I'm a newbie too, and had trouble with this but managed it with a lot of help - see the thread Redhat, WinME, Lilo, dual boot
. I am using GRUB from a floppy which is just as quick as writing to the MBR - WinME is like Win2000 because it gets upset when you overwrite the MBR - some kids just won't share ...
Without seeming facetious, shouldn't the magazine have given you some installation instructions ... ? No matter though.
First recommendation is get a good book from O'reilly like Learning Red Hat Linux - even if you're not running RH, very little in the book is exclusive to Red Hat.
If you've gone with Mandrake, that's fine. For Red Hat, I think you need to :
[list=1][*]Boot into windoze.[*]Defragment your Hard Drive, using the utility in configuration folder.[*]Make a Startup Disk (Emergency Boot Disk) in Win[*]Format another floppy in Win - ideally from a DOS prompt as Win will put superfluous stuff on the disk.[*]Ideally at a DOS prompt, copy the programs restorrb.exe
to the floppy,[*]Reboot from your startup floppy into the minimal DOS mode (just DOS mode in Win9x),[*]Run the program fips.exe which will identify how much spare space there is left for the linux installation,[*]Split the disk into 2 partitions. When it asks you if you want to save the boot.img to disk, put (or leave) your floppy in the drive and hit enter.[*]Reboot your computer from the linux cdrom. You should be able to delete the newly created partition (not the one with Windoze on it which should be marked hda0)[*]Add a new partition of type ext2.[*]Proceed with the installation.[*]Don't forget to make a linux boot floppy
[*]If things go wrong (There have been minor glitches with 7.0 installations which are claimed to be fixed in 7.1), Boot from the emergency floppy into DOS and run restorrb.exe from the other floppy you formatted. This should ask you if you want to restore the root/boot sector from rootboot.000. Click enter. You're back at number 1 now.[/list=1]
Again, I strongly
recommend getting a newbie o'reilly book - you can always sell it to someone else when you're done.