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> Is This A Good Tribooting Tutorial I Wrote
post Sep 24 2005, 03:00 PM
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Here is the tutorial I made with the info I got from budman7

It can help anybody including me and should be sticked

How to Triboot a Computer with Windows XP,Fedora Core and SuSE

Things to do Before You Start

Backup Computer
Run Defraging tools
Scan for Spyware
Scan for Viruses

This guide focuses primarly on the GRUB bootloader to Triboot

2,3 and 4 are for Windows users who are resizeing it.If you are just resizing a Linux partition you can ignore these.

If you have an RPM based distro such as Mandriva,SuSE,Fedora Core,you have the choice of using Slax or the partioner program that comes with the distro

You can also use any other cd like knoppix if you don't want to do the slax method.

Also If you don't have SuSE or Fedora Replace it with the distros you do have.

Download A Copy of Slax

This is very important because this is what we are going to use to Triboot.

Here is the site you can get it from incase you don't have it Then download the basic one
Additional software for SLAX is provided in the form of compressed modules. The usage is very simple, just add your downloaded module to /modules/ directory on the CD to include it in SLAX permanently, or use "uselivemod" command in SLAX to activate the module on the fly, while running SLAX.

Download these modules and follow the instructions above or If you are a windows user download MySLAX Creator at


Step 1:Bootup the Custom Slax Cd you have made make sure the computer can bootup the cd first before the hardrive this can be changed in the bios of the computer

Step 2:Once you have logged into Slax you must now Unmount all partitions by going into My Computer and you will see all of the drives you must now right click one it will give you an option to unmount it

You must do this for all of the drives or else the computer can't be partitioned

Step 3:Click on the KDE logo then go to run application and type qtparted in lowercase then hit run

Step 4:This will startup QTparted,now you must choose which program you want QTParted to use for resizing ntfs this guide uses ntfsprogs

Step 5:Now we begin the process of resizeing the hard drive

1.Select the /dev/hda for IDE or /dev/sda for a SCSI drive on the left, then you should see its info on the right

2.Select the Windows partition and right-click on it, then select Resize.

3.Next you'll see the Resize Partition dialog.

4.Enter the size you want for your existing Windows XP partition and click OK.

This can be done in Gigabytes or Megabytes

5.After clicking OK you'll see an updated view of your partitions. Note that nothing has actually changed yet; you must select File then Commit to apply the changes.

6.Just click Yes on the confirmation dialog.

7.You'll see the progress dialog and when it's done click the OK button

8.Now Select File then Quit to exit QTParted

9.You should now boot into Windows XP it will then detect the partition that you have made but it will be unformatted.

Now boot back into QTParted the way you did before and Delete Fedora Core and the Swap Partition by right clicking it and hitting delete

Now you should have Windows and a bunch of free space.

Step 6:Out of the free space create 2 partitions.

Both Should be Unformatted

1 Partition for SuSE
1 Partition for Fedora Core

Unformatted means that no file system is currently on it.

When installing the Operating System it will give you the most common options which are Reiserf and Ext3.

Also many distros support Custom Partioning which will give you more formatting Options.

A file system is added to the computer whenever you install an Operating System to it.

Some examples of filesystems include you can format whatever filesystem you want to it.



Its also a good idea to add Swap if you have a low memory computer which will use the swap as temporary ram also the swap partition should be formatted as Swap.

If the swap is inside the extended partition, you will have to delete the swap first.

Step 7:Now Install Fedora Core by Booting the install cd as if you were going to boot Slax and Install bootloader to root partition.

Step 8:Install Suse 9.3 using swap already created from installing Fedora Core and putting Grub on the MBR which will make GRUB the bootloader that is controlled by SuSE.

Grub can be put anywhere but for this tutorial we are going to be put on the MBR so SuSE becomes the bootloader.

When installing other operating systems

Suse should make an entry in GRUB for both Windows and Fedora Core.

The computer should now be restarted I you will be shown the SuSE Grub Bootloader which contains Windows,SuSE and Fedora Core.

The computer can now Triboot

Make sure you don't put Swap for SuSE on the partition where you are going to install SuSE to. By default SuSE should make a Swap partition or detect a Swap that is on the computer and mount it.

For Installing new linux distros install to the partition so SuSE Grub doesn't get overwritten

A Big Thanks to budman7 for supplying the info and if you want a picture guide of using QTparted this site is very good even though its mainly used for Ubuntu but can work on any distro.
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post Sep 24 2005, 04:10 PM
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