Clean install of MS W XP H & Linux
After a hashed install of a printer, my Win 98 (with corrupted registry)/Linux desktop is now an expensive electronic paperweight. I thought about getting a print server for my printer, but apparently that is not an option (HP 5510). So now I'm planning on buying Windows XP Home to use basically as a print/file server, but I also want to keep some room on the HD (20 MB) for installing Linux.
I have Googled for an exact answer to my questions, but to no avail. If anyone can help or direct me to a good site, I would be grateful.
I would like to set up my HD more or less like this:
5 GB - Win XP and minimal programs
7 GB - Data (Windows format)
8 GB - left for installing SuSe 9.something when I get the chance, for me to play.
I'm going to repartition my HD from scratch.
1. Can I use whatever partitioning software that comes with XP to set up my HD like this?
2. What should I format the (future) Linux section to, or can I leave it unformatted to do this at a later date?
3. Can I set up the system so I boot Linux from a floppy, instead of using a boot loader (that's more to satisfy my wife who has to turn the PC on to print). And also that was part of what got trashed in the printer install.
I realise you people must get bombed like this on a regular basis. Even a link to website for people-who-really-would-like-to-learn would be gratefully received.