General :: Multi Boot - Install A New Distro And Remove The Old One?

Apr 11, 2010

I have a laptop dual booting to Windows 7 and Opensuse 11.2. However, I'd like to switch to a different Linux distro (probably Ubuntu, that's what I'm used to)

Is there a way for me to do it without losing the Windows 7 setup/data?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Does Windows 7 Install Remove Multi Boot

Mar 31, 2010

I plan to clean install Windows 7 on my system ( currently windows XP ). At the moment I have Windows XP professional together with Linux Ubuntu and I want to keep using Ubuntu. When I do the clean install for Windows 7 Professional, does it leave the multi-bootloader in place? If not, what should I do to bring the multiboot-loader back? I have a CD of Ubuntu My installed Ubuntu is version

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General :: Ubuntu - How To Remove A Partition A Multi-boot Machine

Jun 11, 2011

I have 4 OSes installed:

Windows XP on sda1
Backtrack on sda5-6
Ubuntu 11.04 on sda7-8
Ubuntu 10.10 on sda9-10

I want to remove Ubuntu 11.04 (partitions sda7-8). I tried using GParted from Ubuntu 10.10, but it says that I have to unmount logical partitions with a number higher than the one being removed.

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General :: Install A Distro On A Macbook And Remove The OS X?

Jul 11, 2011

I've been dabbling into linux by installing Wubi on my main computer, out of ease to install, but I use windows to do many things I'm not sure if I could do as easily in linux. Anyway, I had a macbook before I got my new main computer, and have been wondering if I can install linux on my macbook to test out other distros without potentially endangering my main computer (out of complete idiocy on my part, of course). Is this possible? Is there any specific "guide" out to do this?

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OpenSUSE Install :: Create A Live Multi-distro Usb?

Oct 12, 2010

I'd like to put both the 32-bit and 64-bit OSS 11.3 onto a 2GB usb stick from their respective Live CD ISOs. I tried to make a partitions on the usb ( 1GB ) each, and then dd each ISO to separate partitions, make 1 of the partition bootable. But that doesn't work, even from the bootable partition. Any suggestions how to achieve that goal? Ideally there would be a main boot loader, which then provides option to boot each of the distro.

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General :: Possible To Install More Than One Distro On Multiple Boot PC

Mar 28, 2011

If I can install more than one distro on my Multiple boot pc. I already have, Mandriva, Win xp, and Win 7 on. But you know how it is, you want to try out all the linux systems if that is possible. I guess using a live cd would allow me to do it. I do not want to bugger up the systems I already have on.

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General :: Cannot Interrupt Boot Sequence To Re-install Different Distro

Jan 3, 2011

I have a box with Novell Suse linux installed. It asks for username and password I do not have and cannot figure out. I also have a SantaFe distro CD with which I would like to replace the Suse on the box. I cannot get the box to BIOS to change the boot order to boot from CD. I would like to break free of Windows, but can't seem to get there from here...

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General :: Remove A Distro From A Computer Multibooting With Windows?

Jul 25, 2010

i installed ubuntu to multiboot with windows 7 but i don't know how to remove it to where its just windows again you can't delete the partiton ecause grub comes up how do i make it go back to the way it was before i installed ubuntu

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General :: Multi Boot Grub - All Systems Recognized But 10.10 Will Not Boot - Cannot Locate The UUID Specified

Dec 20, 2010

Problem: I have installed two Ubuntu servers, 10.04 32-bit and 10.10 64-bit, in a multi-boot environment (also have FDOS and WinXPsp3). The 64-bit will not boot because grub can't find the UUID for the disk with the 64-bit system.

Brief Background: Installed 10.04 LTS two months ago with no problems. 10.04 is in a primary partition on hda with FDOS.

Installed 10.10 (64-bit) in a new primary partition on the same hd. The install seemed to go ok, but the MBR and the fs on the 10.04 were corrupted; could not boot. Restored drive, and rebuilt grub.

Installed 10.10 on separate hd (hdb). In grub step all OS's were recognized so I pointed the grub to hda. Grub failed to boot.

Rebuilt grub from 10.04 on hda. All systems recognized but 10.10 will not boot because it says it cannot locate the UUID specified.

Compared the grub.cfg for both systems, the UUID specified for hdb is the same. Also, when I mount the drive for 10.10 on the 10.04 system the drive UUID is consistent.

I know I must be missing some thing, but I know not what. Have searched and can't find any clues. All other OS's boot ok.

Hardware: AMD64 4GB, 2 internal IDE drives (hda and hdb), 1 internal SATA (hdc WinXP), various USB and Firewire Drives (no bootable systems).

