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Old 07-04-2006, 03:24 PM   #1
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Couple of questions from a newbie

hi everybody!
I'm testing a distribution of linux (Knoppix) on a liveCD for a couple of days now and I would really like to use linux for real...

The problem is that on my computer, I have only 2 hard disks and the space on them isn't really big.
Drive C: 7.86 GB
Drive D: 9.30 GB

If it was possible I would only install Linux on drive C: (windows xp is already installed there) and Drive D would be used to install games. But the problem is that I want to play my games and it's only compatible with windows (nhl 2002, Dungeon Siege, Medal of Honor Allied Assault, Warcraft 3, etc.)
Do you think that a linux distribution would be small enough to be installed on the same drive of windows xp??
The best thing would be that I use Xp only to play my games and Linux to surf on the web, chat with friends, use open office, listen to mp3 and other things like this.

My config is:
Intel Pentium III processor
1,00 GHz
368 MB of RAM

ps: I'm ready to format drive C: if it's the only way to install Linux and windows Xp on it

If someone here understand my problem and can help me, I'll thank you!! :P

I'm waiting for your answers

Last edited by ltjmax; 07-04-2006 at 03:42 PM.
Old 07-04-2006, 04:05 PM   #2
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Getting both XP and Linux into 8-9GB seems like a tight fit. My Win2K install alone is ~8GB, including a variety of apps.

Can you afford ~$45 for a new drive? Newegg has 40 and 80GB drives as low as $40--ans I am sure you can find used for less.

With the existing drives, you may need to swap them so that the larger one becomes you C drive---or just put XP on 1 and Linux on the other--use leftover space for data. (I would keep the apps with the OS--makes installing easier.)
Old 07-04-2006, 04:27 PM   #3
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Some of those games will work if you use wine. AOE installed and played pretty good when I was using Ubuntu. pixellany is right. I was using Slackware with VMware workstation to run xp and I allocated 8 gig's of space and it ran out. I would definetly upgrade to a bigger hd first.
Old 07-04-2006, 04:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I'll start to shop for a new drive. I had thought about this option before but was afraid not to be able to install it by myself... But i recently replaced a cd-rom drive by a dvd-rom drive so I think I can try myself with a hard disk now.

Thanks again!
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Good luck and if you have any questions we will be here to help in any way we can.


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