hey dude, weL to the community , though i am a newbie myself http://images.linuxquestions.org/que...ons/icon10.gif
but i have installed mandrake 18 times in 3 days heheh so now i exactly know how to install it properly with windows 2000 pro or win xp, Here it goes:
First of all, your windows should be installed first ( if u plan to re-install it) , make room for One separte partition ( i think 6GB would be enough) for mandrake. Make sure you not to do anything with your Primary Dos Partition,leave it as it is and do not install mandrake on it.
Insert disk 1 , it will ask you to reboot ( the cd is bootable so you can boot from it ass well), After rebooting , a nice window will show up , press enter , the setup will then pre-configure your system ( probing devices and stuff , bit it will be quick) . Then u will be asked to choose the language, then keep on entering common stuff until you ARE ASKED FOR ONTO WHICH PARTITION U WANT TO INSTALL MANDRAKE.
CHOOSE CUSTOM PARTiON, There are other options given in i.e erasing the whole Hard disk or make a new partition from a current windows partition, but select custom partition.
On the following window, u will see all your drives on the top in blue rectangles, (showing u that they are FAT or NTFS format) . You should know which one to select as your mandrake partition ( or if u have any unpartioned space left it will be shown there as well ) . On the bottom u will see lots of command buttons, press the Toggle to expert button, After this u will get more options on the left side menu of your window, Press Type and select the partiton type (format) JFS ext 3, or any other JFS . It will ask for confirmation. After this , u will find a MOUNT button on the top of the left side menu, just type / and press ok. now Proceed forward by pressing next. It will confirm you for to format the Partiton.
After this installation is damn easy , it will ask you which packages you need , such as multimedia, configration, select all that u want. After installing it will ask u to set a root password, i would suggest not to set it now coz u can set it later , then it will ask you make a user, be sure to make one , then it will detect and install your hardware, a summary in the end will show you all the configured hardware, The one that is not configred can be manually configured there but u need to know the name and model of your hardware.
NOW is the most inportant part, to configure your boot loader.. In the summary find the
Boot device option and press configure... In a new window it will show the following
Boot Loader TO USE ---Select GRUB from the list
do nothing with BOOT DEVICE --- it will be set as /dev/hda by default
You can set the boot delay time --by default its 10
Enable ACPI , if your motherboard support it
Now press ok, A new window will pop up showing you the currently listed options in the boot loader.... Press ADD --- then press "other OS" , Put LABLE = windows 2000 pro (or whatever u want it to be) , From the Root select the hda ( hda1, hda2,hda3..) on which your windows is installed , If you see a Table option then Select /dev/hda
If u want it to be the default option on the boot u can seleect it and press OK
Now u are done , reboot and enjoy ...........
After gaining some linux experience you will be able to set grapical bootloader (LILO) but for the time being leave it to GRUB ( I think it gives less problems as well)
Oh yeah if you dont hear any sound which playing mp3s or anything , go to multimedia and open aumix + kmix , unmute the sound and vol up to full .... Its muted by default.
If still u get the problem as i did , i know how to solve it now :>
Originally posted by mindatwork
Hi Friends. Today i'm going to try install mandrake 9.2 on my pc next to w2k pro.
I'm completely new to linux but got my mind open to learn, so i want you to help me with your advices before start the install.
¿Do i must to count on something for special, or just to insert the first cd and go straight ahead without fear?
i´m almost an expert in windows - even in blue screens!!!- So, will i found many problems during the process?
Thank you very much.