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    How to proceed


    I plan on installing Sourcemage to a partition I have prepared.
    But, I don't want to go through what I did when I installed Slackware.
    It gave me a GRUB- prompt.
    Does anyone know how to install another distro without overwriting Grub?
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    You're kidding, right?

    In the case of Slack-based distros using LILO, I simply write LILO to root of the distro bing installed, then let GRUB2 find it (with the command below).

    With another distro using GRUB2, just install , reboot to initially installed distro and, as root, issue the <update-grub> command.
    Works for me.

    Or, is this a trick question?

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    Install SourceMage grub to "/" instead of MBR.
    Then if using grub2 with a os-prober

    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    should suffice. If using Lilo instead. Google is your friend on editing that.
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    No, I'm not kidding. I already have
    sda1=XP
    sda5=SUSE
    sda7=Slackware

    These all boot fine. When I installed Slackware I didn't install a bootloader and when I rebooted after installation I was left with a GRUB- prompt.
    I reinstalled SUSE and SUSE got every thing going.
    If I install Sourcemage won't it write over SUSEs grub?
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    If I install Sourcemage won't it write over SUSEs grub?
    Not if you install sourcemage grub to root folder instead of mbr of the drive. Then tell suse to update-grub like I mentioned previously.
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    From the wiki

    10.3. I.3 - GRUB

    For x86, you may choose grub or lilo. Both default to installing to the boot sector of the partition that /boot is on, but you will be offered to install to the MBR if you want. The MBR option will NOT install to the MBR of the primary drive on your system, it WILL install to the MBR of the drive SMGL is being installed onto. If you are installing SMGL onto a primary drive that shares with another OS or linux distribution you should think carefully before writing to the MBR, you will likely lose the ability to boot your other partitions (until you fix the problem that is).
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    Thank you for that.
    I just tried installing it and got to many sector errors, it wouldn't install.
    I'm going to experiment to see if it was a bad disc or a problem with my old laptop.
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    Most distributions ask if you want to install a boot loader.. just choose no and edit existing boot loader and add entry for you new os

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    What a bummer
    I installed Sourcemage and I put Lilo on the / partition and still ended up with a GRUB_ prompt.
    Reinstalled SUSE and it actually did a fresh install, not like last time.
    I told the installer not to format the partition and it did anyways.
    I'm just glad I hadn't done to much personalization.
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    I would have probably not installed lilo, added the boot entries to grub for my other os then did update-grub

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