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Old 01-11-2004, 02:55 PM   #1
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Exclamation Need help on Changing Distro's


Hi all, searched the forum to see if this has been asked before but couldn't find a thread. I'm currently running Mandrake 9.0 / XP dual boot using Lilo as the boot loader. No matter how much I read etc I can't get any programs to succesfully install and run so I want to change distro's to Slackware 9.1

Can someone explain to me what the easiest way of making this transisiton would be?? Should I do a format of my linux drive?? If so how should I do this?? Or is it possible to just over write the linux O/S with a new one? Also will it be an issue if the installation goes bad booting into Windows?
 
Old 01-11-2004, 03:18 PM   #2
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To switch over to slackware just install it normally, the install program will have an option to format your / directory and all. By defualt slackware uses lilo so you should not have any trouble installing that since you were able to do it before.

Not sure how lilo is installed to the MBR but with grub when you delete the boot directory for linux grub will no longer be able to boot windows (maybe I dont know how to completely install to mbr with grub).

The install should not be a problem at all. When I installed I found it to be one of the easiest installs Ive ever done.
 
Old 01-11-2004, 03:43 PM   #3
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Ok so just to clarify (us noobs need peace of mind!!!)

1. Download the ISO's and copy to CD's

2. Boot to CD ROM and install from Slackware Disks

Just a quick question. My current system is configured on physical HDs. I have an 80 GIG NTFS for XP, and a 60 GIG that is split into 20 GIG shared FAT32 (for linux and windows files), a 40 gig EXT3 drive for Linux (which Mandrake is currently on), and a Linux swap space of around 5 GIG i think.

Theoretically this should stay the same when installing Slackware right? No need to do any partitioning etc. Just overide the already made EXT3 drive with the Slackware install?? Also, the fact that I have Lilo already installed does that mean it will pretty much stay there and when I reboot instead of the current Mandrake / Windows options I will see Slackware ones instead??
 
Old 01-11-2004, 03:51 PM   #4
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WOW 5 gig swap and 40 gig for / WOW... youll never need that much...well maybe not never But yea slack install will use the same swap partition and will ask to choose a / directory just use the 40 gig, it will then format it. After that it will ask if you want to add additional linux drive or fat32 drives.

Slackware install will ask if you want to install lilo, either choose yes or no, as I said im not to familiar with lilo so my advice would say to isntall it and put xp on it that way you can make sure it will boot at least into slackware.
 
Old 01-11-2004, 04:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help Zero--0-Effect. That's put my mind at ease. I've heard Slackware is an excellent distribution that is quite powerful. Finally I may be able to successfully install programs like mplayer and winex and actually get them working successfully!! And about the space, I don't think my swap is that big, I may have exaggerated a little :P I just have so much space didn't know what to do with it!!!

Cheers mate
 
Old 01-11-2004, 04:20 PM   #6
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lol.. I personally never used my swap space while running slackware.. never used 1/2 my memory either.

GOOD LUCK and HAPPY INSTALL!!
 
  


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