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    Default Multibooting, Grub 2 installation.

    Hi all

    Recently I decided to tripleboot windows7, openSUSE 12.3 and Linux mint on my laptop. I did a lot of research and read a lot about how to do it. Right now I am in middle of this process, I've already managed to dual boot win7 and opensuse by using easybcd for taking care of boot menu. I simply added openSUSE as a new entry to easybcd in windows and I have a fine dual boot system. But I've gotten cold feet regarding installing the third distro becasue I really don't want to mess it up. This is what my partition looks like right now:


    linux-h9vr:~ # fdisk -l
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 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: 0x000acf54

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 184322047 92160000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2 184322048 839682047 327680000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda3 * 839682048 976773119 68545536 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 839684096 852176895 6246400 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6 852178944 882898943 15360000 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7 882900992 913620991 15360000 83 Linux
    /dev/sda8 913623040 950628351 18502656 83 Linux
    /dev/sda9 950630400 976773119 13071360 83 Linux

    Windows 7 is on sda1, shared NTFS data partition on sda2, openSUSE root is on sda6 and openSUSE home is on sda8. I want to install mint root on sda7 and mint home on sda9 but I'm not sure where to put grub2, on sda or sda1 or on the same partition as the root partition of mint which is sda7? Life would be so easy if I could install grub2 on mint root partition and add a new entry for mint in easybcd (exactly like what I did for openSUSE) but through my searches I found out triplebooting by easybcd causes some problems. Now what should I do? By the way, any informative comment regarding my partition layout (different home partitions for different distros) or multibooting is welcomed.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Multibooting, Grub 2 installation.

    i triple boot on a laptop XP(for work), openSuSE 12.2, and openSuSE 13.1. XP was installed 1st and from XP, I just created 3 unformated partitions, 1 for swap and the other 2 for suse. Installed 12.2 and it dual boots fine. Then installed 13.1 and it handles the boot process. I used easus software to slice the disk and that was it.

    On another laptop i have Win7, openSuSE 12.3, and 13.1. Not trying to show off, but on my desktop at work I have XP, Win7, and openSuSE 12.3.

    Do it

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    Default Re: Multibooting, Grub 2 installation.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonzn4suse View Post
    i triple boot on a laptop XP(for work), openSuSE 12.2, and openSuSE 13.1. XP was installed 1st and from XP, I just created 3 unformated partitions, 1 for swap and the other 2 for suse. Installed 12.2 and it dual boots fine. Then installed 13.1 and it handles the boot process. I used easus software to slice the disk and that was it.

    On another laptop i have Win7, openSuSE 12.3, and 13.1. Not trying to show off, but on my desktop at work I have XP, Win7, and openSuSE 12.3.

    Do it

    Sorry but I still don't know where to put grub2!

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    Default Re: Multibooting, Grub 2 installation.

    Assuming you are still trying to use easyBSD ( which I for one do not recommend) you don't want to put it in the MBR you want it on the root partition of the OS in question.

    My suggestion is to not use easyBSD and use one of the Linuxes to control boot. In which case put grub in MBR from one and on the root on the other

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    Default Re: Multibooting, Grub 2 installation.

    Here is a disk in windows



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    Here is the disk from openSuSE



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    Just create a few empty partitions and then boot from the openSuSE live cd and when you get to the partition section during the install, just pick the edit partition option.

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