LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 07-03-2003, 04:45 PM   #1
mrsrands
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: central iowa/usa
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
want to have dual options


I want to install linux on a 10GB partition of a 80GB drive that already has windows xp on it. The partition has not been formatted that I know of, but the other 70GB is the NTSF system. I know absolutely nothing about linux, but have heard rave things, so I want to give it a whirl. Can anyone explain how to do this in steps a dumb blonde can follow?

Thanks!! and emails are welcome...

Mrs Rands
mrsrands@yahoo.com
 
Old 07-03-2003, 05:20 PM   #2
Pcghost
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: The Real Washington
Distribution: Debian, Android
Posts: 1,819

Rep: Reputation: 46
All you need to do is boot to disk 1 (cd) of the distrobution of your choice, and when it gets to the part about partitioning, click "use existing free space". It will at some point ask which OS you want to be the default, make that choice and you are on your way to computing enlightenment. :-)
 
Old 07-03-2003, 05:20 PM   #3
mrtwice
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2002
Distribution: xubuntu 8.10
Posts: 225

Rep: Reputation: 31
Grab the disto that you want to install.

Follow the directions and start whatever setup program they have. Usually this entails booting from the cd and following the prompts.

Eventually you will get some kind of setup screen that asks you where you want to install Linux. This is where you pick the 10 GB partition (technically you will need to take some swap space out of that 10GB and make it a seperate partition).

Your best bet is to figure out which distro you want and then read their install howto/instructions.
 
Old 07-03-2003, 05:29 PM   #4
A08
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2002
Location: Earth/Europe/Ireland/Wicklow/Bray
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 17

Rep: Reputation: 0
Hi,

I can only speak for Red Hat since version 7, but there is not much to explain to get everything up and running...

Just insert the setup cd and reboot your system. All you have to do is follow the onscreen instructions. It will automaticly install a boot loader and configure everything to run your old OS (it will call it 'DOS' by default, but you can change it of course). You should read the help texts on the left hand side and you should be fine. You will have to choose between two bootloaders - i would recommend Grub, it is definitely easier to configure and looks cooler, too

...but if you really cannot get your head around one of the options to choose, you can come back here and ask about it - but have no fear, it is easier than you might think!


cheers,
Chris
 
Old 07-08-2003, 09:38 PM   #5
mrsrands
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: central iowa/usa
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
doesn't sound too complicated, i'm going to give it a try!!

Thanks all!!
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
lost dual options jasmeet93 Linux - Software 3 05-29-2005 06:52 AM
Dual Boot Menu Options MarcoTUX Linux - Software 3 03-06-2005 02:25 PM
dual boot options please help me. golpemortal Linux - Software 1 08-08-2004 08:59 PM
dual boot options please help me. golpemortal Linux - Software 2 07-11-2004 12:42 AM
help with som Basic dual boot options Scott_Freedman Linux - Newbie 3 10-21-2003 11:12 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:11 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration