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Old 06-25-2014, 01:00 PM   #1
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Hi,

I've downloaded linux as I need an Ada compiler. Can I dual boot with an existing Windows 7 and how?

I'm at a total loss.

Thanks
 
Old 06-25-2014, 01:29 PM   #2
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Sure, I have 3 computers that all dual boot Win 7 and Linux. Provide some data first:

What kind of hardware, can you boot from USB? Do you have drive space available?

What Linux distro?

Fill in some of the blanks and folks can help you...
 
Old 06-25-2014, 01:32 PM   #3
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Hi,

I've downloaded linux as I need an Ada compiler. Can I dual boot with an existing Windows 7 and how?

I'm at a total loss.

Thanks
In a word, yes. How you do it depends on what kind of hardware you have. In general it starts with you downloading an iso file of the distribution you want and then burning an iso image to a CD/DVD or a usb stick. In the course of the installation process you will partition your disk allocating space for your windows partition and space for your linux partition.

Here are the instructions for doing this with Ubuntu but you have many, many other options if you so wish.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:44 PM   #4
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Hardware

CPU AMD-FX(tm)-8320 Eight-Core 3.5GH. Also CD and flash drive.

Thanks for the step-by-step. Will try tomorrow.
 
Old 06-25-2014, 05:04 PM   #5
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Any amd-64 distro should work with that unit. All you need to do is make unallocated space on your hdd.
Simply resize using windows disk utility & install to unallocated space. The 2 areas that you may be able to resize are most likely C or D drive.
 
Old 06-25-2014, 05:33 PM   #6
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I'd consider using a free virtual machine and run both OS's at the same time. Your system is fine for that and it is the most easy way to run linux. They make pre-made virtual machines (virtual appliances or other names) too. Just download them install vm and double click. It would save you from borking your windows install.
 
Old 06-26-2014, 11:25 AM   #7
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Hi,

I've created a virtual machine, using 'Oracle VM Virtual Box'. The new question is how do I get linux on it?

Sorry for being a pain.
 
Old 06-26-2014, 11:35 AM   #8
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Have you had a look at the VirtualBox manual?
https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/UserManual.html
 
Old 06-26-2014, 12:17 PM   #9
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Good point.

Hi,

I'm a slacker too. Read the manual lol
 
  


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