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Old 02-09-2008, 09:56 AM   #1
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Partition format in PCLinuxOS


I was recommended to try this as a simple distro for a dummie. But it seems to be over my head as well. I have gotten only so far as formatting the hard drive and did not know my way. In Kubuntu and Fedora this was surprisingly intuitive and easy. You could see how much of hda, hdb was used for Windows NTFS and just added some of the free space to be formatted in ext3. The PCLinuxOS has no colorful diagrams, it just displays the whole HD blue and I dont know how on earth do I dedicate just part of it for Linux or is it gonna blow my whole harddisk? I tried the autoallocation button and it informed me there was not enough free space for this procedure. 120 GB not enough? Like what is that, a Vista quadruple? I am totally puzzled. Any ideas? I have two HDs, one old in FAT32 format divided into three logical drives and with windows running on it and one new in NTFS format added as it is with 118 GB free space.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:11 AM   #2
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one new in NTFS format added as it is with 118 GB free space.
Which is it: it's formatted NTFS, or it's free space? It can't be both.

It can be formatted NTFS and empty (no files there), or it can be unformated (free space)?
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:19 AM   #3
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I see your point, you mean the allocation button did not work because there was not enough free unformatted space. What I meant is, it is in NTFS, but there is 118 GB (under NTFS) that do not contain data and there I would like my PCLinux installation. I guess I will try once more
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:30 AM   #4
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If it were my machine, I'd use windows to delete the one NTFS partition, and create one primary, bootable partition (formated or not doesn't patter) for PCLOS (about 5 gig ought to do), and one extented partition for the rest of the disk. At any time in the future you need more partitions for whatever, then create logical partitions inside the extended partition.

Then reboot with the PCLOS cd in the drive, start the installation, and select the primary, bootable partition as the place to install. At some point, you should be prompted to select the filesystem type (ext2, ext3, reiserFS, or some other) and whether or not to format. Just say yes to the format option, and PCLOS will format prior to installing the OS.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 12:16 PM   #5
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Thank you, I already formatted the disk in PCLinuxOS. Nice distro, everything I need is in it, simple gui. Except for the original nvidia video drivers, they probably withdraw those from their ftp sites. But who knows. Maybe one day I will like the linux so much, I will learn to compile from kernel source . Again, big thanks
 
Old 02-10-2008, 04:51 AM   #6
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The list of supported nvidia drivers for the live-evaluation PCLinuxOS CD are mentioned on page 29:

http://www.mypclinuxos.com/downloads...e_CD_Guide.pdf

http://www.pclinuxonline.com/wiki/Se...how_comments=1

Also try posting to the pclinuxos forum:

http://www.pclinuxos.com/index.php?o..._smf&Itemid=58

http://www.friendshipforum.co.uk/for...ead.php?t=2154

http://help.lockergnome.com/linux/Fl...ict274299.html
 
  


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