Originally posted by jwn7
i have. here's what i did. first, fire up fdisk and wipe everything out
I don't think that's necessary. In the days when I used XP/Linux Dual Boot, it usually worked flawlessly, at least until 2.6 kernels came out. Then I had to do a little tweaking.
If you've got a disk with only XP, then you'll have to shrink the partition. Use a copy of ntfsresize (If you need a good util, grab a Knoppix Disk (http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
). Fire up QTParted, and resize that sucker.
If you're running a 2.4.x Kernel, just run the installer... however most new distros use the new 2.6.x kernel. While in knoppix, run:
fdisk -l /dev/hd(x) [Where x is the partition of the drive, substitute sd(x) for SCSI/SATA drives)
You should see output like this.
Disk /dev/hda: 4325 MB, 4325529600 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 525 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
The important part to grab is the heads, sectors, and cylinders. (in this case 255,63,525)
From here, at the lilo or grub prompt (depending on your distro install), type in the command....
where [bootcommand] is the command to start the installer (i.e.: linux, knoppix, rescue, etc....)
hd(x) = [cylinders,heads,sectors] the device used for installation. (again, substitute sd(x) for SCSI/SATA)
Then, any bootloader installed should play nicely with any existing partition.