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Advice on Multiboot install of WinXP, SUSE and Xandros
I have Windows XP installed. I use Acronis Disk Director 9 to manage my multiboot systems and Acronis True Image for image backups to protect the OSes.
I had XP running fine. I installed Xandros 3 Business Edition successfully, then installed Suse 9.3. After I installed Suse 9.3, I cannot get Xandros to boot.
I have XP on a 40GB primary partition, Xandros on a 20GB Primary partition and Suse on a 25GB partition with a 1GB SWAP partition.
I was going to install each fully into it's own partition but I got a little creative with Suse after reading some tips and tricks.
I don't think I need to divide a Linux install onto different partitions for protection since I am using Acronis True Image for Linux. I imagine each on it's own Primary partition would be fine. Plus I am trying to learn Linux so I don't care about tweaking things out yet.
I don't understand what went wrong and why Xandros cannot boot. I have decided to just reinstall Xandros and Suse to their own individual partitions. Nothing fancy.
Is this recommended and will this prevent Suse and Xandros from interferring with eachother?
What i did to get to my current setup (Gentoo/SuSE/Win2K):
Initially i had Win 2K installed, and eventually got the Dual-boot working with SuSE. Had this for numerous years, then decided to tri-boot with gentoo.
In order to do this, i installed gentoo, but DIDN'T install a boot loader eg grub or lilo.
Then this gave me a successful install of Win 2K/SuSE/Gentoo.
However, gentoo wouldn't boot from Grub, because i hadn't configured it, so i booted SuSE, and added the relevent code to boot gentoo and hey presto, tri-boot system"I am not an alcoholic, alcoholics go to meetings"
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snjbrian, I have never worked with Acronis before. But, should'nt you just be able to reinstall the Acronis program and put the 3 entries that you need back in.FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real
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Try and see if my tutorial works
Here is the tutorial I made with the info I got from budman7
How to Triboot a Computer with Windows XP,Fedora Core and SuSE
Things to do Before You Start
Run Defraging tools
Scan for Spyware
Scan for Viruses
2 and 3 are for Windows users who are resizeing it if you are resizing a Linux partition you can ignore these.
Download A Copy of Slax
Here is the site you can get it from incase you don't have itCode:
Additional software for SLAX is provided in the form of compressed modules. The usage is very simple, just add your downloaded module to /modules/ directory on the CD to include it in SLAX permanently, or use "uselivemod" command in SLAX to activate the module on the fly, while running SLAX.
Step 2:Once you have logged into Slax you must now Unmount all partitions by going into My Computer and you will se all of the drives you must now right click one it will give you an option to unmount it
You must do this for all of the drives or else the computer can't be partitioned
Step 4:This will startup QTparted,now you must choose which program you want QTParted to use for resizing ntfs this guide uses ntfsprogs
Step 5:Now we begin the process of resizeing the hard drive
1.Select the /dev/hda for IDE or /dev/sda for a SCSI drive on the left, then you should see its info on the right
2.Select the Windows partition and right-click on it, then select Resize.
3.Next you'll see the Resize Partition dialog.
4.Enter the size you want for your existing Windows XP partition and click OK.
This can be done in Gigabytes or Megabytes
6.Just click Yes on the confirmation dialog.
7.You'll see the progress dialog and when it's done click the OK button
8.Now Select File then Quit to exit QTParted
9.You should now boot into Windows XP it will then detect the partition that you have made.
Now boot back into QTParted the way you did before and Delete Fedora Core and the Swap Partition by right clicking it and hitting delete
Now you should have Windows and a bunch of free space.
Both Should be Unformatted
1 Partiition for Fedora Core
Unformatted means that no file system is currently on it.
A file system is on it whenever you install an Operating System to it.
Some examples of filesystems include
Step 7:Now Install Fedora Core by Booting the install cd as if you were going to boot Slax
Step 8:Install Suse 9.3 using swap already created from installing Fedora Core and putting Grub on the MBR
Grub can be put anywhere but for this tutorial we are going to be put on the MBR so SuSE becomes the bootloader.
The computer should now be restarted I you will be shown the SuSE Grub Bootloader which contains Windows,SuSE and Fedora Core.
The computer can now Triboot
Make sure you don't put Swap for SuSE on the partition where you are going to install SuSE to. By default SuSE should make a Swap partition or detect a Swap that is on the computer and mount it.For Installing new linux distros install to the partition so SuSE Grub doesn't get overwritten
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