well hello there. this is my 2nd post. (the first one said i can't post url's in it..but that's fine, i bet i can guess why...)and i've rummaged around the net and various other forums and so on trying to find out as much as i can...
this is going to be a really big post, so bear with me ;) and thanks ahead of time, especially if you make it to the end lol
i am using win98SE, i do not plan on installing xp, 2k, vista, or anything else...ever.. from microsoft regarding operating systems.
however i need a better file system then fat32 because of extrema size limits. i think i can only go up to 132 gigs here and anything past 3 or 4 gigs in a single file is really pushing it for my system.
i searched around and hey linux has these massive file systems... so okay.. time to finally switch to linux, but whoa there's 500 some variations and here i thought there was just one or two ;)
anyway i want to put in at least one partition thats ntsf i suppose unless there's something more reliable, this was my original plan but its' changing as i learn about new things heh
the problem though is that i have... 2 hard drives, a 40 and an 80
the 20 is really old and slow, the 80.. isn't sorta...
the 80 gig has uhh 4 things to it:
C: 5 gig
E: 42 gig
F: 17 gig
G: 10 gig (hey that only adds up to 74 o.O? lol)
the other slower drive is made up of
D: 17 gig
H: 2 gig
well that's some of the drive specs
the thing i want to do is keep win98 and have the choice of booting between the two.
is there something special i need to install to have the choice between the two? i believe fedora does that for me when i attempt to install it...but i don't know for sure.
i downloaded F-7-i386-DVD.iso, F-7-i386-rescuecd.iso, and SHA1SUM from a torrent off of http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/
i did not see a link to download a cd sized install of linux there, however i saw different live-cd things, which from what i read about is supposed to be a boot cd version type of thing... which comes to another problem i have..
--i can't boot from my cd drive :S
i seen things that offer programs to fix something about this.
i can set my bios to boot from cd, but regardless of what i do, it fails to boot -anything- regardless of what it is...
my primary ide has my 2 hard drives,
my 2nd ide has my cd burner, and my 100-zip drive.
i think it's because my cd is on 2nd ide but i dono about such things :S
i have a cd with knoppix that i burned to try to test out linux but i can't get my system to even boot windows off of a cd ( like the winxp cd that ppl can boot off of )
if you noted from above, i have a cd burner, not a dvd burner, and i have the dvd image of fedora......
i have this program that allows me to mount cd or dvd images, but it's a windows program. not dos or anything else...
so here's another question, can i use windows to mount this dvd image, install fedora, put in a duel boot option?
im affird fedora will act like windwos when it installs and restart my pc, then continue installing, and then say can not find file error or something ( because they're all packed up in an iso after all, and windows isn't on running the virtual cd/dvd thing)
i don't even have a clue how much space i'm going to need to at least install the system to get me going.. many web sites say anything from 300 megs to 5 gigs and don't give me details of what's installed that takes up that much. i know there's minimal and extensive versions of linux, but websites with no details is just....bah
i just want a graphical interface like my windows desktop ( whatever it may be ) i know i'll have the command terminal thing.
and i've been working real hard to free up space on all my drives cuz i don't know how this is going to work yet... that's why i'm here at the moment heh
i was thinking of getting 2 200 meg drives because they're super cheap over here where i live. but i found out windows 98 has 32 bit addressing, and thus has a ceiling, a cap, a limit on how high my machine can count ( somewhere near 128 gigs ) ...this is what started this whollleeee process of getting me to right here lol
i thought about adding on devices into my usb like on here http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/201/42/
but really i'm getting tired of win98 not begin compatible with things i want, and i don't like where windows is heading...soo.. time to move on heh
i've free'd up space.. just to get the dvd iso.. but hey i'll spend another month or so cleaning my pc out so i can actually install fedora... i only had like 50 megs free on *all* drives, so you can imagine the funny things i'm facing hehe
also i want to know if i can install linux from live-cd type of packages, because i can't find cd-sized fedora on that http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/
page at all, but i see things that look like boot cd to 'test' linux...but my sys fails to boot soo.. i'll test it the hard way if i have to... to just install it and see what happens.
as i look around the forums, i see that my vid card, nvidia geforce4 mx 4000 is compatible with all dist's and hooray too because this card is becoming total junk har har, and i read the variosu things about 3rd party drivers vs the one's in linux..don't i don't understand the terminology yet about most things related to linux. that will come with time and exp... x.X
i assume a lot of my hardwhere profile stuffs is already working in linux stuff, it's nothing brand new and super weird or fancy soo..
i would like to install fedora onto my D drive..
i don't even know if fedora is the best but eh i'll find those topics around here somewhere.. i actually couldn't find any when i looked, and the readme thing says they're everywhere o.O lol
soo.. let's see here.. i'll recap on stuffs since all the storyline is above
i need to find some number of how much space i need to free up to install fedora.. for jsut the basics to start me off so i may expand it later
i need to make this whole thing a dual boot so i can keep windows 98 in case things go wrong lol plus i have many things that i need 98 for at the moment. perhaps that will change later.
i need to find a smaller install if i can't use windows to install my dvd iso using demon tools virtual cd/dvd drive( in case fedora asks me to restart and then fails to install cuz it's wondering where the files where that was just there...)
and i need to have something more useful than this fat32 for storing ridiculously large files with ridiculously large drive capacities, and from what i see on the wiki's about linux.. this seems to be it :D
wish me luck o.O just don't say i'm something that rhyme's with it... lol