multiple OS's on external USB harddisk

KoenP

New Member
#1
Hello

I have a PC with one internal harddisk containing Vista. However it is a recent machine, booting from an external disk appears to be a problem. That is how I got to use EasyBCD 1.7.2. But I still can’t get it working.

One of my USB harddisks has three partitions:

Disk /dev/sdb: 120.0 GB, 120060444672 bytes255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14596 cylindersUnits = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytesDisk identifier: 0xcdafcdaf Device

Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 6000 48194968+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 6001 11501 44186782+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb3 11502 14596 24860587+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

This is my neogrub config:

title Mandriva (recom)
find --set-root /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-desktop586-0.rc8.2mnb
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-desktop586-0.rc8.2mnb ro root=/dev/sdb2
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.27-desktop586-0.rc8.2mnb.img

title Debian 5 (recom)
find --set-root /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.26-2-686
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.26-2-686 ro root=/dev/sdb1
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.26-2-686

Booting the Debian 5 is no problem at all. When I try to boot the Mandriva, I get GRUB error Grub error 17 file not found. I’ve checked and checked again... the files are there.

Any ideas?

Bye

KoenP
 
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KoenP

New Member
#3
Did't work.

Tested it on an other harddisk with Ubuntu. Now it says something like "Gave op waiting for root device..." and hangs
 

JustinW

Super Moderator
Staff member
#4
At the grub boot menu hit "C". With the command prompt up for grub, type "find /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-desktop586-0.rc8.2mnb" and see if it reports back a location.
 
#5
Hello

I've been trough some trial and a lot of error the last few weeks.
First of all, I upgraded to Neosmart 2.
Then I've tried some distro's:
- suse gave me a headache, because it kept destroying the mbr of the internal HD, altough I told it not to :frowning:
- mandriva 2009.1 works, referring to root by the HD's label
- PCLinuxOS 2009.2 is not yet working, will try the label way to...

Bye

KoenP