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Old 02-07-2002, 05:12 PM   #1
Swive
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Question Much help needed on installing Linux


Hello, everybody. This is my first time posting here as well as my first time asking questions about Linux.

Let me first say that I am tired of MS bullsh*t and I want to make the change. I also have to say that I have been extremely unimpressed with the lack of help I have found around the web for somebody who hasn't a clue where to begin to make the switch. I will admit, I've been an MS user for a LONG TIME now....since DOS 3.0 at least, and I have tried to find help files on how to do this with no luck.

Well, now that we have firmly established that I am familiar with MS systems and operations, I need some help on making the switch. A little info for you...

I have a Dual 533 celeron machine with an abit BP6 mobo. Two hard drives. I need to keep Win2K as I still use it for my work. I would like to put Linux on the second HD but still have the option to load W2K when I need it. For the time being, I don't care if I have to switch out IDE cables all the time or if Linux is connected to the internet for that matter....I just want to play around with it and get my feet wet. Here is my initial question....The W2K HD is a 5400 and the one I want to put linux on is a 7200. Is this possible?

Second question...What next? I know how to use Microsoft's FDISK but don't know really what I need to be doing with it. I can find my way around on a *nix system, but that's about it. Please...any help would be wonderful. I know somebody out there has been in this situation before....can you help?

-K
 
Old 02-07-2002, 05:35 PM   #2
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What do you mean with your HD problem? Do you mean W2K will run on a 5400 rpm HD and Linux will run on a 7200 rpm HD? If so, the rpm of the HD doesn't matter at all.

You don't even need FDisk to put linux on a Harddrive if that is all that is going to be on the HD. You just restart the comp off of the CD rom with the linux CD in the CD rom and then tell it to reformat the HD. Remember to make 2 partions (at least), one for the root and the other for the swap.

How do you like St. Cloud? I have just started going to school here at the college and it is ok. Also, are there any good computeing groups here?
 
Old 02-08-2002, 08:32 AM   #3
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Yeah....I meant that W2k will stay on the 5400 Hard Drive and Linux should go on the other. Will I have to use the regular IDE connection instead of the HPT366?

St. Cloud is alright. It's close enough to the cities to avoid being a total void of culture. Some decent bars downtown, too.

There used to be a Linux group here. It was at www.scalug.org but I haven't seen that site up in quite some time......

Just did a search for it. It's at this addy now...
http://www.cloudnet.com/~tomc/scalug.html


Hope that helps. Maybe we can get together sometime and head to a meeting. Let me know. Thanks for the help. I'm going to try it that way and see what happens.

-K
 
Old 02-08-2002, 01:35 PM   #4
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You'll be fine, luckily linux has an excellent way for managing operating systems in the boot loader LILO or GRUB depending on the distro you install on your machine.

For partitioning, some distros have a very easy graphical partitioner in the installation of the OS and some others require you use cfDisk which is very easy to use and you'll get it easily.

fdisk is alittle bit harder to use but not too bad.

Try a newbie friendly distro first like "mandrake" or "redhat" and then switch over to the more flexable distributions if you feel you want to do so.

Cheers, therion.
 
Old 02-08-2002, 02:15 PM   #5
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damnit....everytime I try to install Redhat 6.2 my machine locks up. I can get as far as the "Click next to install" screen and then I'll hit "Next" and it brings up a "Formatting drives" dialogue and then nothing. It just locks up and I have to restart.

Maybe I'm not doing something right using the Druid partitioner. When I'm at the screen where I'm choosing my partitions, I see four seperate partitions. The Win2K HD that I have is the first one. Do I need to change any settings for that? I left it as undefined. The other three partitions were set for /, boot, and swap.

Another route would be to do the automatic partitioning. If I choose that option, will it completely erase my Windows Hard Drive?

Thanks for your help and patience everybody. I'm really frustrated right now because I've been trying this all day.

-K
 
Old 02-08-2002, 08:38 PM   #6
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If you are going to dedicate one HD to Linux and the other to Win2K, you could just remove teh Win2k HD. You could then just reformat the HD that your comp sees.

You may also want to get an updated version of RedHat (v7.2) or reburn the CD's.

Thanks for the info on the St. Cloud website. I am unhappy that the next meeting will be in July when I wouldn't be around I will definitely get myself on the mailing list.

Last edited by Jedi_Cheese; 02-08-2002 at 08:40 PM.
 
Old 02-11-2002, 01:42 AM   #7
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i am also a newbie but have installed rh 7.1 a number of times. try using the fdisk tool that appears with the installation of rh7.1. it is much better than disk druid (i feel that is.). try it and follow the onscreen instructions. it does not save the partitions until u ask it to. that is good u see. remember to create atleast a swap partition atleast.
 
  


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