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Old 12. Feb 2012, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Cant manage PCLOS and mint to stay along win 7

First thing first-> Plz no deb/rpm debate. I find both equally good.

Second-> I love KDE and dont care if u hate it. So let's not get brutal about it.

Now on the topic, lemme tell you what I did in detail.
I was a mint 10.04kde user who later found love in openSUSE. So I downloaded the new mint 12kde and the pclos 2012.2 for playing a bit.
I installed mint first. SDA10 was /,SDA9 was /boot and a healthy 3GB swap was allocated on SDA11. All went good and Both mint and Win 7 (SDA2) was happy and kicking.
Now I did a rookie level mistake. I forgot to check the GRUB version and installed PCLOS. / on SDA6 and /boot on SDA5. as Swap was already there, i didnt want any complications and let it use the existing one. Now pclos DID ask me to import other entries to it's bootloader. I imported windows without trouble. but when I tried to import Mint, I found that I had to give the kernel image. (sumthing like /boot/vmlinuz..)Now how could I access /boot of mint from PCLOS? I cudnt and went ahead with the installation. So now PCLOS was kicking, windows was alive and mint was unbootable. I posted it in mint's help forum. They asked me to do a fresh installation or repair the grub from live dvd of mint. I tried to repair grub by super grub2 disk (dedoimedo swears by it), nothing happened. Then I reinstalled mint on same partitions as before. now mint and 7 is kicking and PCLOS is dead.
can anyone help? PCLOS uses grub legacy (0.99) and mint grub2..
(if u ask me to do sumthing like importing bootloaders or such,I beg you give me every step..or a link that contains the steps..)
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Old 22. Feb 2012, 02:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In Mint, run StartUp-Manager which is a GUI tool to manage settings for Grub Legacy and Grub 2. It should scan your PCLOS partition for a bootloader if in order.

See also:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...t-Boot-Options

http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=61&p=542862
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Old 22. Feb 2012, 08:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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@jojoyee, thanks, but I was hoping sumthing generic, that can take care of most of the grub1 and grub2 related problems.
for example the thing I described above was on my desktop and when I installed chakra over PCLOS, it was A-OK coz both mint and chakra 2012.2 use Grub2.
Now I am facing similar problem on my lappy. This time being openSuse and chakra.

And the second link u gave, it's my thread over there
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Old 22. Feb 2012, 09:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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@bhtani, Oops I wasn't aware of that.

I used to play around Grub Legacy and Grub 2 sometime ago but not so much now. I suppose if both distros use Grub 2, Startup-Manager works very well. I seldom touch on Grub Legacy now.

You might want to refer to some useful documentation here though geared towards Ubuntu if you've not come across it.
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Old 24. Feb 2012, 04:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I run (WinXPsp3) and I'm running both Mint (Julia) and PClinuxOS (2012 KDE) however I have Mint on HD0 and PClinuxOS on HD1 when looking at the partitions from the linux perspective one is labeled SDA and SDB. What I have done is from within PClinuxOS I went to More Aplication->Configuration->Redo MBR This will allow it to locate other Linux OS's as well as Windows OS's you can also manually edit the Menu.lst.
In My case all I had to do is end the Redo MBR utlity and then it will correct your MBR
*NOTE* From what I hear Win 7 doesn't like to play nice with other OS's so you may want to check the linux forums. For me LinuxQuestions.org has always been one of the better Linux forums

Good Luck

Oh yea PClinuxOS (2012 KDE) is great!

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