Originally posted by jimmi3577
My set up
Laptop running Windows 2000 Professional ( NTFS )
Tried to set up a partition with Partition Magic 8.0 "PM 8"
All seems well until I reboot, then the partition magic says it cannot write to the MBR because the virus Protection stopped it. I tried using all the options to turn off Norton Works, but the problem still happens.
Where am I going wrong?
I will set up Mandrake 8.2 and hopefully upgrade it once i figure this out.
Firstly, you should get yourself something considerably more up to date - Mandrake 8.2 was what I first used over 3 years ago.
It's now known as Mandriva (since the buy out of connectiva), and the version known as 2005LE (yes they've changed the naming conventions as well) is what would have been 10.2 if they hadn't changed.
I can't say for certain, but you're likely to have considerably fewer problems is you get the latest (actually 2006 is in beta now, but 2005LE should do the job).
How much space do you have on your hard drive??? Because I always used to use PM8 to do my partitioning, but I've heard it can be problematic when making linux partitions (even though I never had any problems myself - though mine is a desktop system).
With the latest, you should be able to just boot the install disc and it should offer you the option of re-sizing your windows partition (it doesn't touch the windows unless you tell it too) - I'd say that you might want to have 5 to 10 gigs if possible. I use a lot more, but I don't have windows installed now and I used a 120 gig hdd.
Because it's a laptop, you might want to do some research first - though it's possible that you might be lucky and it would install without a hitch. Though I understand that this site
has some laptop related wisdom.
The usual difficulties are graphics (there are generic drivers, but you'll often get much better performance with the drivers from the chip makers site(s) - nvidia have better support than ATi), sound and modems/net connections (though if you use an external ethernet device it's usually pretty straight forward).
I can't really think of much else too suggest, though may have some ideas when you have got as far as attempting an install. You may also find some ideas at the laptop/mobile forum here at LQ or even at the mandrivausers forum
p.s. Oh and if you are lucky enough to get it installed without any difficulties, you need to put the bootloader on the first section of /dev/hda - this WILL overwrite you windows bootloader, but offer you the option to boot either windows or linux. If you put it anywhere else you usually need an alternative method of booting the linux install i.e. boot floppy or boot cd or some such.