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Old 08-28-2004, 01:12 PM   #1
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Installing Linux on a Dual-Boot Laptop


Hi,

I want to convert my dad to Linux, and he wants me to install linux on his laptop. However, I need to dual-boot XP and Linux (this is necessary because he has office and work documents, etc. on windoze). I need to partition the hd (It is 18 GB and has 11 GB free) and configure the bootloader to boot both, because I only have experience having my OS's on seperate HDs.

It is a pentium 3, 256 megs of ram, and a wireless-g Microsoft MN-720 pcimcia card (i bought the M$ card before I discovered linux). The wireless card is reported to work with driverloader/ndiswrapper, and that's what i'll be trying initially (Does anybody know of a wiki or how-to using this card?).

I want to install Mandrake 10, simply because I have the disks and it's what I've been using on my Linux desktop. If there's a better distro for notebooks, and doesn't take like 6 disks, I could get another one...

The hardest part of this is the format/parition/bootloader stage. It wouldn't be good at all if I screwed over the Windows partition, as it isn't my computer.

I've also heard to use the 2.4 kernel w/ Mandrake 10. Is there any benefit to the 2.6 kernel, possibly regarding wireless?


Thanks for your help!
 
Old 08-28-2004, 01:29 PM   #2
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about the boot loader........you shouldnt have any trouble. mandrake should configure grub to allow you to boot into both. also you will need a swap partition for linux. in the past i used partition magic to do this, although mandrake might do it for you. the chance of messing up the windoze partition is very low but i would back up all data anyway. make sure you know which hda* listing is the windoze partition so you dont install linux over it

i believe you will need the 2.6 kernel for the pcmcia card, i could be wrong.
 
Old 08-28-2004, 01:32 PM   #3
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thanks for your help...

Turns out he decided not to go through with it and install linux. He's somewhat computer-illiterate and doesn't want to *risk* installing linux...but it's his computer and I can't do anything about it.
 
Old 08-28-2004, 03:37 PM   #4
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The wireless card is reported to work with driverloader/ndiswrapper, and that's what i'll be trying initially (Does anybody know of a wiki or how-to using this card?).
Well, I am using a notebook with the latest Centrino Processor, and Wireless card, which isn't (not already) supported by Linux. But I am using the Ndiswrapper, which works quit fine, if you are using the 0.7 version. I tried other version, but they just freezed my desktop after a short while... So you should get your card working .

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i believe you will need the 2.6 kernel for the pcmcia card, i could be wrong.
yep, you are! no offence, but i had a pcmcia-card with my old notebook and a 2.4 kernel and it worked fine

About a better distro... have a look at this.
In the end it depends on how much you want to do do on your own, and how much you understand Linux.
BTW: SuSE and Debian are available on DVD

Greets
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