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How to instal 2nd OS without removing Raspbian on 1sdcard

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:32 am
by Mathan
I installed raspbian through NOOBS. Now I need to install OPEN ELEC in same sd card in different partition without affecting any changes to my raspbian.
I tried via NOOBS but it showing Raspbian needs to reinstall. Is there any way to install OPEN ELEC in same sd card without removing raspbian

Re: How to instal 2nd OS without removing Raspbian on 1sdcar

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:47 pm
by Navyscourge
You will have to re-arrange the partitions to create space, then copy in the files - this is not something that NOOBS can do.

Can you create a second card? You would have to shut down Raspbian to start OpenElec anyway. Swapping a card takes moments.

Re: How to instal 2nd OS without removing Raspbian on 1sdcar

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:39 pm
by DougieLawson
Mathan wrote:I installed raspbian through NOOBS. Now I need to install OPEN ELEC in same sd card in different partition without affecting any changes to my raspbian.
That's not possible with NOOBS. NOOBS is a pick your OS on the first boot and it's all set in stone. You can't come along later and add other OSes without trashing the contents of the SDCard.

Re: How to instal 2nd OS without removing Raspbian on 1sdcar

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:50 pm
by Mathan
I made a partition of ext 4 1 gb using gparted from puppy linux. After this i dont know what to do??

Re: How to instal 2nd OS without removing Raspbian on 1sdcar

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:01 pm
by DirkS
Mathan wrote:I made a partition of ext 4 1 gb using gparted from puppy linux. After this i dont know what to do??
If you need this much hand holding then I think it's not wise to even attempt it...

Why don't you install Kodi on top of Raspbian? That way you don't even have to reboot to switch between desktop and Kodi.

Re: How to instal 2nd OS without removing Raspbian on 1sdcar

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:05 pm
by Mathan
Is kodi another OS??
Is it able to support hardware gpu for playing video

Re: How to instal 2nd OS without removing Raspbian on 1sdcar

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:32 pm
by fruitoftheloom
Mathan wrote:Is kodi another OS??
Is it able to support hardware gpu for playing video
KODI is Multimedia Software http://kodi.tv

KODI has omxPlayer which is hardware accelerated ..

...omxPlayer is also included by default in Raspbian http://www.raspberry-projects.com/pi/so ... /omxplayer

Re: How to instal 2nd OS without removing Raspbian on 1sdcar

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:49 pm
by r3d4
Mathan wrote:I made a partition of ext 4 1 gb using gparted from puppy linux. After this i dont know what to do??
Some thing like changing "root=/dev/ partition-you-made " in cmdline.txt should work afaik.

Re: How to instal 2nd OS without removing Raspbian on 1sdcar

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:14 pm
by DirkS
r3d4 wrote:
Mathan wrote:I made a partition of ext 4 1 gb using gparted from puppy linux. After this i dont know what to do??
Some thing like changing "root=/dev/ partition-you-made " in cmdline.txt should work afaik.
Yes, but you may encounter problems if the two OSs use different kernels.
So you may also have to add / change a 'kernel=' line in config.txt to make it work.
And editing these files from Openelec is also a pain, because 'boot' is not mounted by default.

There may be other hurdles...

Re: How to instal 2nd OS without removing Raspbian on 1sdcar

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:13 pm
by kusti8
It would be way to hard as DirkS says. To make it work properly you would need to either shuffle around the partitions to include NOOBS (very hard) or append a boot partition and root partition to the end, copy the files, and then set the special file for the boot up partition which would still be more trouble than its worth to either install Kodi on top or get a new SD card.