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Author Topic: Dual-boot VL 5.9 / OpenSUSE 11.0 beta 1  (Read 1464 times)
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« on: April 20, 2008, 05:19:49 am »

Hi all,

I've had VL on my current desktop for some time.
Since I had a spare drive I wanted to put the latest beta of OpenSUSE on it and have it in dual-boot with VL. So at the moment my setup is a floows:

hda: 3 partitions (VL system, swap, /home),
hdb: data
hdc: 2 partitions (OpenSUSE system, plus some free space).

I've set up OpenSUSE to use hda's swap and /home so the data is common between the two systems.

My problem is that OpenSUSE's Grub wouldn't see my VL installation at all... I've tried to add it manually but I didn't really know what I was doing.
So I've put my good old VL disk back in the drive to restore Lilo. I've been offered to add the standard VL boot options, plus OpenSUSE - thus Lilo does see my OpenSUSE installation, except that it won't boot... Well at least I got my VL back which is the most important thing.

Now, I'd like to have either Grub or Lilo to boot either system... Here are my lilo.conf from VL and my menu.lst from OpenSUSE maybe one of you will be able to tell me how to set up one of them?
Note that I've tried to tweak the lilo.conf entry for OpenSUSE and got it to boot but with a lot of errors and it hangs in the middle of the process... This is probably due to the fact that although I have IDE drives, since 10.3 OpenSUSE sees them as SATA drives (thus it calls them sd*...). That's probably where my problem is - not sure though...

lilo.conf:
Code:
# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
#
# Start LILO global section
boot = /dev/hda
default = linux
compact
prompt
timeout = 100
# Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:
change-rules
  reset
bitmap = /boot/bitmap/boot.bmp
# VESA framebuffer console @ bootsplash-high
vga = 791
# Normal VGA console
# vga = normal
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# vga=791
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# vga=790
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# vga=773
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
# vga=788
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
# vga=787
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256
# vga=771
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
# vga=785
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
# vga=784
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
# vga=769


# End LILO global section
# Partition 1: Linux GUI mode
image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = /dev/hda1
    label = linux
    append = "splash=silent "
    read-only
    initrd = /boot/initrd
# Partition 2: Linux TUI mode
image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = /dev/hda1
    label = linux-tui
    append = "2 splash=silent "
    read-only
    initrd = /boot/initrd
# Partition 3: Linux GUI mode
image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = /dev/hda1
    label = linux-gui
    append = "4 splash=silent "
    read-only
    initrd = /boot/initrd
# Partition 4: Linux
image = /boot/tamu/vmlinuz-suse-hdc1
    root = /dev/hdc1
    label = OpenSUSE_11
    append = "resume=/dev/hda2 splash=silent showopts"
initrd = /boot/initrd-opensuse
    read-only

initrd-opensuse is a copy of the initrd I found in OpenSUSE's boot folder.

menu.lst from OpenSUSE's system partition:
Code:
# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on sam. avril 19 22:55:17 CEST 2008
default 0
timeout 8


###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title Vector Linux 5.9
    root (hd2,0)
    kernel (hd2,0) root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_IC35L040AVER07-_SXPTXJ52053-part2 vga=0x31a resume=/dev/sda2 splash=silent showopts
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25-rc9-17-pae


###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title Vector Linux 5.9
    kernel (hd2,0) root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_IC35L040AVER07-_SXPTXJ52053-part2 vga=0x31a resume=/dev/sda2 splash=silent showopts

All good ideas are welcome.

Thanks.

Seb.
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Pita
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2008, 05:09:16 pm »

On my old motherboard if I plugged the keyboard into a USB port I had no dual or multiple boot showing and I understand that is the case with some MB. I had to get an adaptor plug for the old PC2 port I have not yet checked  with my 'new' second hand MB.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2008, 01:21:21 am »

Hi,

You were obviously in a very particular case probably bios-related, but my problem is different.
I don't have a USB keyboard and anyway, with my last Lilo setup I can choose a system to boot, only the OpenSUSE one won't finish loading but it does start...

Seb.
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bigpaws
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2008, 06:02:40 am »

I searched OpenSuse forum for you. This should help:

http://www.suseforums.net/index.php?showtopic=48641&hl=grub

Bigpaws
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2008, 06:56:07 am »

It looks similar indeed...
Except that the guy gave up on SuSE's Grub and finaly uses Mandriva's Grub while VL has Lilo.
But I'll have a look at that page more in depth, maybe I'll find an idea that'd help me change my lilo.conf.

Seb.

edit: in my grub.lst above... Since VL is on hda1, shouldn't I have hd(0,0) instead of hd(2,0)? Wouldn't that be my problem?
hd(2,0) would mean hdc1, right? That's where OpenSUSE is...
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