Here is the Menu.lst file and would I also have to configure the fstab also and then I'm going to install SUSE will it detect the partitions if I don't configure it.

It looks like I don't have to configure the fstab

/etc/fstab

Your filesystem settings and mountpoints are configured here. The install program should have created the necessary entries for you, but you should look over it and make sure it's right.


# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Mon Jul 3 18:29:13 EDT 2006

color white/blue black/light-gray
default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd0,5)/boot/message

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title Windows XP
chainloader (hd0,1)+1

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title SUSE Linux 10.1
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 vga=0x31a resume=/dev/hda5 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd

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title Floppy
chainloader (fd0)+1

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title Failsafe -- SUSE Linux 10.1
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 vga=normal showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 edd=off 3
initrd /boot/initrd

title Previous Kernel -- SUSE LINUX 10.1
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz.previous root=/dev/hda6 vga=0x31a resume=/dev/hda5 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd.previous

Those three I mentioned all have been setup to triboot with Debian I had it install the Bootloader then Reinstalled and SUSE overwrote and detected it but what would It look like without the Yast info also Arch is going to be installed in /hda7 so it over writes Debian.


title Windows XP
chainloader (hd0,1)+1

title SUSE Linux 10.1
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 vga=0x31a resume=/dev/hda5 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd

title Arch Linux
root (hd0,6) - is this hda7
kernel /boot/
initrd /boot/initrd

Does vga stand for the monitor and what is mkinicpio and mkinitrd the only one I have used so far is initrd also what does resume=/dev/hda5 mean and hda5 is the swap.

Also Arch is a cross between Slackware and Gentoo. "Hard and Customizable"

It currently my computer is setup like this

hda1-Fat contains Dell Partition
hda2-Windows XP
hda3-Extended
hda5-Swap
hda6-SUSE Linux 10.1
hda7-Debian Sarge



title Windows XP
chainloader (hd0,1)+1

title SUSE Linux 10.1
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 vga=0x31a resume=/dev/hda5 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd

title Arch Linux
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/hda7 ro vga=794
initrd /boot/kernel26.img

So is this all correct

title Windows XP
chainloader (hd0,1)+1

title SUSE Linux 10.1
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 vga=0x31a resume=/dev/hda5 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd

title Arch Linux
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/hda7 ro vga=791
initrd /boot/kernel26.img

Mine doesn't have these on it currently but Windows XP boots without it would it matter in Arch

makeactive
chainloader +1