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What About Boot Loaders?


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#1 Extrodewise

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 12:52 PM

Hi Guys!
Got a littlle puzzle puzzling me. I'm tryna create a multi-boot environment where I can have a couple pf XP's installed and maybe one or two copies of Vista, each for highly specialized work requiring different OSes; may include a copy of Ubuntu too... I'm trying to use an alternative to the Windows Bootloader. The scenario I'm looking at is this: I switch on my system and maybe press a key or combination of keys to initialize this bootloader, the bootloader pops up and asks me to select which OS I want to run. Without my pressing this key(s), the default Windows bootloader will run with the default Windows OS. Challenge is: I dont know Jack about bootloaders and I dont which one can give me what I want as explained above. Advice in this regard and/or link to helpful tutorials and tips on the net or somewhere else accessible would be greatly appreciated. First of all I wanna know, is this scenario achievable? Are there bootloaders out there that support getting triggered by a 'hot' key without which the default bootloader would load? If not, what other bootloaders are out there? Help Needed please!!!! Thanks Pals.

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 02:25 PM

Here's a tutorial for Grub
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/grub.html
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 08:18 PM

Not free, but this claims to do everything you want.
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/produ...ltibooting.html

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 12:40 PM

Thanks guys, this really looks promising, lemme process these links....

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 01:07 PM

Thanks Guys... GRUB aint the guy for me. Acronis would do a lot better once I can purchase it. In the meantime, are there any freeware alternatives??? Thanks guys for the help so far...

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 04:13 PM

I have found the GAG bootloader very good for multi operating systems, open source software as well... :thumbsup:

http://gag.sourceforge.net/
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Posted 22 September 2008 - 07:13 PM

Thanks Guys... GRUB aint the guy for me.

You might want to rethink that. I found this and it looks
like it will work. Not with the "hotkey" method, but with a USB thumb drive.
Thumb drive not present, boot default OS.
Thumb drive inserted, GRUB boot menu.
Just some more to think about.
http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/p15...USB_thumb_drive.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 07:59 AM

Grub is really nice. like the page says you tell it which OS you want to make default, without any input it loads the default in 10 seconds (also customizable) I'm not sure about making hotkeys for it, but I just scroll through the OSes I have on there. If you want a speedy boot you can always slap the enter key as soon as the GUI pops up.
Didn't read the whole page Raw posted but http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=211091 is how I change my defaults. Only thing you gotta remember is to start counting at 0.

Edited by smurfgod, 25 September 2008 - 08:05 AM.





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