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Fedora Core 3 installation creates trouble while I boot to Mandrake 10.1.

My laptop had a partition with Mandrake Linux 10.1 installed on it. I recently downloaded Fedora Core 3 and installed it. Fedora is quite nice, but it made my Mandrake system unavailable.

First problem was an easy fix. For the second issue, I have a workaround I don’t like.

First problem was that Fedora tossed out my LILO boot manager and installed GRUB. GRUB didn’t recognize Mandrake partition. This was an easy fix. Just edit /etc/grub.conf to have additional lines like below.

title Mandrake 10.1
     root (hd0, 5)
     kernel /boot/vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hda6 acpi=on
     initrd /boot/initrd.img

Note that hda6 maps to (hd0, 5). If it was hda8, it would map to (hd0, 7).

Both filesystems are ext2 partitions.

/dev/hda6 - Mandrake 10.1 root
/dev/hda8 - Fedora Core 3 root
/dev/hda7 - /home

I am stumped at the second issue though. Mandrake stops at e2fsck while booting. It claims that filesystem has unsupported features and you need to get a new version of e2fsck.

Here’s my worklog on the issue so far.