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OpenSUSE Install :: Multi Boot Xp / 11.1 On Usb Drive?

Oct 13, 2010

i have windows xp on main hard drive and installed 11.1 on a usb drive now i have to have the usb to boot windows , and i have to pick windows from the boot loader , any way to remove this as i don't need to usb anymore .

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General :: Install - 'boot Error' And Must Restart And Remove Usb

Feb 22, 2011

i got a new laptop today, i bought it just to use linux. i but the iso on my usb and it works fine on the pc, but when i try it on my new laptop i am getting 'boot error' and must restart and remove usb. iso: ubuntu-10.10-desktop-amd64.iso laptop: [URL]

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OpenSUSE Install :: Multi-boot With Windows And Mandriva

Jan 2, 2010

In some spooky way I managed to install Mandriva and have windows in all its flavours in working order, however Suse is still a challenge too far. I have one partition to spare, divided it up into one main and one for swap and tried to get the installer to understand that one should be / and the other swap and that they had to be formatted to ext4. I think I succeeded in doing that. However, I then want to get a working bootloader with working entries for Windows AND Mandriva. The installer wants to know all kinds of stuff and I have no clue what to tell it in order to have a working bootloader or GRUB or whatever.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Dual Boot Query - Install 11.3 Along Side Distro?

Jul 21, 2010

It would be convenient if i could simply install 11.3 along side my Ubuntu distro. I see yast enables me to reduce my sda1 and create a new partition, (sda3) However it offers to mount sda3 in /usr ? Could you offer me any advice please? My objective is to be able to select which distro from the grub menu.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Unable To [ Multi ] Boot Into Newly Installed Suse 11.2?

Mar 8, 2010

I suspect this is a 'new Grub' problem. I installed OpenSuse 11.2 from DVD into one (sda10) of several partitions (the others containing other operating systems):-

/dev/sda1 * 1 63 506016 6 FAT16
/dev/sda2 64 4865 38572065 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 64 960 7205121 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 961 1859 7221186 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 1860 2759 7229218+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 2760 3026 2144646 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda9 3027 3924 7213153+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda10 3925 4865 7558551 83 Linux

I use NT Boot Loader for the multi-booting on the basis of chain-loading the boot sector of Linux partitions. (It is not destroyed by MS re-installations; and is actually very easy to use). I also have an older Grub shell boot floppy which can do likewise:- root (hd0,x)chainloader +1 boot FWIW I found the disc partition & boot loader parts of the installation a nightmare. Difficult to know what it is going to do; and I am sure it *did* fiddle with parts I asked it to avoid. Horribly, it did *not* make me a dedicated Suse boot floppy like I checked. (This is always the safest boot option for a new install: it leaves the present boot system intact, and provides an independant way of loading your latest. You can refine things later). I had also checked to have the boot sector on the *root partition*.

I have never been able to get into the Suse. NT Loader does not like the partition boot sector. Nor does (an older) Grub from its boot floppy. I have tried the DVD in 'system repair' mode, when it finds things wrong and corrects them, same next time... It offers a way of directly booting a selected system; that did not work.

Any suggestions? I can provide more precise error msgs, but it is tedious; and system repair from DVD dicey. I feel that *the partition boot sector is not being properly set up*.And I want to be able to make a dedicated boot floppy; how? I have an identical problem with Ubuntu, which makes me think it is related to the 'new' Grub.

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General :: Multi Boot XP With A Unix Like OS?

Jan 20, 2010

I want to code some simple personal projects on the Unix-like partition while doing everything else on my XP partition. Can someone recommend the solution that takes up the smallest footprint in size and processing power that still delivers value? I want to learn how to code in a Unix environment.

I'm trying Cygwin but my first impression is its a bit clumsy. Would a dual boot with BeOS be better? And how would I do it? EDIT: I need to be able to run both OS'es at the same time. This is very important for me. my laptop is pretty crappy and that's why I ask for something that has a low CPU/RAM footprint.

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General :: Multi Boot Dvd For Dumbasses?

Jan 16, 2010

I'm looking for a quick an dumbass noobies proof why of creating a multi boot dvd, the distro's that i want on the disc are;

mint 8 (custom 1gb iso created with remastersys as a live dist)
knoppix v6.2cd (690.99mb)
nimblex (custom 527.1mb build created on nimblex website)
parted magic (49.9mb)
puppy 4.3.1 (104.9mb)

i have done some googling and it's gone right over my head so if theres a dumbass noob based way please could someone share it or a gui based app similar to unetbootin-377

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General :: Setting Up A Multi Boot System With GRUB?

