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Author Topic: Dual booting dilema LILO and GRUB - VL and Mint6  (Read 2097 times)
geotribe
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« on: February 06, 2009, 09:13:43 pm »

Hello

Could anyone help me please.
I have been triple booting Mint 6 with Puppy 412 and VL 5.9.0. Yesterday I removed my Puppy and VL5.9.0 and  installed my VL 5.9.1 on the combined new partition. I needed it bigger so that i would install more packages from the bonus disc. Unfortunately I am now failing to dual boot Vector with Mint. I installed LILO on the boot (no MBR) and edited my GRUB on Mint by adding the following paragraph:


title Vector LInux
root (hd0,1)
kernel (hd0,1)/boot/vmlinux-2.6.25.14 root=/dev/hda2 ro splash=silent
initrd (hd0,1)/boot/initrd
boot

#My / partition for VL is sda 2

Previously my VL5.9.0 could not connect to my wireless internet and so i did not want to risk failing to boot my Mint
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MikeCindi
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009, 06:41:14 am »

You could rerun grub setup in Mint to detect the new partition/install of VL. Not sure of the specific steps to do so though.
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geotribe
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2009, 12:22:26 pm »

Mike, maybe you've dual booted Vector before? Doesn't it recognise other distros?  The reason why I did not install MBR is because I thought it might just not recognise Mint. My main problem is with LILO. How do I re-run grub? I thought I could just re-install Vector and see if it does recognise Mint - meaning LILO will be duall booting a distro that is using grub (Mint)
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MikeCindi
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2009, 12:48:21 pm »

Lilo should recognize the other OS on you machine. As root you can run vliloconf or do the same with vasm (to reinstall lilo). There will need to be a boot loader in MBR of your disk unless you are going to boot from a floppy or CD.

I'm not sure how to reinstall grub under Mint but this post should help: http://linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=7289&p=45672&hilit=reload+grub#p45672.

I have multi-booted with XP/Vista, Mint, and a few installs of VL but never had occasion to change grub.
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geotribe
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2009, 01:17:52 pm »

Thanks. I hope I am clear. I am still in mint. It is VL that is not recognised. Will try to mount VL from inside Mint. Have also just downloaded the Super Grub Disk to try it. Will be back hopefully with good news
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2009, 12:42:42 pm »

Thanks. I hope I am clear. I am still in mint. It is VL that is not recognised. Will try to mount VL from inside Mint. Have also just downloaded the Super Grub Disk to try it. Will be back hopefully with good news

Looking at what you entered, I'm not sure if you made a typo when entering it here, or in your Mint menu.lst.

Code:
title Vector LInux
root (hd0,1)
kernel (hd0,1)/boot/vmlinux-2.6.25.14 root=/dev/hda2 ro splash=silent
initrd (hd0,1)/boot/initrd
boot

It should be vmlinuz, not vmlinux.

If you are using Grub, you should skip installing Lilo - no need for it at all. Just add an entry for Vector, as you have above ( Smiley but a correct one...) and that should work fine. I use one copy of Grub to boot 4 different Linux distributions at the moment.

paul.

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geotribe
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2009, 10:36:50 pm »

Thanks Paul. I have had to re-install Vector - which then failed to recognise Mint. And I had to re-install Mint - which recognised Vector. Yeh! that vimlinuz instead of vmlinux was just a typographic error. The spelling was ok in my menu.lst
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geotribe
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2009, 10:38:50 pm »

Next time I will NOT install LILO at all when I am duall booting if I can help it.. Thanks.
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2009, 03:11:04 pm »

There really is no reason not to install lilo if you understand how to add the other distro (in this case Mint) by editing /etc/lilo.conf and running lilo -v.   My entries for Ubuntu should be similar to your entries for Mint.

My system is triple boot (VL 6.0 Standard, Ubuntu Netbook Remix 8.04 LTS, and CloneZilla Live).  Here is what my /etc/lilo.conf file looks like:

Code:
# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
#
# Start LILO global section
append="resume=/dev/hda5"
boot = /dev/sda
default = vector-linux-6
compact
prompt
timeout = 100
# Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:
change-rules
  reset
bitmap = /boot/bitmap/boot.bmp
# VESA framebuffer console @ bootsplash-med
vga = 788
# 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: Vector Linux GUI mode
image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = /dev/sda2
    label = vector-linux-6
    append = "splash=silent resume=/dev/hda5"
    read-only
    initrd = /boot/initrd
# Partition 2: Linux TUI mode
image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = /dev/sda2
    label = vector-tui
    append = "2 splash=silent resume=/dev/hda5"
    read-only
    initrd = /boot/initrd
# Partition 3:  Ubuntu Netbook Remix 8.04 LTS
image = /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-lpia
    root = /dev/sda1
    label = ubuntu
    append = "boot=disk splash quiet ht=on"
    read-only
    initrd = /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-lpia
# Partition 4:  Ubuntu Single User Mode
image = /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-lpia
    root = /dev/sda1
    label = ubuntu-single
    append = "boot=disk single"
    read-only
    initrd = /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-lpia
# Partition 5:  Recovery (Clonezilla Live)
image = /boot/vmlinuz1
    root = /dev/sda4
    label = recovery
    append = "boot=live union=aufs bootfrom=/dev/sda4 ip=frommedia -t quiet"
    read-only
    initrd = /boot/initrd1.img

HTH,
Cait
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