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Originally Posted by sivaji
Hi to all,
I am using windows vista home premium . Now i want install Linux in my system keeping vista unchanged. I tried with linux live cd but i had a problem of partition of the hard drive . Can any one help me to install linux in my system. I want to use mopac for rate constant determination.
thanks in advance
You will need to make space for your GNU/Linux on your M$Vista hdd. The best way is to use the M$ tools;
Start > Right Click Computer > Pick Manage > Pick Disk Management
From the above 'disk management' you should defrag the drive then re-size to suit your GNU/Linux partition(s) needs. Be sure to leave enough space for the M$Vista needs. Most installs will work with 10-20GB space. For a newbie a '/' partition along with a 'swap' partition will suffice for a desktop.
Once the M$Vista partition(s) have been re-sized you then can use the GNU/Linux of choice to install. Most distribution do the creation of the partition(s) for the filesystem on the free space then format the partition for you. If not then a manual creation must be done. There are some advantages to the manual creation. The biggest is the verification of the space on the new partition(s) that you created then format for the filesystem.
I don't know which livecd you have but you should not have a problem with the install. If you do then come back with the information; Distribution &version, detail of the problem.
The problems that I see the most are that newbie's fail to do a hash check (md5sum) for the downloaded iso image
. Thus the image may not be valid therefore a failed install of the GNU/Linux. Sometimes the image is valid but the burn is bad. Which can sometimes be solved by slowing the burn rate down. I like to verify the burn by doing a md5sum on the burn and compare to the original iso hash.
Another issue sometimes is that newbies don't burn the image but copy the files. You must burn the iso image
You can do a search here on LQ as this subject has been covered a LOT.