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#1 Mel

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 09:20 AM

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.

#2 Mel

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 08:44 AM

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.

#3 danleff

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 12:37 PM

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.

#4 Mel

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 06:09 AM

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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