How to Triple Boot, XP, Mandrake, Redhat/Fedora


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Powerless

Well I hav to go work :( But as I have nothing on Fedora, Apps, docs that I wish to keep...I am prepared to start over...In other words install Fedora and Mandrake again.

It does not take long as I've found many times :D Tell me what to take note of...?

But i'll try it again markjensen with hdb7

and I'll do yours as well kongit

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Powerless

P.s. This is fun by the way

Just wish I had my boot.ini file :(

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Powerless
Alright mount hdb7 to /mnt/mandrake.

what is in /mnt/mandrake/boot ?

Before I go...

I typed:

mount /dev/hdb7 /mnt/mandrake

ls /mnt/mandrake > /home/username/hd7list

umount /mnt/mandrake

Is that right?

Well I see nothing in the Mandrake directory...

But I do have a hdb7list in my /username

bin

boot

dev

etc

home

initrd

lib

mnt

opt

proc

root

sbin

sys

tmp

usr

var

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markjensen

Ahhh, ok! You did get a listing of your hdb7! Good. :D

Unfortunately, I am off to work myself.... :(

Maybe someone will help figure out which is which and get you booting them both before I return. If not, I will help you take a look at it later.

Mark

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kongit
mount /dev/hdb7 /mnt/mandrake

ls /mnt/mandrake > /home/username/hd7list

umount /mnt/mandrake

Thats correct :)

now instead of ls /mnt/madrake do

ls /mnt/mandrake/boot

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Powerless
Ahhh, ok! You did get a listing of your hdb7! Good. :D

Unfortunately, I am off to work myself.... :(

Maybe someone will help figure out which is which and get you booting them both before I return. If not, I will help you take a look at it later.

Mark

Sowwie :(

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Thats correct :)

now instead of ls /mnt/madrake do

ls /mnt/mandrake/boot

As follows:

boot.0300

config-2.6.3-4mdk

diag1.img

diag2.img

grub

initrd-2.6.3-4mdk.img

initrd.img

map

message

message-graphic

message-text

System.map-2.6.3-4mdk

uk.klt

vmlinuz

vmlinuz-2.6.3-4mdk

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markjensen

Ok.

hdb7 is your Mandrake install (/boot/ is populated, and the kernel images have "mdk" in them)

hdb9 is Mandrake's /home/

hdb10 is Fedora's /boot/

hdb11 is Fedora's root (/)

Now, we need to construct your GRUB commands. :wacko:

At the GRUB level, drives are numbered a bit differently (starting with 0, plus no letter designation)

So, we need to get to the GRUB level and try the following:

root (hd1,9)

kernel /vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hdb11

should boot Fedora....

and...

root (hd1,6)

kernel /vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hdb9

should boot Mandrake (though I am much less certain of this one).

If this doesn't work, let's dig into the drives and parse the grub.conf files for each.

One last question (since this thread is really quite long, and I am too lazy at the moment to scan through it), which Linux (if any) can you boot up into?

Also, if you can, mount hdb7 and get a copy of /etc/grub.conf

and mount hdb11 and get a copy of that /etc/grub.conf too....

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So, we need to get to the GRUB level and try the following:

root (hd1,9)

kernel /vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hdb11

should boot Fedora....

I get: [Linux-bzImage, setup=0x1400, size=ox12d50dj]

and...

root (hd1,6)

kernel /vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hdb9

should boot Mandrake (though I am much less certain of this one).

I get: Error 15: File not found

One last question (since this thread is really quite long, and I am too lazy at the moment to scan through it), which Linux (if any) can you boot up into?
Fedora :D
Also, if you can, mount hdb7 and get a copy of /etc/grub.conf

and mount hdb11 and get a copy of that /etc/grub.conf too....

On it's way...

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OK we all still here?

grub.conf for hdb7

# grub.conf generated by anaconda

#

# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file

# NOTICE:  You have a /boot partition.  This means that

#          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.

#          root (hd1,9)

#          kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdb11

#          initrd /initrd-version.img

#boot=/dev/hda

default=1

timeout=10

splashimage=(hd1,9)/grub/splash.xpm.gz

title Fedora Core (2.4.22-1.2115.nptl)

root (hd1,9)

kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi rhgb

initrd /initrd-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl.img

title Windows XP

rootnoverify (hd0,0)

chainloader +1

grub.conf for hdb11

Now I've hit a problem with hdb11 after I did the above, my trash bin has become non existant and I cannot view my files ion HOME?

Now I copied the hd11 grub.conf to deskop and peformed a chmod 666 on it, then it all went wrong...

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markjensen

Ok.

One step at a time...

Can you get to GRUB, and to the "c" for command again?

Then enter:

root (hd1,9)

kernel /vmlinuz ro root=LABEL=/

If that doesn't work, do it the longer way, and try:

root (hd1,9)

kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi rhgb

The first one should boot Fedora. The second one will* boot Fedora.

We will take it from there on the Mandrake thing. Can you still read from hdb11? It wasn't clear after the whole thing when you said "then it all went wrong..." :blink:

* By "will", I mean that it "should" boot Fedora. If it doesn't I QUIT! :wacko:

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Powerless

Well I guess I'll be seeing you then :(

Nothing worked...

I'm still getting: [Linux-bzImage, setup=0x1400, size=ox12d50dj]

"then it all went wrong..." I cannot access /home/username/desktop.

Also Trash has the samething.

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markjensen

Aaaarrrrgghhhh! :angry:

I don't see how that last one failed. It was the exact same thing that you said was in your GRUB! :unsure: I just copied it and pasted it when I replied to your email.

There are strange gremlins in this PC, indeed! :no:

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Powerless

Well it's no worries! :o

One point:

I type: root (hd1,9) <ret>

and then type:

kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi rhgb <ret>

right?

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kongit

kernel (hd1,9)/vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl root=?

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markjensen
kernel (hd1,9)/vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl root=?

My Fedora grub.conf is a little weird, too.

title Fedora Core (2.4.22-1.2188.nptl)

        root (hd0,0)

        kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2188.nptl ro root=LABEL=/12 hdc=ide-scsi rhgb

        initrd /initrd-2.4.22-1.2188.nptl.img

But it works. :huh:

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Powerless
kernel (hd1,9)/vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl root=?

:( Nope...That did not work.

I guess thats it?

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kongit

? means I don't know what drive is your root for fedora

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Powerless

Ah...

Well we'll do 'em all? One of them has got to boot?

So what would i add?

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