Dec 14, 2012

openSUSE Forums: Got dual boot, now going for quad-boot

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Got dual boot, now going for quad-boot
Dec 15th 2012, 00:29

So... I've got a laptop with Win7Pro across three primary partitions of a 500GB 7200RPM drive. I can get any *one* Linux distro - Mint, openSuSE, Scientific, etc. to dual-boot just fine. Getting the various distros to co-habitate nicely is proving to be a bit more of a pain.

Right now... sda5, 6, & 7 are 20GB logical partitions. sda8 is a 4GB swap partition, and sda9 is roughly 200GB of data storage space to be mounted under /srv/data in whichever distro I happen to be booted into - assuming I get that far.

Mint 14 is on sda5 right now, and was working pretty smoothly. I had intended to (re)install openSuSE to sda6, and then reboot back into Mint to reconfigure grub2 (last time I mucked about with a boot loader, it was called LILO...).

Problem is... the openSuSE installer didn't pick up Mint. No entry in grub2 for it all. Win7Pro, yes. SL, yes. Mint, no. I can mount sda5 from openSuSE and see the files on there, so I know I didn't wipe it out (whew!).

I've been looking through the grub2 section of the openSuSE 12.2 Reference manual, and at a couple current threads on the forum here, and at the grub2 tutorial over @ The former seem to address primarily dual boot with windows (got that part working), and the latter is a couple years old and some of the commands in there don't seem to work (can't be found on a fresh install of openSuSE).

At this point... I guess my questions would be:

  1. What do I have to do/change to get grub2 to see it during boot?
  2. If I'm going to be multi-booting between different distros as well as Windows, where is the best place to stick grub2 @ - root partition, MBR, where?
  3. For when I go to install another distro on this drive in sda7... what would be the recommended way to do so, so as to *not* end up wiping out or otherwise b0rking my previously configured grub2 setup?



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