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I have a Gateway 500GR and I am looking to set up a dual boot system using XP and a Linux distro that is TBD, for now I'm trying to get the HDD formatted. I don't have the money for Partition Magic or something else like that, so I need something that will do it for less, preferably w/o guaranteeing to destroy my data. I have everything backed up, but I'd like to avoid the trouble of having to reload 8 gigs of music onto my drive again, plus tracking down all those stupid activation codes for the software on it....
Anyway, I've heard there's a tool called QTParted that's found on some Linux distros, including Knoppix and other Rescue CDs, problem is I can't get Knoppix to boot on my machine, I think it doesn't like the PCI Express graphics on it, because it's just giving me a blank screen.
I can watch it do the whole boot-up system, but once it finishes boot-up and goes to open the GUI, it goes blank. The shell still works, I type HALT and it shuts down, but I can't see anything.
So what I need is either a LiveCD distro of Linux that is known to work with PCI Express, a fix for Knoppix that would make it work with PCI Express, or a free, Windows based tool that can resize my partitions and still give me the chance to not have to go thru the pain of reinstalling windows. Any ideas?