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UBUNTU to the RESCUE

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You just finished installing that brand new distro.

It's time to check those other OS's,see if they load OK.

You hit "reboot" amd run for the coffee pot.

You hurry back to choose an OS and ......

???HEY???? What happened to SUSE ? Where's Gentoo ?

Slackware's gone too !

 

Don't despair , it's time for "UBUNTU to the RESCUE ."

 

Problem ; Multiple OS's installed on the same drive, just

different partitions.

There is a good chance some distros ,like Mandrake, will

only list the first OS it finds on each HD.

Others ,like Mepis, sometimes like to think it's the only

OS worth mentioning.

 

If you set up a logical drive for each OS on a hard drive,

almost all distros would probably find them all.But , hey,

how many of us actually take the time to do that ? Not to

mention the noobees that don't know how.

 

My solution:

Well,since I'm not good at editing MBRs, I keep a few gigs

free on at least one HD and a UBUNTU install disk handy.

I just install UBUNTU and so far it's found every OS on

all drives and added them to the boot list no matter how

the drives are set up.

 

There are probably a few setups that can stump UBUNTU but

I haven't found them yet.

 

Hope this helps somebody.

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Use ubuntu version 4.10 to find your OS's.

I tried upgrading to version 5.04.

Well, everything looked fine,until I booted

windows.

I don't know if it's just my machine,but

with version 5.04,after booting windows,

version 5.04 says all the OS's are not

valid operating systems and refuses to

boot anything.

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Originally posted by mel:

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Use ubuntu version 4.10 to find your OS's.

I tried upgrading to version 5.04.

 

That shows you that the latest is not always the best!

 

Quote:
Well, everything looked fine,until I booted

windows.

I don't know if it's just my machine,but

with version 5.04,after booting windows,

version 5.04 says all the OS's are not

valid operating systems and refuses to

boot anything.

 

That's what you get for booting Windows! 8)

 

I use Puppy Linux off the cd to recover my distro problems. Isn't it nice to find a good distro that does this recovery stuff for you?

 

I found that the older versions of Mepis are good for this too. The older versions place a nice icon for each partition on the desktop. Fix them all at once! Yep, I mess up all the time.

 

Also, SuSE 10 beta 2's grub has a wonderful graphic splash screen that is not butt ugly. It's now on my main system.

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If you see someone who never messes up, you're looking at

someone who doesn't have a computer.

 

For me ,older versions are usually better. Only thing I

get from newer versions is drivers. ( SUSE now has the

Suse version of LTwinmodem that is very easy to install

and works great with most Lucent winmodems.)

I usually use SUSE to access the internet but right now

I'm experimenting with ububtu and kubuntu (KDE version of ubuntu).

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