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I've just spent the last two weeks figuring out how to install multiple OS's on one machine, and I'm pretty confident I'm doing the right thing, but I'm having one ...
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    Partitions appear to shift when installing BootMagic


    I've just spent the last two weeks figuring out how to install multiple OS's on one machine, and I'm pretty confident I'm doing the right thing, but I'm having one problem.
    I'm running XP on an NTFS partition, with a 10GB FAT32 partition beside it to install BootMagic and to share data between XP and Linux. On an extended partition next to this I have SuSE and Xandros installed (on separate logical partitions!), and I've also got some space left over for a couple more Linux distros (I want to try a few and see which one I prefer) but that's probably not important here.
    All seems to work fine until I actually install BootMagic (I stopped the Linux bootloaders from installing over the windows one so I need a 3rd party bootloader to see them all). It complains that there isn't enough space at the start of hda and then goes and makes this space. After this I am able to boot into all 3 OS's, but I'm not able to see the FAT32 partition from XP (even though I could before hand). This means I am not able to alter the BootMagic installation to recognise any other distros I install, and I'm not able to share files between Linux and XP. Is this cos it's moving the partitions upwards by a MB or so, and this confuses windows as the partition table is wrong??

    Can anyone help me fix this error? Perhaps what I need to do is reinstall Linux and use it's bootloader instead of BootMagic?? (I'm pretty sure I know how to edit GRUB/LILO to see all my OS's)

    This newbie would really appreciate any help that can be given to get me out of microsoft land!!

    Steve

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    Solved.....

    I forgot about BootMagic and took my own advice, reinstalling Xandros and letting it's bootloader take command. I now have a nice triple-boot system to play with!!
    I doubt very much that there's anything "wrong" with Bootmagic, so it was clearly something I was doing wrong. Has anyone else come across this before, and, if so, what was the reason??

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