bootloader, without any notice. However, it did a fair job of finding my other partitions & it didn't take much editing to get it back the way I wanted it.
Regards,
Bill
 
Old 06-15-2007, 08:47 AM   #4
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When I was triple-booting recently (XP, Slackware, & Debian), I installed Lilo to the superblocks ( / ) of both distros, and used the GAG Bootloader. Don't know if it would work with Fedora.

http://gag.sourceforge.net/
 
  


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