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    triple boot

    I am running xp and fc4, using grub. I want to install Mandrake and triple boot. I have never run Mandrake before. I assume I tell it not to write to the mbr, and just modify the grub file to give the option to boot into mandrake. Is that correct?

    If so, what would I add to get it to boot into mandrake?


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    Linux Guru budman7's Avatar
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    Hope this helps.
    To setup a multi-boot system.
    1. you need to have a unformatted partition ready for the new distro to go into.
    2. When you install the new distro, do not install the bootloader to the MBR, install it to the root partition or the superblock.
    3. When you reboot, you will not see your new distro on the list, you will need to add it to your current bootloader.
    A. Open up a terminal, type su and your root password.
    B. Then type "mkdir /mnt/new distro"
    C. Then "mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/new distro" modify hda1 to suit your needs.
    D. Type "cd /mnt/new/boot distro"
    E. Look for the name of the kernel, it should look like vmlinuzxxxxxx, if you see a initrdxxxxxx you will need to add that to the menu as well.
    F. Use a text editor to open menu.lst or grub.conf. Hopefully you are not using Lilo, the next few directions won't be correct.
    "nano -w /boot/grub/grub.conf"
    add this
    title new distro
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuzxxxx root=/dev/hda1
    initrd /boot/initrdxxxxx
    Hit CTRL + x and save your work
    Reboot and finish setting up the new system.
    If you want to learn more about linux take a linux journey
    Use CODE tags when posting output of commands. Thank you.

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    Thanks budman. That is helpful.

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