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Well, first off. Congratulations on getting through the install process. None of these are really problems, just little things that have yet to be configured.
1. I'm not familiar with Mandrake 9, so it might not be the same for you, but I know there's a configuration tool similar to Window's Control Panel. this is called the Mandrake Control Center, or MCC. in there you'll be able to configure many things graphically. Under the "boot" section of the MCC you should find what you want to change. This can also be changed by editing the file "/etc/lilo.conf" and editing where it says Windows NT, put whatever you want. After you save that file, make sure you open a terminal and run the command "lilo" as root.
2. What size is the disk that windows see's as D? is it wanting to format the entire disk, or just the 1.5gig partition? If it's just the 1.5gig partition, then that means that DiskDrake(the partition tool in Mandrake) didn't format the partition, so you'll just have to format it yourself. Windows does not recognize linux partitions. if you want to view linux partitions in windows, try using a tool like explore2fs.
3. I don't know anything about programming, so I would suggest you ask this question in the Programming forum here on the site.
Start hanging out at the Mandriva forum, here on LQ.org you'll learn a lot there.
Ok, thanks, I manage to customize boot with MCC. That is fixed
That issue about partition is really weird. In windows, that drive is recognized like:
LocalDisk D: and when I do properties I can see this:
Type: Local Disk
File system: RAW
Used space 0 bytes
Free space 0 bytes
What should I do?
Is there any way to enlarge that window bar with minimize, maximize and close,
it is really small (17" Monitor, resolution 1024x768 32 bit coluour)?
And a little problem that just came up. I have two computers and they are in LAN (Windows)
when I start linux I experience a long delay and finally get "failed" under
bringing up interface eth0. I know that is network card, since I'm not going to use it, how can I disable it?
For the partition thing, I'm really not sure, actually. I don't use XP anymore, so can't help you there. Try asking in the General section of the site.
I'm not sure what you mean by "Window Bar" Are you talking about the Taskbar, at the bottom of the screen? I don't know what you could do to enlarge that other than increasing your resolution.
For the network thing, is there something that looks like 2 plugs unplugged in your system tray? try right clicking on that and select Configure interface. If it doesn't have that, then I'm not sure what to do. If it does, go into the options tab and unclick the "start at boot" checkbox. That should fix it.
Thank for help, I formatted drive in windows as FAT32 and it was recognized as 1.5 GB, so it is OK.
By windows bar I mean bar just like in windows on every windows there is a bar which have on the upper right corner usually three mini buttons: minimize, maximize and close. Close button has label "X". Do you know what I mean?
Is there any difference between FAT and FAT32 in linux?
Also how can I access these partitions in linux, I choose gnome desktop. On desktop I have CD rom, but there is no such thing like My computer and windows explorer....? Do you have any useful link for windows users getting started in linux?