Originally posted by rdonovan
because you're using an HP machine, you may have to use the HP disk management utility(should be DL able from HPs web site) to zero out you HDD before you repartition.
Wow, first let me say it's a pleasure to know that anyone is still reading this! Secondly, I should probably mention that I *did* finally get both OS's onto the system, but somehow, in the process, I ate the linux bootloader. (I can boot via floppy - or at least, I *could* five months ago when I finally threw my hands up in the air and took a break!)
I have another thread where I ask questions about getting the bootloader back, and I'll probably try some of those tips in the future. Right now, I'm laid up with a health problem - and thank god for laptops! (Although I can't internet access on a regular basis yet - anyone have a wireless modem they're looking to give away? I can only manage to sit up for a few minutes at a time each day, which makes plugging up to the home network and sitting in the office to surf a *big* pain! lol)
In the meantime, you might find it amusing to note that while my desktop is a Compaq (owned by HP).. I went out and bought an HP laptop. Not intentionally, I assure you. It was on sale, I got a great deal and it had everything that I wanted. Of course, now I might have other issues due to the proprietary OEM versions that seem to be so prevalent with this particular manufacturer. Let's hear it for building you own system! (I can't wait until laptops advance to that point *and* they don't cost $3000 for you to do it. My mother-in-law bought an alienware laptop - got to pick everything in it, right down to the OS - and spent $3400. eek!)
Can you tell I'm bored? lol At any rate, here's my update. Desktop (Compaq) is still running Windows XP, has linux on dual partition but bootloader is not loading. Laptop is running a dual boot Windows XP and linux and functions fine except for a few small problems.
1) In order to get linux to finally load without it either eating Windows XP or vice-versa, I had to *not* use the restore disks which came with the system. Just a note of caution for many of you out there in this situation - many of the restore disks are set to automatically partition the harddrive and do it in one way only. They don't give you the option of deciding how you want it partitioned. I, luckily, also got a Windows XP OS disk, and I installed that. This allowed me to choose the partition size and location but had two major drawbacks. a - No drivers. None of the proprietary drivers that made the system work so well were available on the OS disk. I had to do some hunting to get the drivers! ick. b - None of the software that came with the system - like WordPerfect and DVD burner, etc - were available on anything but the restore disk, and I - as yet - have figured out no way to access those files. If anyone comes up with anything, let me know - lol.
2) My sound card is not working with Mandrake. It is listed as a Sound Blaster 16 Pro compatible. (Which I guess means it's a generic.) I've tried multiple drivers with it, and I'm having no luck. Last I heard in the MDK9.1 files, there is no support for SB16. I guess my card counts as an SB16 and not an SBPro, since I can't get any sound except a system bell in linux. The system keeps telling me the sound server isn't loaded, and even if I go into MDK Control Center and manually load it, it still doesn't see it being loaded. *sigh*
3) The mouse on the laptop is *really* weird with the mouse drivers available. Anyone know if there's a particular laptop mouse driver available for MDK?
4) I have not yet figured out how to get my PCMCIA card working (haven't tried yet), and my laptop battery to show it's charge like it does for windows. Not too important though.
All in all, I'm pleased with the way linux runs on the laptop and I spend more time in it that in Windows. I was also fortunate that all I had to do was plug the laptop into the network and linux recognized that I was on a network and that there was an internet connection available. *That* was truly a pleasure!
Thanks, everyone, for the great posts! And I'm right with those who are complaining that the computer is, in a sense, becoming the next "idiot box". Unlike TV, it doesn't "rot your brain", but if the manufacturers keep treating us like we don't have one, it may happen anyways.
Incidentally, I'd never buy another Gateway. I had one, and had too much trouble with it.
Take care all!