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Old 03-04-2004, 05:19 AM   #16
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Thank you for the advice. I will try to get Mandrake first (by reinstalling it?). I am pretty confident with installing Mandrake, except regarding mounting the partition. Do you mind giving me advice on how to assign the file system to the partition? If my RAM is 512Mb, and my HDD is approx. 120 GB, and the partition I want to install to is 17Gb. How do I assign the '/boot' ? (how many Mbs and what file system type?) what about the file system swap and the size? Do I have to allocate space for every other sector as well, like, the '/var', '/usr', etc? How do I do that? Finally, what bootloader would you recommend using? Grub? Or Lilo? Thank you very much for all the replies
 
Old 03-04-2004, 05:51 AM   #17
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If you restore the bootloader it should fix your current installation, if you want to do a reinstall anyway I suggest just having one large root partition, there is no need for a separate /boot partition, and 512mb of swap.
Yes you can allocate separate partitions for every mount point such as /var /usr etc but its not necessary. On a desktop PC I'd say you're fine with one big root. For the filesystem go ext3, as for the bootloader personally I prefer GRUB, and I'm more familiar with it.

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Old 03-04-2004, 04:17 PM   #18
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I've installed Linux properly on one of my partition. However, it still gives me only a terminal screen after i rebooted and selected linux from the bootloader. (where it asked me for my logon id and password, I didn't know what to do afterwards. What do I have to do to get my KDE up and running? What might have went wrong if everytime I install it this screen appears? Thank you
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:56 PM   #19
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There's plenty of threads on configuring and starting X, look around, basically your need to have /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 configured( using xf86config etc, there's few tools to choose from) then you either type "startx" at the console or load a DM(GUI login manager) which usually launches automatically on runlevel 5 (try typing "init 5" as root)
 
  


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