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More than one Windows operating system on multiboot? solved

Postby Calon Merc on Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:45 pm

I have Windows Vista installed to (hd0,0), Windows Vista installed to (hd0,1), and Mint installed to (hd1,0) but I cannot boot into Vista. I could until today, when I installed XP. I do not have a listing for XP yet, but I was wondering how I would add one while allowing me to boot into either XP or Vista.

My menu.lst is thus:
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# 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      0

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 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title      Windows Vista
# 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
title      Windows Vista
root      (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader   +1

### 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/sdb1 ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=(hd1,0)

## 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=795

## 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=all

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

## 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      (hd1,0)
kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sdb1 ro quiet splash vga=795
initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic


title      Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic (recovery mode)
root      (hd1,0)
kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sdb1 ro single
initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

title      Linux Mint, kernel memtest86+
root      (hd1,0)
kernel      /boot/memtest86+.bin

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
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Re: More than one Windows operating system on multiboot?

Postby Husse on Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:42 pm

Can you boot Mint?
Can you boot XP?
There is no mention of Vista in that menu.lst
You need to chainload both XP and Vista
At least for XP search the forum (advanced search) for chainload and my user name and you'll find some recent posting
You could also try searching for chainload and Vista (not my user name, I have not written anything about it I think)
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Re: More than one Windows operating system on multiboot?

Postby Calon Merc on Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:51 pm

There is an entry there for Vista, but it boots into XP instead. I can boot into Mint, as well.

I tried putting a second entry in for XP, but it said that there is no bootloader and cannot boot. I put in my Vista install disc and restored the Vista boot, now I can boot into Vista and Mint. I will look up things for XP, as you suggested.
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Re: More than one Windows operating system on multiboot?

Postby Husse on Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:04 pm

The entry for Vista is at the wrong place - it should be after
### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
The reason it booted XP and not Vista is because the entry pointed at the XP partition - you have to adjust that
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Re: More than one Windows operating system on multiboot?

Postby Calon Merc on Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:20 pm

I was told it doesn't matter if you have it before or after the automatic listing, that's why I have it before. o.O I also want them to be listed before my Mint install, and this accomplishes that. :D

Vista is installed to (hd0,0) and XP is installed to (hd0,1). I'm working from Vista right now, so I can't get the menu.lst at this current moment, but it is basically the Vista entry copied and the title and root changed as appropriate. It, however, boots to an error of bootmgr missing.

Would installing the XP bootmgr to (hd0,1) fix this? And is that even possible?


My newest menu.lst:
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# 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      0

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 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title      Windows Vista
# 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

title      Windows Vista
root      (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader   +1

title      Windows XP
root      (hd0,1)
makeactive
chainloader   +1

### 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/sdb1 ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=(hd1,0)

## 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=795

## 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=all

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

## 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      (hd1,0)
kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sdb1 ro quiet splash vga=795
initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic


title      Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic (recovery mode)
root      (hd1,0)
kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sdb1 ro single
initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

title      Linux Mint, kernel memtest86+
root      (hd1,0)
kernel      /boot/memtest86+.bin

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
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Re: More than one Windows operating system on multiboot?

Postby Calon Merc on Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:24 am

I've figured out a way that works for me, I used EasyBCD to add the XP drive to Vista's bootmgr, and grub already chainloaded to that, so it's all good.
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