Fred wrote:I know some people really like the looks of GAG but if I were doing it I would stick to grub. Not throwing rocks at GAG but grub is a stable and dependable boot loader that is in wide use and easy to get help with if you have problems. If it were me:
1. I would load Windows on the first drive, first partition.
2. Load Mint on whatever drive and partition you wish and install grub into the MBR of the first drive. It should pick up the windows install and set up a chainload for it.
3. Load Mepis, I believe you said, onto the drive and partition of your choice and install grub into the partition you have the /boot folder for Mepis in. Then you can add the chain load lines in the Mint menu.lst file.
The reason I would install the Mint grub into the MBR is because I like the Mint boot screen. It is clean and classy looking. You can add as many distros as you wish and install their grub into the partition that has the /boot folder in it and chain load them all from the Mint menu by just adding the chain load lines to the Mint menu.lst file.
Example of chainload lines:
title My New Distro
Before you start installing linux distros I would go ahead and partition and format your system the way you want it. After you install Mint 4 or any other distro that uses UUID, partitioning/formating will change the UUIDs and will cause several very irritating problems.
Fred wrote:Some distros identify partitions with a unique set of characters that is calculated on the initial install. If you later change the partitioning/formatting that unique character set changes. The result is the /etc/fstab file will not be correct and will have to be changed manually for the UUID disto to use the new partitioning/formatting correctly. Ubuntu 7.10 and Mint 4 are two examples of distros that use UUID. More and more distros will be using UUIDs in the future.
Husse has put up a good explanation of UUID on the wiki. I don't have the url handy but you can go to the Mint wiki and find it easily.
viking wrote:Thanks for the explanation, I might start over and partition everything first, then start installing the distros. I will try grub again then and hopefully it will let me boot into xp this time.
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