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Multi Boot - Linux, Windows XP & Soralis

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Dear Experts,


At my home PC, I have installed RHEL 4, Windows XP (Doul Booting). Now on the same HDD (80GB), I want to install Solaris 8 with both mentioned OS. Is it possible.  Will Solaris boot with Linux, Windows XP.

Please give me step by step instructions.


Thanks in advance.


Vijay Thakur
Chandigarh
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Hi Vijay,

There are details here: http://multiboot.solaris-x86.org/

Commented:
Yes, this will work, I recently did it with linux+openbsd+windows+solaris8
- I used grub from linux
- I gave solaris, linux and windows a primary partition for each one
- used the following parameters in grub:
root(hd0,1) // means the second partition of your hard disk because the first one is on (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

When you'll boot on solaris with grub you'll then have the solaris bootloader.

I recently installed Solaris 10 instead of solaris 8: 10 uses grub

ciao

Commented:
Yeah and I don't know which bootloader you're using or plan to use.
I have a preference for grub but lilo and the one from windows(if you copy your kernels on the windows partition) will work.

Commented:
Your main problem is that your HD is already partitioned, isn't it ?
So you may consider to use virtual machine under WinXP or Linux.
There are some "restrictions" especially with direct physical memory access in virtual machine, but "basic" Solaris will run very nicely...
There are two options: VirtualPC of Microsoft and VmWare. I tried both, last one is much better.
http://www.vmware.com/products/ws/
turiyainSystem Administrator

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Commented:
Ok dimitry.  I am ready to install the last two OS again after re-partitioning. Now Windows XP is only OS in my PC, in first parimary partition. I deleted all partions. Now i want to install Solaris 8 and Linux RHEL 3. So let me know the procedure for installation and partitioning. Actually i  have installed solaris in a single hard disk as a one OS. But now i want to install it with Window XP, Solaris, Linux.  During solaris installation I am not able to make partition or it is not able to detect that partion. Give me the full clue because i am newbie to solaris.

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My suggestion was to use virtual machine under XP. Looking how to bring together Solaris and Linux I found that is it not very easy if possible.
From my experience Solaris likes to create its own partition structure...
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Linux+Solaris-2.html

So the only solution I see for you is to install XP and then install Solaris on virtual machine. Or Linux and then Solaris on virtual machine...
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