My final goal is to install the CentOS system to a desktop because it has more powerful calculating ability, but my laptop is a test subject to foresee as much problems as possible.
you will likely see hardware related issues
A Laptop uses VERY VERY different hardware than a Desktop dose
as to partitioning and a dual boot
CentOS uses the redhat documentation
and as such ASSUMES that you ARE a certified system admin.( or very experienced )
and do not need any help on basic things like preparing the hardware and installing a Operation system
( rhel is installed on servers mostly and then in the office (like a large office - 100+ installs )
-- the rhel6.4 / CentOS 6.4 / ScientificLinux 6.4 install guide
for basics , the ubuntu documentation is good
setting up the computer is basically the same no matter the operating system
-- the "recovery cd " in the above pages will NEED to be the "install DVD for win7 - FOR YOUR specific install
home, home-premium, home-basic, win7-busniss , win-7-ultimate
Microsoft will sell you one , and mail it to you .
a youtube video
this is how i have a win7 and SL6 install set up on a drive
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 63 152039159 76019548+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT -- win7 bootloader and "C:\\ drive"
/dev/sda2 152039160 923801759 385881300 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT --- win7 -- extra partition for NON operating system files and programs
/dev/sda3 923801821 1465144064 270671122 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 * 923801823 924331904 265041 83 Linux --- SL 6.4's bootloader
/dev/sda6 924331968 932717834 4192933+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 932717898 999821339 33551721 83 Linux --- sl6's /home partition
/dev/sda8 999821403 1465144064 232661331 83 Linux --- sl6's / partition
i use Gparted live cd to do partitioning
i REMOVED the "win7 "recovery partition"
-- if win7 gets a virus this will ALSO be infected and reinstalling from an infected "recovery" partition is NOT a good idea
installed win7 to
installed win7 to the first partition
then installed SL6 ( same as CentOS 6.4 ) to the rest of the drive and installed grub to the FIRST linux partition
( in the above the two " * " represent a bootable partition )
nero will burn a dvd image
also so will this free tool
-- yes it's name DOSE sound like a fake tool and a would be virus .
but it is a REAL program and used a lot
and it will run on win7 premium 64 bit
use a slow speed and a DVD+-R
a dvd +-RW might not burn well , and will take a long time