Aug 20, 2010

There are lots of OSs and Linux dists to install on your netbook, and I want to make it as easy as possible to install, remove and switch between them.

Just installing a dist and then another one after it will replace the GRUB boot screen every time, and some dists might override previous GRUB menus entirely.

On a previous machine I created a GRUB partition which chain-loads GRUB for each dist, but now I can't remember how I did it.

The hard drive is currently empty, since I started playing around with repartitioning. What is the easiest way to install GRUB to a partition? Links are welcome, but please no generic "install GRUB" guides because the ones I've found haven't been relevant to my particular situation (empty hard drive, multi boot environment, no CD/floppy)..

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General :: Adding Fedora 13 To A Multi-boot Setup?

Jul 17, 2010

I am currently booting 4 flavors of Linux - Ubuntu 10.04, Xubuntu 10.04, Linux Mint 9 KDE RC and Linux Mint 9 Gnome. There is so little difference between Ubuntu Gnome with the right packages installed and Linux Mint 9 it is redundant and I would like to replace it with Fedora 13 and try that out for a while. I understand that Fedora still uses a legacy Grub while the others are all using Grub2. I also understand that the two bootloaders do not get along. Is there a way to do that? How? If I have Fedora install its legacy Grub to the Fedora partition will Grub2 see Fedora and update itself properly? I'm open to starting clean if that would simplify things.

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General :: Multi-booting, Can't Boot Windows 7 Anymore?

Aug 2, 2011

I have Linux Mint and Windows 7 installed on my laptop, and recently tried tinkering with EasyBCD, to use the Windows multi-boot loader instead of grub. Well, that didn't work out too well, because I ended up with the Windows boot loader with two options, Windows 7 and Linux Mint, however the Linux Mint entry just redirected me to grub, which wasn't what I intended.

I tried to put things the way they were, with grub as the only boot loader, and figured I'd do so by setting EasyBCD to skip the multi boot screen and going straight to the Linux Mint entry, which corresponds to grub.Well, now when I boot, I get the grub screen, but if I select the Windows 7 entry, it just redirects me back to grub, so I can't access Windows 7 right now. What can I do to fix this? Can I edit the Windows boot loader from within Linux?

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General :: Share Files Between Windows 7 On A Dual/multi Boot Computer?

Jan 26, 2010

Just go myself a new computer and thinking of how set it up. I have win7 HP and will probably install at least some version of Ubuntu on it shortly to have dual boot. Might come other Linux distros too in the future. I have a 1TB HDD and my question is what's the smartest way to share files on all OS's? In what format?

I was thinking of ~100GB for Windows for apps and games etc. ~20-50GB for Ubuntu and some third partition, where I store my common files like media, pics, docs, downloads and stuff, taking the rest of the free space.

What filesystem should the shared partition be? Is there some smart way to get windows home directories and linux home directories to point to the same place on the shared partition or would it be recommended to just keep them separated?

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General :: Not Able To Boot Distro In 2nd HDD

Apr 9, 2011

I am not able to boot distros installed in my /dev/sda HDD. I was using the linux distros in sda for a long time now. But, suddenly it has stopped booting. So, temporarily i have install a new one on sdb so that the problem can be fixed. That HDD is also not showing up in my BIOS boot priority list.

fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders, total 78165360 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x5454455

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 63 31888079 15944008+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 61433854 78043135 8304641 5 Extended
/dev/sda3 * 42456960 61432559 9487800 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 31889408 42436607 5273600 6 FAT16
/dev/sda5 77723648 78043135 159744 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 61433856 77721599 8143872 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order
Disk /dev/sdb: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 10337 cylinders, total 156301488 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x454545545

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 15181 50682239 25333529+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdb2 * 50682240 156295439 52806600 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb5 15183 14348879 7166848+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb6 14348943 25613279 5632168+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb7 25613343 50682239 12534448+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

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General :: Boot Any Usb Distro From Floppy

Mar 22, 2011

I have an old laptop I'd like to try Bodhi linux on from a usb stick. I've got it installed running on a newer laptop so I know the usb install works. I've searched considerably & haven't found the dummy version of how to boot any distro on usb from a floppy. I have used a DSL floppy to boot Damn small on usb. Is there an easy way to boot Bodhi or any other linux distro that is on usb using the same floppy? I type dsl fromusb to get damnsmall to run. Bodhi fromusb doesn't work.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Cannot Install - Or Any Other Based Distro - Just Hangs - Still Showing The Menu Of Boot Options

Mar 11, 2011

I bought a new NVidia Asus EN210 for my HTPC, but I can't get Ubuntu to install.

