Triple booting... Is it Possible?

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Triple booting... Is it Possible?

Postby Codename » Fri May 15, 2009 2:45

Alright guys here's the deal, I have Windows Vista and Ubuntu 9.04 on a dual boot right now. GRUB is the default bootloader right now, but before I go into details, I want you to provide you guys with the most information I can about my setup, so here's my fdisk -l output:
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  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1       44123   354409460    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2           44124       60801   133966035    5  Extended
/dev/sda5           59421       60801    11092851   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6           44124       58793   117836712   83  Linux
/dev/sda7           58794       59420     5036346   82  Linux swap / Solaris

So that's the setup I have going on right now. I'm also going to give you my fdisk -lu output:
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 Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *        2048   708820967   354409460    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2       708835995   976768064   133966035    5  Extended
/dev/sda5       954582363   976768064    11092851   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6       708836121   944509544   117836712   83  Linux
/dev/sda7       944509608   954582299     5036346   82  Linux swap / Solaris


So here are my questions as of now:

1. Is this going to be hard?
2. Is it even possible?
3. Where do I start?

I mean tell me if I'm wrong, but these are the steps I would be taking to triple boot Vista, Sabayon and Ubuntu:

1. Reshrink the Vista partition.
2. Then boot into Sabayon then see if the unalloacted space shows up and install it on there.
3. Now I'm aware there are some problems reguarding GRUB when it comes down to Ubuntu and Sabayon which I will need help there if that's possible.

So basically what I'm asking for is a step by step tutorial if anyone has one, or just knows how to do it. I'll greatly appreciate it. Thanks to this whole community.
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Re: Triple booting... Is it Possible?

Postby joeoden » Fri May 15, 2009 9:11

So here are your questions as of now:

1. Is this going to be hard?
No

2. Is it even possible?
Yes

3. Where do I start?
See if the Sabayon live DVD works using the 3D selection

If 3d is working backup your partitions see post
viewtopic.php?f=86&t=16544

You only need 1 swap partition for linux you have 2

Create a partition for Sabayon 30 Gib is good size (or just format Ubuntu, once
you get the hang of gentoo you will anyway)

If you want to shrink your Vista partition use the Vista shrink tool (do not
format or create a new partion from the shrunk Vista partition, with Vista) then reboot
making sure that Vista is still working.

Suggest not to go below 30 Gib for your Vista partition, I did mine to 20Gib
only because I have deselected system restore, hibernation and have another
partition for the pagefile.sys file (Windows swap file) as well as not much software installed

Then reboot with Sabayon live DVD or SystemRescueCD and use gparted to
create and format the partition (the remainder of the shrunk one) you want to use for Sabayon (sda3 is normal but you can choose what ever you like)

Reboot with Sabayon live DVD select 3D mode and once started double click on
the install icon

Depending which Sabayon you want to install Gnome or KDE have a look in the
wiki
http://wiki.sabayonlinux.org/index.php? ... isual_Tour

Once installed everything should be OK, If you do not have your Ubuntu entry
working from grub then look at this post
viewtopic.php?f=86&t=16524

Hope this answers your questions
Have fun
Joe
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Re: Triple booting... Is it Possible?

Postby Thev00d00 » Fri May 15, 2009 10:47

We should summurise this down to:

joeoden wrote:just format Ubuntu, once
you get the hang of gentoo you will anyway

Hope this answers your questions
Have fun
Joe


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Re: Triple booting... Is it Possible?

Postby joeoden » Fri May 15, 2009 13:27

Thanks Thev00d00 (I now have a big head)
I'm so impressed with Sabayon, I will never know everything about gentoo but I
gladly and proudly pass on to others what I am learning until I pass on.
Having lots of fun
Joe
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Re: Triple booting... Is it Possible?

Postby Codename » Fri May 15, 2009 22:36

Well I figured I'd update with you guys, I decided to remove Windows for the simple fact that it wouldn't let me shrink it's partition, I know crazy right. It said "Access Denied" everytime I tried, so I gave up and installed Sabayon over Windows. I've used Sabayon in the past and I must say it's one of my favorite distributions of Linux besides Gentoo, and Sabayon is based off of Gentoo. ;-)
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