Trying to Set up Dual-Boot on Vista PC with Mandriva & GRUB CDs
This crap is really frustrating me, and I don't know where else to turn. It's just amazing to me how bad I am at downloading and running basic stuff off the Internet that always seems so easy for other people--especially since I have a freaking minor in computer science.
Anyway, I got a laptop with Vista as the default OS, and I want to learn how to set up a dual boot Microsoft-or-Linux option on at start-up.
#1. I did manage to get my hard drive partitioned, so now I have a local disk C: hard drive, a HP_RECOVERY D: hard drive (with only 11.6 GB), and New Volume G: hard drive. I want to reserve the G: drive for all the Linux stuff.
#2. I do have a CD with Linux Mandriva on it. If I put the CD in my computer, then it automatically goes to Linux, which seems to work fine. Although I'm not used to it, it seems friendly enough, and I can browse the Internet and stuff. When I boot up my computer without the CD, it just goes back to Vista--I'm not sure if it just does that from the recovery hard drive or what. Honestly, I don't really know how to install Linux Mandriva permamently, which is pretty sad, I know.
#3. I downloaded GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) onto a CD by going to supergrubdisk.org and clicking on "DOWNLOAD CDROM." f
#4. I've used WinRAR and Daemon Lite tools to try to open the ISO image file on the GRUB CD, and to actually do something useful with it, but to no avail.
This is what's on the GRUB CD...
"_SuGruDis.NFO_Super Grub Disk" File Folder, which in turn contains a "boot" file subfolder (which a whole bunch of crap in it), and the following other 4 files: (1) SuGruDis.NFO – Text Document, 1 KB; (2) super_grub_disk_0.9763 – ISO Image File, 4334 KB; (3) super_grub_disk_english_floppy_0.9763.img – IMG File, 1440 KB; and (4) super_grub_disk_english_usb_0.9763.tar – ZIP Archive File, 359 KB.
Alright, so what do I do now?