First I made a live USB disk of 10.10 with Unetbootin and when I choose the option of "try Ubuntu" it starts loading and then just hangs, still showing the menu of boot options. After this I tried Xubuntu on a USB disk. This one also starts loading but then just fails. I also tried XBMC Live. This one does show the Ubuntu 10.04 screen but then just shows a black screen.

After this I found a CD with Ubuntu 10.04, I think or it is 10.10, laying around in my room. I booted it and once I select an option from the install menu it starts to load, but then just gives a black screen with a flashing "-" sign.

The strange thing is, once I pop in the old video card, which is an ATI HD4350, my Ubuntu 10.10 Live CD on USB disk does work and it does get past the menu of boot options (in my second paragraph I describe how this isn't the case with Ubuntu 10.10 combined with my NVidia card).

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Ubuntu :: How To Remove A Distro In Grub

Dec 12, 2010

I can't figure out how to remove a Ubuntu distro in grub that I no long have installed. I have Win 7, Ubuntu 10.4 installed but when I boot my grub menu shows Win 7, Ubuntu 10.4 and Ubuntu 10.10 that I have removed from my hard drive but still shows up in the menu. I have been trying many commands in the terminal menu to edit grub but nothing shows me how to remove a menu entry.

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General :: Distro With Diskettes For Floppy Boot Setup That Supports USB

Mar 15, 2011

Situation- Laptop (2003 made Toshiba 2410) with dead secondary controller, so no CDDVD drive, BIOS does not support any form of booting from USB. Laptop has working floppy (had to repair it) distros that are good for older units like that that also support booting from diskettes, and then can mount and install from a USB CDDVD rom drive.

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General :: Why Can't Boot A Dell Poweredge 2950 With Any Tools Distro

Jun 15, 2011

I have been trying to do some testing with server cloning and partitioning and hit some walls. The server is question is a Dell PowerEdge 2950 and the Distro's I have tried are :-

Parted Magic 6.2 & 6.2

The problem is a little strange is that the console appears to keep reporting either unreadable sectors on sr0 for clonezilla till SQUASHFS fails to load/locate and it panic's or in the case of Parted Magic.. copying files to RAM ..cp: read error: Input/output error

Mounting pmagic-6.2.sqfs... mount: wrong fstype, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/loop1, missing codepage or helper program, or other error In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so Mounting //sqfs_disk/pmagic-6.2.sqfs failed.

type "exit" to reboot the computer

Now the only problem here is I can't check the log's or dmesg the thing because it freezes the KVM and as I am offsite I have no spares with me Parted Magic does boot on a number of other servers like the R900 but will not boot at all here, I have tried safemode and disabling various other flag's but I must be missing something.

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General :: Adding Existing Distro Back To Boot Loader?

Mar 19, 2011

Have 3 linux distros on 3 hard drives. lost one distro from boot loader. how do I restore missing distro to boot loader? drive was not written to when one distro (drive) was updated.Example drives a, b, and c each had listing on boot loader, now after upgrade to distro on drive b order on boot loader is drive b then a and none for c.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Remove One Distro Without Harming The Other?

May 10, 2011

I have the following on my hard drive

Ubuntu 11.04
Mint 10.0
Windows 7

I would like to remove Mint and recover that space for Ubuntu, but since I installed Mint last, I think it is "in charge" of the grub bootloader, so I figured if I just expanded the ubuntu partition then I would lose the bootloader and not be able to log into anything. Is this the case? what is the best way to remove mint while still preserving the grub menu.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Remove Add That Bit Of Space To New Distro

Jun 7, 2011

So this morning i booted Xubuntu in an effort to replace Fedora 15, basically just getting a feel for all sorts of different distros. although it was slightly more confusing that the others i've tried on install because i had to manually configure partitions, and prompt didn't give a description really of which was which, so i took a shot in the dark at which was fedora to overwrite, and hoped i didn't remove win7 so all went well, but it appears Fedora is still in my system, using roughly 50GB still, it won't boot. but it is in the boot menu, and i can see it from Xubuntu. Can i remove this to add that bit of space to my new distro? or would i have to reinstall xubuntu Seems to be mostly just old folders and such, but it's being shown as a device. I don't see it in Gparted i don't think.

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General :: Distro - Nominate A Disastrous Distro From Past Or Present

Jan 9, 2010

nominate a disastrous distro from past or present that was simply AWFUL and what exactly was so bad about it?

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