Triple-boot? -- XP Pro/ubuntu [or kubuntu]/Mandriva

C Hamel yogich at
Mon Jan 30 12:18:07 UTC 2006

On Monday 2006 January 30 17:46, Chuck Mattsen wrote:
> I currently have a dual-boot XP Pro/Mandriva cooker setup, but I want to
> install Ubuntu (or Kubuntu) while leaving both XP and Mdv intact.  I've
> searched around, and see scattered references here and there to
> setting up a triple-boot setup, but nothing [yet] that's dumbed-down enough
> for me, as I tend to freak out when it comes to the lower-level stuff like
> partitioning, file systems, manually modifying lilo, etc.
> Anyone have a pointer/URL to a decent, basic walk-through for setting up a
> triple-boot? (Keeping in mind that my skills and knowledge are rather
> limited and basic.)  FWIW, if it helps point me in the right direction, my
> current disk usage/setup is:
>         hda1    NTFS            XP Pro          14 GB
>         empty   unformatted     empty           9.7 GB
>         hda5    ext3            / (Mandriva)    5.8 GB
>         hda6    swap            swap (")        499 MB
>         hda7    ext3            /home (")       6.5 GB
> Ultimately, I want to run Ubuntu (or Kubuntu), but need the others intact
> and operational for some time to come.  I'd be significantly less paranoid
> about the whole process if I had a second drive, or second machine, but I
> currently don't and there isn't one in the cards for the foreseeable near
> future.
> --
> Chuck MATTSEN / Mahnomen, MN, USA / mattsen at
>                 ___________________
> Random Thought/Quote For This Message:
>      If the Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me -- Jimmy Buffet, Song Title

This is how I have done it in the past and did it for XP/Gentoo/Kubuntu:

1. Using PQMagic (or equivalent) resize a partition if you need room for 
another.  IF not, steam forth.

2. Make certain your existing menu.lst or grub.conf (or lilo conf file) are 
backed up.

3.  Install Ubuntu as you would any other distro and allow it to install grub 
when it asks

4.  Add the lines from Ununtu's menu.lst or grub.conf file to your backed up 
file and adjust the partition references as necessary

5.  End up w/triple-boot system.

Depending upon your config you may approach this a little differently but 
these five steps are the basics.

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