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Old 03-31-2006, 07:26 AM   #1
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Have new system, advice me to build it dual boot!!!


Hi friends!, I just build a new system, and I'd like to move to linux world. My new PC has a 80 Gb SATA hard drive, and I can use my old PC's hard disk (20 Gb, not SATA,if needed (not about size, 80 Gb is enough for me). Both disks are empty, all my data were saved to CD.
I still wanna have XP, to play some games and to run a small File Maker db I use for my sales job (I thinking about change it in the future to OpenOffice Base or other free database).
I choose SUSE, so I have its Eval DVD (10.0).
How should I make the partitions? In which partition should I install grub? Does SUSE include nvidia drivers for my nforce chipset and nvidia video card?
Thank you!!!
 
Old 03-31-2006, 07:34 AM   #2
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some answers

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Originally Posted by lomba36
My new PC has a 80 Gb SATA hard drive, and I can use my old PC's hard disk (20 Gb, not SATA,if needed (not about size, 80 Gb is enough for me). Both disks are empty, all my data were saved to CD.
I still wanna have XP, to play some games and to run a small File Maker db I use for my sales job

How should I make the partitions?
Both are possible. If you want to split the 80 gig drive or use the two drives seperatly its up to you. The Suse installer is very easy to use and if you install windows first (and specify you only want to use 40GB for windows) then Suse will hopefully automaticaly sort out the partitioning for you. otherwise you will need to find a suse install/partitioning guide.

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Originally Posted by lomba36
In which partition should I install grub?
I'd install it to the MBR (master Boot Record). and as i said before if you install XP first it will pick up XP and allow you to choose which to boot.

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Originally Posted by lomba36
(I thinking about change it in the future to OpenOffice Base or other free database).
I choose SUSE, so I have its Eval DVD (10.0).
This is OK to look into in the future however the macro/basic languages are different between access and OOo Base so you will have difficulty in converting (best left for a long weekend)


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Does SUSE include nvidia drivers for my nforce chipset and nvidia video card?
Thank you!!!
As far as i know it does. If you need anything extra then you can always download and install the drivers from the Nvidia site.

Last edited by amon; 03-31-2006 at 07:36 AM.
 
Old 03-31-2006, 07:40 AM   #3
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What is your CPU? If it is an AMD64 then ya can install Suse 64-bit. This is faster than Suse 32-bit(if you have an AMD64).

for partitioning....
Depending on how much you use Windows the schemes could vary. I personally would do

25GB partition for your Suse install
50GB partition for your /home. This is where all your personal files go.
5GB FAT32 partition(for moving files between Windoze and Linux.

Let me explain: the 25GB is where you install all your programs and the 50GB is for your documents. The reason there are two different ones is so that if Suse ever blows up you can reinstall and not lose all your data.(I think of Windoze at this point).

The 5GB is for for those files you want to be able to see under both Linux And Windoze. Linux can't write to NTFS filesystems that well so that is why.

Suse supports nforce chipsets as well as nvidia video cards. Hope this helps

Then install Windows on your 20GB drive
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Old 03-31-2006, 08:48 AM   #4
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I recommend a different partitioning scheme:
~10GB Windows + Windows apps
~10GB Linux + apps
balance FAT32 data partition---easily shared between Windows and Linux

I would put the OSes on the smaller drive and have the data be on a separate disk.

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