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Hi folks, I would be grateful for your assistance with multi-bootloading config issue, please. I installed Mandriva last, after I installed Vista, Ubuntu, and Xandros. I selected graphical Grub as ...
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- 08-05-2008 #1
[SOLVED] How do I fix Xandros entry in Mandriva's menu.lst file?
I installed Mandriva last, after I installed Vista, Ubuntu, and Xandros. I selected graphical Grub as the boot loader during the Mandriva installation process.
menu.lst in Mandriva contains this entry, which fails to boot Xandros
title Xandros kernel (hd0,8)/boot/vmlinuz-188.8.131.52-desktop586-1mnb BOOT_IMAGE=Xandros root=UUID=862cf791-4589-41fb-bc2e-436689e6327f initrd (hd0,8)/boot/initrd.img
I'm pretty sure Vista is on sda1, Ubuntu is on sda7, Xandros is on sda8, and Mandriva is on sda9
Here's Mandriva's entries for Mandriva:
title Mandriva One (sda9, resume=sda6, 800x600) kernel (hd0,8)/boot/vmlinuz BOOT_IMAGE=Mandriva_One_(sda9,_resume=sda6 root=UUID=862cf791-4589-41fb-bc2e-436689e6327f resume=/dev/sda6 splash=silent vga=788 initrd (hd0,8)/boot/initrd.img title Mandriva One - failsafe kernel (hd0,8)/boot/vmlinuz BOOT_IMAGE=Mandriva_One_-_failsafe root=UUID=862cf791-4589-41fb-bc2e-436689e6327f failsafe initrd (hd0,8)/boot/initrd.img
title Ubuntu 8.04.1 root (hd0,6) configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst
thanks in advance!
- 08-05-2008 #2
- Join Date
- Oct 2007
- Tucson AZ
If your Xandros is on sda8, you need to change the entry for Xandros in the Mandriva menu.lst to (hd0,7). Look at you menu.lst, you have the same partition selected for Mandriva and Xandros: so if Mandriva boots with that entry, you need to change the entry for Xandros as indicated above.
- 08-05-2008 #3
Would Xandros care about whether it is booted from grub or lilo?
Do I need to look at the lilo config files on the partition where Xandros resides to figure out the file names for menu.lst, and also for which command line parameters to pass to the invocation of vmlinuz? If so, which LILO files will tell me what I need to know?
- 08-05-2008 #4
Mount partition of Xandros in Mandriva and post the name of all files stored in its /boot folder. Post the contents of /etc/fstab file of Xandros.
- 08-05-2008 #5
Here's the list of files in the /boot folder for Xandros:
total 2734 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 368 2008-07-28 17:37 ./ drwxr-xr-x 23 root root 560 2008-07-28 13:35 ../ -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 512 2008-07-28 13:34 boot.0800 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 512 2008-07-28 13:34 boot.0808 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 68982 2006-10-18 13:06 config-2.6.18-dcc-smp -rw-r--rw- 1 root root 379602 2008-07-28 17:37 initrd-2.6.18-dcc-smp.gz -rw------- 1 root root 50688 2008-07-28 17:37 map -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 24038 2006-08-23 14:56 splash.lilo lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 25 2008-07-28 13:32 System.map -> System.map-2.6.18-dcc-smp -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 837663 2006-10-18 13:06 System.map-2.6.18-dcc-smp -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1417594 2006-10-18 13:06 vmlinuz-2.6.18-dcc-smp
# /etc/fstab -- static file system information # auto generation: on # generated by: /sbin/etcdev2fstab # # NOTE: to make this file readable, it has been formatted for 132 columns # #<device> <mountpoint> <fstype> <options> <dbg> <pass> /dev/sda8 / reiserfs rw,usrquota,grpquota 0 0 /dev/sda1 /disks/C ufsd rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,nouser,async,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1 0 0 /dev/sda2 /disks/D ufsd rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,nouser,async,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1 0 0 /dev/sda5 /disks/E vfat rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,nouser,async,fmask=111,dmask=0 0 0 /dev/sda9 /disks/sda9 ext3 defaults 0 0 /dev/sda7 /disks/ubuntu ext3 defaults 0 0 /dev/cdroms/hda /media/cdrom0 iso9660 ro,nosuid,nodev,exec,user,noauto,async,unhide 0 0 proc /proc proc rw 0 0 usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs rw,devmode=0666 0 0 /dev/sda6 none swap sw 0 0
- 08-05-2008 #6
Add this code in Mandriva's menu.lst file :
title Xandros root (hd0,7) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-dcc-smp ro root=/dev/sda8 initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.18-dcc-smp.gz
- 08-05-2008 #7
When I attempted to use that entry, I got a lot of text flying by, but it finally ended with this:
VFS: Cannot open root device "sda8" or unknown - block (0,0)
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown - block(0,0)
- 08-05-2008 #8
I hate to suggest this, but would it make sense for me to re-install Xandros and let the Xandros installation process find Ubuntu, Vista, and Mandriva, and use its LILO boot-loader from this point forward?
(I don't know enough yet to prefer Grub versus LILO, but I think Grub is newer and more flexible). I have not done anything in the Xandros system, so there's no data or configurations or preferences to lose if I were to re-install it.
It just doesn't seem fair - it seems like Xandros is less flexible and not as good as Ubuntu and Mandriva...
(It's the non-free one, Desktop Pro or something like that; I didn't use it enough to even remember the name)
Anyone have any opinions on giving up and re-installing Xandros? Would it be possible afterwards to change Xandros' boot loading to Grub afterwards?
Would Vista's BCD & EasyBCD be even easier & better than either Grub or LILO? (I'm trying to create a quadruple-boot machine)
thanks. I"m sorry to be such a pain in the butt. I attempted to use support.xandros.com, but their web page doesn't display correctly for me (in FF or IE), so I'm not able to navigate their site to get help there.
- 08-05-2008 #9
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- Oct 2007
- Tucson AZ
Grub is easier than either vista bootloader (even with EasyBCD) or Lilo, but I guess that's a matter of opinion and what you know. You might try chainloading xandros. Change entry in Mandriva menu.lst for Xandros to:
chainloader (hd0,7) +1
Have you ever been able to boot into Xandros. The method above will start with Grub in Mandriva and switch over to Xandros' Lilo. Based on the message you got, I don't think it will work.
- 08-05-2008 #10