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The more I use windows the more I hate it. I am trying to switch to Linux (I have mandrake 9.2). However, it is going to take me a while to get used to it, so I am wondering what I can do in order to creat a swap partition where I can share files? I know this question is somewhat answered, but I am still not clear on how to do it? Also, where can I get this Partition Magic everyone is talking about?
The best way to share files between the two OS's is to create a FAT32 partition. BTW your use of the term swap paritition could be misleading to people. If you are using W2K or XP your parititions are probably NTFS. You will need to resize the existing drive(s) to make room for linux and to create an additional partition for sharing files.
FYI a swap partition is the same thing as virtual memory or pagefile on a windows system. In windows its a file within an existing drive. In linux its a whole seperate partition which makes it faster.
The Mandrake install can resize your partitions(s) that you have (defrag first!), so I wouldn't waste the money on partition magic. I have also read several horror stories about it as well.
If you don't really have anything worth saving in Windows, you can pre-partition as you like with the free Ranish Partition Manager, format the fat32 filesystem that both Windows and Linux can write to, install Windows, then Linux.
Some steps for you to help climb the learning curve.
I will work on it soon.
I also have another question. My friend has RedHat (not sure which version) and she wants to change the boot menu so the boot loader displays RedHat to be the default option. I tried doing to it the same as I did to my mandrake:
1. going to the /etc directory.
2. changing the default OS.
3. typing 'lilo' were it updated everything.
It didn't do that! Does RedHat have a different command?
what should I do. The file that was closest to my lilo.conf was lilo.conf.anaconda ? does this mean something that I still don't know?!
While I was checking things out, I found the directory root/mnt/windows which allowed me to access and copy files from the "windows partition". Would this be called my swap part of the HD? also I wasn't able to write files to that folder, just read from it (unless I was doing it wrong), so I am assuming it is not a FAT32 formatted partition. Am I right? It kept giving me a message saying that the file is a read-only file.
One more quesiton, my terminal name is quite long. It almost reaches the center of the terminal. it is xxxxxxxx@localhost [folder_name] % can I change it to display a shorter message?
thanks in advance,
the /mnt/windows is the mount point for your windows partition. NTFS partitions are read-only in linux... It's just the way it is, that's why you need a Fat32/Fat16 partition to write to so your windows OS will be able to read it.
your terminal name is the name of your machine. Go into the mandrake Control center and run through the wizard under networking. At one point you can set your DHCP name (its a check box that you have to scoll down for to enable the text box), input a shorter name that you want, and do the same for the DNS name. I am sure that someone will tell you which network config file to edit, i just not remember it off the top of my head.
I have another question for anyone to answer. I might be able to figure it out, but I don't know that much in linux to feel that free to mess around. Anyway, when Mandrake loads up, it pauses for a while at the eth0 trying to creat a connection with the network card. However, it takes a very long time to pass that. I am using a wireless card, so normally I don't have that connected. I am assuming it times out after trying several times. Is there a way to either disable that or make it shorter to detect?
The only way that I would know how to change eth0 is in your configuring your computer. You can deactivate the eth0 and reboot. See if that works.. If you have two network cards (eth0 & 1) you would be able to still get to the network, if not, you would have to re-activate the card b4 you try getting on the network.