Dual boot/Triple boot/Quad Boot
I'm currently running Windows 7, but am very interested in learning the ins and outs of Linux in general.
I can make Win7 dual boot with Ubuntu 11.10 or Fedora 16.
I want to know how to boot to Win7, Ubuntu 11.10, Fedora 16, and possible even more. I have a dedicated hard drive just for the Linux OSs.
The main thing I am wondering is this GRUB vs. GRUB2 thing. Apparently Ubuntu uses GRUB2 and so does OpenSUSE 12.1, and they will probably work fine in a triple boot scenario, but I haven't been able to find out whether Fedora 16 uses GRUB or GRUB2.
Any tips/hints/suggestions will be welcome. I want to be a Linux guy (except for MMOs in my spare time).
grub wont detect xp, EasyBCD wont detect Mint 11
As this is (after a time of lurking, i admit) my first post, i begin with:
Originally Posted by jonyo
Hallo to everyone!
I thought i had the solution to my problem when i learned about EasyBCD, but eehh... here i am, realizing that i need help in this matter, as it seems to be of the usual ways to handle multiboot scenarios.
I think this is the right place to introduce my question, but i am aware that i might be wrong and that it needs its own thread. Please tell me if you think this is the case. Ok now down to the matter at hand:
This was my OS-situation until shortly:
OS: preinstalled Win7 on sda1, Mint 11 on sda5
with the Mint install came grub (1.97 i think, though this is grub2 isnt it? )
it wrote itself in mbr and perfectly detected+integrated win7
this setup was pretty straight forward and perfectly working for me.
until recently when i came in the sorry state of having to install xp (for some reasons i want to spare you here, but as long as i understand virtualbox/wine are nogo's for my needs.)
what i did:
- i had to realize that there was some homework to be done (never had the need for more than two OS and bootloader was something to me that i knew exists, and that worked the way it should, so i never bothered to open the hood :-). now i would read(lurk) forums and how-to's searching on grub/grub2 and didnt found it to disencouraging, so i continued...)
- having a second internal drive with space, i made sdb1 the home of xp in addition to the above mentioned two OSes on sda.
- xp bootloader taking over everything
- boot Mint 11 via SuperGRUB cd, restoring grub2 to mbr
-beeing unable to boot into the xp on sdb1
- atempting to add winxp via 40_custom to /boot/grub/grub.cfg
- fiddeling arround, trying to figure out what the "bootmgr is missing" wanted to say
- trying to understand chainloading, reading i forums that grub2 doesnt like chainloading
- becoming uncertain what to do, trying to make sure grub looks in the right place for xp by fiddeling with adding uuid and reading about things like grub2s abbility to detect OSes and more.
-stumbling over EasyBCD. seemed tempting, looked promising so i gave it a shot.
- installed EasyBCD on win7, restored win7 bootloader to mbr, adding both xp and mint to the meny
- feeling like a champ when booting into xp.
- feeling like a fool when booting into mint wasnt working ("cannot find ang0/neogrub/autoneogrub on all drives") any more.
-reading, that EasyBCD should easily detect linux install/grub2 automatically whitch it did not. Not i my case anyway.
-realising the possibility of becomming active in the matter of asking for help here,
-struggeling with how to formulate the problem, and here i am...
Win7 on sda1, Mint 11 on sda5
winxp on sdb1
windows/easyBCD bootloader on sda mbr
grub on sda5 and sdb mbr
booting in win7/xp via bootloader possible
mint 11 only via Super grub cd
Goal: just beeing able to boot into all three systems without having to reinstall win7 or mint 11 as this are my working systems.
doesnt matter to me witch bootloader does it, as long as it works. i like to learn about things under the hood, but its starting to eat my days,
and at the end of the day i own a computer to use it (with closed hood ;-) and not to spend my days fiddeling.)
That said i still think there is maybe just a small peace of information wrong/missing/overlooked by me and iam gratefull for any suggestions on how to get to my goal.
I am aware of the likelyhood of having to post all kinds of results of boot-script-fdisk-I kind of information in order for you to be able to even understand my skribbling above. please go ahead and say what you need to know or where in the forum this kind of situation belongs instead.
ps: sorry for the long post...