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Old 06-03-2004, 08:55 PM   #1
breider565
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Talking Almost Ready to Install


I currently have winXP running on my 40 gb, single partition hdd. I want to add Mdk10 so and dual boot.

Here is what i was planning on doing: Use Partition Magic to create a 10gb ext3 and a 512mb swap. Then reboot off of the cd's i made, and install Mdk10.

Am i forgetting anything? Do i need to name my ext3 anything specific?

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Old 06-03-2004, 09:10 PM   #2
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Just make a partition big enough for linux. Then use the Mandrake installer to specify that partition for the install. And let mandrake make swap and other partitions if need be but I would use one partition / and swap. Installer will walk you through it. Good luck'
 
Old 06-03-2004, 09:11 PM   #3
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Should i just leave the space unallocated then?
 
Old 06-03-2004, 10:18 PM   #4
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no ur fine like this
it only require a seperate partition and a swap partition (like u have)

go ahead and install it and i hope that u will like it
 
Old 06-03-2004, 10:22 PM   #5
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unallocated is fine the installed will help create and format patitions. You could make it ext2 if you like, but I don't think it's nessisary the installer will help you do this.

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Old 06-04-2004, 02:03 AM   #6
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another similar Q

I had installed RHL 9 sometime back on a dual boot system, and was wondering if it was necessary to have linux as the first partition on the disk?
I mean, a friend told me that the linux partition MUST be on the first 8 MB of the disk for it to function properly. Is it true?
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks.
 
Old 06-04-2004, 02:25 AM   #7
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I am almost positive that is not true that it has to be in the first 8 mb's the first 8 would be the Master Boot record if my old dusty brain is working at this late hour. I believe that your question is a little hard to understand. If you are duel booting always always always install windows first because it wont see the linux and the WINNT ldr will never be able to load it. SO if that the question make sure that your windows doesnt crash because it causes hell for your Linux.
 
Old 06-04-2004, 02:43 AM   #8
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Well, i left it unallocated, and installed mdk 10 official. Im on a laptop, and it disabled the touchpad clicking so i was using the awkward buttons. I accidnetly clicked through the partitioning, so i have no idea what it did. I almost had a heart attack. How do i check to see if it is ext2 or 3, and how big my swap is?
 
Old 06-04-2004, 01:00 PM   #9
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Hey Jon
I have installed RH 9, and while manually making the partitions via Disk Druid, I put RH as ext3 on the first partition, swap space as 2nd, and the Win XP NTFS drive as the 3rd and so on. This works perfectly, with the GRUB loader showing me both my OS at startup, so I am not sure whether Win has to be on the first partition (Master Boot Record). Or maybe my Windows is the Mater Boot Record, but I don't know it :-P

Breider, there is a command - I can't remember it right now ( ) - which can tell you about your partitions and their sizes - so don't worry!
Anir...

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Old 06-04-2004, 01:13 PM   #10
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I've read: snip-
Important: With some exceptions (see below), the Linux boot partition must be in the first 1024 cylinders of the disk(approx the first 8 GB). This implies that the W2K partition cannot be any larger than about 7.5 GB, to allow /boot to be the next partition still within the 1024 cylinders. Linux will not boot correctly if /boot is past 1024 cylinders.
(http://www.enterprisedt.com/publications/dual_boot.html)
 
Old 06-04-2004, 01:19 PM   #11
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try:

cat /proc/partitions

or as root:

fdisk -l

careful with the second one. fdisk is a partition tool.
 
Old 06-04-2004, 01:23 PM   #12
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Cool thanks, ill try that.
 
  


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