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Re: Installation order for VISTA/RH5 dual boot



I recently setup my laptop to triple boot XP,Vista, Linux (in that
order).  I didn't run into any issues regarding where to put /boot but
then again I didn't separate out /boot for Linux or Vista but I
wouldn't have thought that would be a problem.  If you are going to
separate out /boot I would try to have all Windows parts right next to
each other.
 Partition 0: 75MB  (VISTA boot partition??)
 Partition 1: 120GB Vista
 Partition 2: Vista Recovery
 Partition 3: 100MB (RH /boot)
 Partition 4: 20 GB for RH

-Nick

On 7/27/07, Scott Ruckh <sruckh gemneye org> wrote:
> This is what you said Wartnick, James
> > So does the "/boot" partition need to occur before some cylinder/block
> > value in order to work (i.e. within the first 500MB of disk)?
> >
> I think it depends on the BIOS of your system.  I have had systems that
> would not boot after install when installed further out on the disk.  On
> the other hand I have had success on other systems installing Linux
> anywhere on the disk.
>
> If doing this from scratch I recommend using XOSL (Freeware Boot Manager).
>  Install XOSL in it own dedicated small partition (7mb).  Then create a
> main primary partition for windows (at least 20GB).  Install Windows, and
> create an extended partition with the remaining disk space (unless you are
> going to have multiple windows versions installed; then you might want to
> create another primary partition).  Create any logical disks you want to
> create in windows (leaving some space in the extended partition for
> Linux).  Then install Linux (with at least /boot, /, and swap file
> systems).  When choosing place for boot loader (grub) on linux don't
> choose the mbr, but instead the main partition where you are booting Linux
> (ie../dev/sdb3).
>
> Set up all your booting in XOSL (show and hide partitions as needed).
>
> If you ever come back and have to install windows and it overwrites the
> mbr, just run the xosl install program again and have it restore the XOSL
> boot loader (with all of your previous boot-loader changes in tact).
>
> This combination has worked for me for many years.  Of course this is just
> one persons suggestion which may or may not be right for you.
>
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