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Old 08-18-2006, 02:57 AM   #1
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Dual Boot System Help Needed


I want to install Fedora Core 5 on my AMD64 machine which currently uses Windows XP Pro. I want to have a dual boot system using both operating systems. Can I use PartitionMagic to partition the drive to prepare for the installation of Fedora Core? How do I go about setting up the drive to dual boot? Also, I've been unable to set up my internet connection using Fedora Core. I'm connected to the internet through a Linksys Wireless G Network Adapter which receives its signal from another computer which is connected to a modem and router. I can't get my computer to recognize the device when I plug it in using Fedora Core. Any suggestions?
 
Old 08-18-2006, 03:35 AM   #2
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Can I use PartitionMagic to partition the drive to prepare for the installation of Fedora Core?
That should work, I'd just use a Knoppix live CD as it comes with Qparted which can resize NTFS as well.
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How do I go about setting up the drive to dual boot?
I like having Windows at the end of the drive, so resize and then move the XP partition to the end of the drive. Run a linux setup and install to the MBR. Create a grub entry for the XP load.


-- Alternatively --

You could install one of the free Virtual Machine software titles. VMware Server or MS VirtPC.
 
Old 08-18-2006, 04:00 AM   #3
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yep you're dam right musicman_ace!
regarding the internet connection you will need to setup your
Linksys Wireless G Network Adapter as you all ready did it in XP.
If the WLAN Adapter is correct recognized in FC5 it will be easy doing to
configure it in FC5 using #system-config-network / in the wireless TAB.
@yes Qparted is a great tool and you even don't have to spend anything for it.
But I would recommend Partition Magic for NTFS in order to resize.
Linksys offers drivers and there is a page that has good links to them
http://www.wardrive.net/drivers/linksys#usb

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Old 08-18-2006, 09:33 AM   #4
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I like having Windows at the end of the drive, so resize and then move the XP partition to the end of the drive.
Why???

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Run a linux setup and install to the MBR. Create a grub entry for the XP load.
A bit more on this:
When you install Linux, you will be prompted as to where to install the boot-loader. It should automatically detect Windows and put in the necessary entry in the GRUB config file (menu.lst or grub.conf)
 
Old 08-18-2006, 09:56 PM   #5
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Alright, the Drive is partitioned correctly and I have Windows XP and Fedora Core both running. I'm using BootMagic though so would it be possible for me to remove the boot-loader. If so how do I go about doing so? Also, can I get a bit more detailed explanation of setting up my Linksys Adapter in Linux? I'm compltetly new to Linux.
 
Old 08-19-2006, 12:31 PM   #6
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would it be possible for me to remove the boot-loader
I suppose you could remove BootMagic, but to have a functioning computer, you would have to replace it with another, such as Grub or Lilo, especially if you want to have a dual boot system. The boot loader is the program that asks you which operating system you want to start and resides on the master boot record (MBR) of your hard drive.
 
Old 08-19-2006, 02:40 PM   #7
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I suppose you could remove BootMagic, but to have a functioning computer, you would have to replace it with another, such as Grub or Lilo, especially if you want to have a dual boot system. The boot loader is the program that asks you which operating system you want to start and resides on the master boot record (MBR) of your hard drive.
I mean the one that I installed with Linux. However BootMagic is now loading on startup so I don't think it's a problem, but whenever I get to BootMagic and choose Fedora Core it tells me it's preparing to load Fedora Core and just sits there. Should I just clear the partition that Fedora Core is on and reinstall it?
 
Old 08-20-2006, 03:54 PM   #8
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Bump


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Old 08-22-2006, 06:07 AM   #9
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I takes to long to get satisfied. So Backup your XP Files.
Prepare a fresh install of WinXP for example you have got a 80GB HDD and you want to have 50% occupied of each OS.
In the WinXP 1st Install Routine clean all partitions to empty space.
The size your windows NTFS partition so that there is still 40GB unpartitioned space left. Finish your XP Installation with all those reboots and so on...
Then Boot with the FC Medium and it will yell "Hey I found another OS!!" and you just say yes to the suggested way to fit it the other OS into your GRUB Bootloader configuration. Use the free 40GB Space and create your EXT3 or whatever partitions.
After your are have completed the whole FC Setup. You will have the GRUB Bootloader who will give you the choice wich OS you want to load.
I won't recommend those tools like Bootmagic.
At the end it's the easiest way and a little practice is included for free.
 
  


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