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Old 07-16-2007, 04:41 PM   #1
randknu
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Question Triple booting install XPx64 / XP / Linux


I want to install linux on my main gaming rig. Mostly to learn how to set it up and use it so i can use it on my server which is running XP at the time.

To install it on my gaming rig which already dual boots Win XP x64 and ordinary XP pro? How would be the best way to do this.

And for choosing a distro: I want a simple distro, not complicated. I like command line but have no experience what so ever with linux commands. I have barely tried slackware before so i want to go with that, unless someone has another suggestion.

Oh and one more thing, Will i have any problem with any of my hardware?
Specs:
AMD A64 FX60
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium
XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB
Creative Audigy 2 ZS
2 GB Ram
4 harddrives
NEC DVD-RW
 
Old 07-16-2007, 05:11 PM   #2
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That hardware looks fine to me, with two possible exceptions. You may experience some issues with the Nvidia - until fairly recently, people had to use a specific beta driver from Nvidia to get it going. The other potential problem is the Audigy card - the mainstream cards are usually well-supported but support for higher-end cards tends to vary. You'll have to find out for yourself.

As for setting up Linux, that's easy enough. I suggest that you google for the Gparted liveCD and burn that as an iso. It will allow you to resize your ntfs partitions so you have free space to install Linux (unless you happen to have an ntfs partition that you can spare - then you can simply use that and reformat during install - btw, Linux can be installed in a logical parition, unlike windows). I don't use Slackware so I can't give to much advice on that - all I can say is that Slackware 11 may not be the best to use on fairly recent hardware. If your intention is to use Linux as a server, your interests may be better served by one of the distribtutions that has a good standing in that domain: Fedora or CentOS (both based on RedHat), Suse, ...
 
Old 07-20-2007, 03:15 AM   #3
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Ok, i have decided to try fedora 7, Are there anything special to consider when installing to a machine that already has two versions of windows?
 
Old 07-20-2007, 03:18 AM   #4
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As for hardware support it's really not a big issue since this is mostly to try and learn how to configure and set up linux and all the software i need on my server before i try it on the server which should be on-line as much as possible.
 
Old 07-20-2007, 12:35 PM   #5
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As long as you make sure you don't overwrite your windows, it should be plain sailing. The only potential problem I see is that windows may not get properly registered by GRUB, in which case you won't be able to boot into either of your windows systems. But still no reason to panic, an easy hack will solve it - if the problem arises at all. Fedora 7 is great, by the way.

Last edited by jay73; 07-20-2007 at 12:37 PM.
 
Old 07-21-2007, 02:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for all help, if i need more help i'll post in the fedora section.
 
  


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