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How do I add linux mint to my current grub?

Postby ditchmagnet on Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:35 pm

I already have another distro using its grub, so i choose not to install a boot loader during mint 5 installation. now i am trying to add it to the current grub i have, but i dont know how. what should i do?
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Re: How do I add linux mint to my current grub?

Postby ditchmagnet on Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:41 pm

i do know how to edit the menu.lst, but i just dont know what to enter in it
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Re: How do I add linux mint to my current grub?

Postby kansasnoob on Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:33 am

Well, here's a copy of mine from Mint where I'm triple booted with Win XP, Ubuntu Hardy, and Mint Elyssa, with Mint Elyssa booted, but with Hardy set as default boot in Startup Manager (oh and Startup manager is also set to save two kernels, that's why Hardy shows two kernels):

# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
# grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-legacy-doc/.

## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
# WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not change this entry to 'saved' or your
# array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
default 4

gfxmenu=/etc/grub/message.elyssa

## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout 10

# Pretty colours
color cyan/blue white/blue

## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line) and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
## password --md5 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXxx
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader +1
#
# title Linux
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
#

#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST

### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below

## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs

## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
# kopt=root=/dev/sda7 ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=(hd0,6)

## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
## alternative=false
# alternative=true

## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
## lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash vga=771

## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
## e.g. lockold=false
## lockold=true
# lockold=false

## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenhopt=

## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenkopt=console=tty0

## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
## altoptions=(recovery mode) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
## howmany=7
# howmany=2

## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
## memtest86=false
# memtest86=false

## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false

## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
## can be true or false
# savedefault=false

## ## End Default Options ##

title Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sda7 ro quiet splash vga=771
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

title Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic (recovery mode)
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sda7 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title Other operating systems:
root


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda1
title Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
root (hd0,0)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for an existing
# linux installation on /dev/sda5.
title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic (on /dev/sda5)
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ro splash vga=771 quiet
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic
savedefault
boot


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for an existing
# linux installation on /dev/sda5.
title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic (recovery mode) (on /dev/sda5)
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic
savedefault
boot


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for an existing
# linux installation on /dev/sda5.
title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-18-generic (on /dev/sda5)
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-18-generic root=UUID=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ro splash vga=771 quiet
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-18-generic
savedefault
boot


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for an existing
# linux installation on /dev/sda5.
title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-18-generic (recovery mode) (on /dev/sda5)
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-18-generic root=UUID=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-18-generic
savedefault
boot


NOTE: I did deliberately "wack" my UUID #'s and MD5, here's some info on UUID's:

http://linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/UUI ... _a_problem
And my preferred way to deal with UUID's:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=879192

I assume you know how GRUB's numbering system works, but if not:

http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/ ... ing_System

Other good info there too.
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Re: How do I add linux mint to my current grub?

Postby ditchmagnet on Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:12 pm

OK, i put this into grub:

title Mint 5
root (hd2,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sdb2/
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

it started booting but got stuck at:

attached scsi generic sg5 type 0

any idea why its getting stuck? should i just reinstall it?
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Re: How do I add linux mint to my current grub?

Postby merlwiz79 on Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:24 pm

You should edit it to look like this:
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title Mint 5
root (hd2,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sdb2
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic
savedefault
boot



attached scsi generic sg5 type 0
Looks like it's problems with a usb device(thumbdrive or hard drive).
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Re: How do I add linux mint to my current grub?

Postby ditchmagnet on Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:58 pm

now with the savedefault line i get:
error 15: file not found

maybe it does have to do with the usb, the drive with grub on it that im booting from is a usb drive, it has sabayon and opensuse on it. im using sabayons grub. i can boot everything, sabayon, opensuse, xp, osx86, but not linux mint.

here is my current grub:
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# grub.conf generated by the Sabayon Linux Installer
#
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE:  You do not have a /boot partition.  This means that
#          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
#          root (hd0,2)
#          kernel /boot/kernel-genkernel real_root=UUID=1e055a3e-dfa4-4f37-a24f-30780561a347
#          initrd /boot/initramfs-genkernel
#boot=sda
default=0
timeout=6
splashimage=(hd0,2)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz

title Sabayon Linux x86 3.5 (genkernel-x86-2.6.25-sabayon-r1)
   root (hd0,2)
   kernel /boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.25-sabayon-r1  root=/dev/ram0 ramdisk=8192 real_root=UUID=1e055a3e-dfa4-4f37-a24f-30780561a347 dolvm  quiet  init=/linuxrc splash=silent,theme:sabayon CONSOLE=/dev/tty1 vga=0x318 resume=swap:/dev/sda2
   initrd /boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.25-sabayon-r1

title Sabayon Linux x86 3.5 (genkernel-x86-2.6.25-sabayon-r1) (safe mode)
   root (hd0,2)
   kernel /boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.25-sabayon-r1 root=/dev/ram0 ramdisk=8192 real_root=UUID=1e055a3e-dfa4-4f37-a24f-30780561a347 dolvm init=/linuxrc CONSOLE=/dev/tty1 resume=swap:/dev/sda2 nox acpi=off ide=nodma vga=normal
   initrd /boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.25-sabayon-r1

title openSUSE 11.0
   rootnoverify (hd0,0)
   chainloader +1

title Windows XP
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
root (hd1,0)
chainloader +1

title Mint 5   
root (hd2,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sdb2 ro
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic
boot

title OSX 86
   root (hd2,0)
   chainloader +1


is there something i could put into boot.ini to boot it?
Last edited by ditchmagnet on Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:15 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: How do I add linux mint to my current grub?

Postby merlwiz79 on Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:11 pm

Normally this happens when you aren't telling it the right partition to boot from.
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Re: How do I add linux mint to my current grub?

Postby ditchmagnet on Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:17 pm

i know its the right partition, if i put quiet splash into the entry, it shows the mint boot screen
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Re: How do I add linux mint to my current grub?

Postby merlwiz79 on Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:23 pm

Well Sabayon has root (hd0,2), and openSUSE has rootnoverify (hd0,0).
Shouldn't Mint's be root (hd0,1)?
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Re: How do I add linux mint to my current grub?

Postby ditchmagnet on Sun Aug 24, 2008 8:03 pm

no, i have usb drive as hd 0, then three sata drives 1,2,3

it actually is working now, its not getting stuck, i was able to login and its working now...strange, but thanks for all the help, i would have been able to get that far without it.
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