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    quad boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Fedora 17, openSUSe, and Slackware

    okay so i was in the middle of trying to make a quad boot rig
    with Ubuntu 12.04, Fedora 17, openSUSE, and Slackware
    i installed Ubuntu like normal, and had it only use 1/4 of the hard drive.
    it said that i didnt have any swap space but that i would still run
    and it did, so i restarted and let it boot from the drive
    installed 400 somethin updates then shut it down and installed Fedora 17
    thats when $h!t hit the fan
    i told it to use the free space on the HDD and partion off 40010 MB just like Ubuntu did
    it complained about the same thing
    and now when it boots it only sees Fedora in the GRUB menu

    any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated
    and how can i fix this?
    also when i go to install the other 2 what do i have to do differently?
    thanks

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    Re: quad boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Fedora 17, openSUSe, and Slackware

    Personally I would have installed Ubuntu last but that's because my main distro is Ubuntu.

    Have I done this before? One laptop currently has (on a single hard drive):
    Ubuntu 64 bit
    Ubuntu 32 bit
    Fedora 17
    OpenSuse 12.2 (KDE)
    Lubuntu
    Linux Mint14 64bit
    Linux Mint Debian


    I would also advise partitioning the hard drive FIRST, it makes it a lot easier.

    You now need to check how many partitions the Ubuntu and Fedora installs have created.

    Please supply content of
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    You need to update grub on what ever distro you want to be in control of boot and grub. To that point you may as well install themn all now then worry about it if the partitioning is ok.
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    Re: quad boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Fedora 17, openSUSe, and Slackware

    I have not installed Fedora, but it normally defaults to a separate /boot and LVM for the main install. If multi-booting the LVM adds complexity and gives none of the advantages of LVM in the way of moving partitions around.

    Advantages/Disadvantages LVM Post #9
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1586328

    Some have posted just to install Fedora to a preformatted partition.

    You can install Ubuntu's grub2 with Boot-Repair or the Ubuntu liveCD. If Fedora is in the LVM you have to add the lvm2 driver & mount the Fedora partition before running a sudo update-grub to get os-prober to find the Fedora partition.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...ing%20GRUB%202
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...ta/7Bootloader


    Boot Repair -Also handles LVM, GPT, separate /boot and UEFI dual boot.:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: quad boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Fedora 17, openSUSe, and Slackware

    I think oldfred has hit the nail on the head. I installed fedora some time ago as a dual boot, or that was my intention, with ubuntu, and found that it completely messed up the two hard disks' partitions with the LVM that it uses by default. Luckily I made it put grub on the second of the two disks, keeping ubuntu's grub on the first disk, so I could still use both OSs by booting to the appropriate disk.

    Ubuntu's grub did not see fedora, and I could not mount the fedora partition at all in ubuntu until I asked on this forum and was informed about LVM and the problems it added. I have since tried fedora a few more times, most recently fedora 17, but then I manually partitioned, just as I do when I install ubuntu, so did not have the LVM problem. However, it did not stay on the machine for long; I just could not get to grips with the fedora way of doing things, particularly its package management, which I found unwieldy and not as good as apt-get etc etc
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 12.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo

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    Re: quad boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Fedora 17, openSUSe, and Slackware

    so why does the Swap partion have to be a primary partion?
    it wont let me make the last little 4 GB part of my HDD a swap partion

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    Re: quad boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Fedora 17, openSUSe, and Slackware

    Swap doesn't have to be a primary. I have a system where swap is logical (within an Extended) partition and seems to work fine.

    I can't answer you much more since you, for what ever reason, have decided not to share the layout of your hard drive.
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    Re: quad boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Fedora 17, openSUSe, and Slackware

    i was busy installing the other OS to the HDD and posted it from my Vista machine
    i have my linux machine on the VGA input of my primary monitor
    and running FF on my second 22" on my Vista machine

    as requested

    Code:
    [sudo] password for allen: 
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 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: 0x000a7b7f
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1            2048    78145535    39071744   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2        78145536   160086015    40970240   83  Linux
    /dev/sda3   *   160086016   243978239    41946112   83  Linux
    /dev/sda4       243980288   304771303    30395508   83  Linux
    [allen@linux ~]$ ^C
    [allen@linux ~]$

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    Re: quad boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Fedora 17, openSUSe, and Slackware

    and this is what i face now
    its attached
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    Re: quad boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Fedora 17, openSUSe, and Slackware

    Sorry for delay... Dinner beckoned.

    You can't have more than four primary partitions.

    Your choices are:
    1. Up to four primary
    2. Up to three primary + an Extended.

    Within an extended partition you can have over 100 "logical" partitions. I'll admit I'm not knowledgable with LVM partitions as someone mentioned but doesn't look like that's an issue.

    If I were you I'd do this:
    Start again.
    You can though keep whatever is in sda1 (guessing ubuntu).
    Delete the others.
    Create a swap as sda2 (you don't have too, it can go anywhere within the extended partition...).
    Create an extended partition with the remaining space.
    Add as many partitions within that as you need.

    Will attach example in a minute.
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    Last edited by Mr_JMM; November 21st, 2012 at 02:20 AM.
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    Re: quad boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Fedora 17, openSUSe, and Slackware

    sda1 is Ubuntu
    oddly enough openSUSE can see Fedora 17 and Ubuntu and makes them available in a grub menu
    sadly i dont see my Slackware install
    but im not going to cry over spilled milk
    im thinking ill just delete the slackware partiton
    and make an extended partition for storage.... or something

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