Hello list! I have 12.3-32 working on older HW. Pent4 and 80GB mbr hdd. My desktop is lxde.
frank uname -a
Linux linux-ic3a.ShepardLand 3.7.10-1.16-default #1 SMP Fri May 31 20:21:23 UTC 2013 (97c14ba) i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
Previously this HW was running 12.1-32 as a tripple boot with 3 primary partitions sda1=1GB-fat32, sda2=100MB-ext2, sda3=20GB-ntfs, then the extended partition.
The 12.1 was booting from the sda2 with grub. It was the grub default for 12.1. Both of the other 2 OSs were bootable from the grub menu.
I started the move to 12.3 with an upgrade. That operation filled up sda2 with a few bytes to spare, but after the upgrade reboot the full partition drew complaints.
To grow sda2, I stuffed in my live gparted CD and added another 100MB from sda1 - big mistake! Now the 12.3 upgrade won’t boot.
So start from scratch with 12.3 install into the same partition scheme except sda1 is 900MB and sda2 is 200MB. After the 12.3 install completes again no boot!
Here I’m thinking that the sda2 resize may have moved /boot to some unfriendly hdd geography. This is one of my questions. What are the /boot requirements?
So now with gparted I put the drive partitions back as best I can to where they were with the 12.1 and do another complete install (including format of sda2) no boot!
Now another unbelievable experience! I decided to try another 12.3 install with grub2 on the mbr, while leaving /boot mounted, but not reformatted. This complete 12.3 install finished, booted and updated all the packages, then asked to reboot.
The reboot after the package update goes into a “relaxation oscillation” where the system does an endless reboot!
So another complete 12.3 reinstall. This time I mounted sda2 as /usr3 and put grub2 in the mbr. That’s what I have now, but neither of the foreign OSs boot from the grub2 menu.
That brings me to the last of the questions: can I do something with grub2 to get the 2 foreign OSs to boot from the grub2 menu?
Also after the fact, is it possible to format sda2 with gparted, load grub2 on that partition and mount sda2 as /boot?
Hope someone is still with me here! I’ve learned a lot already. Heboland.