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Tommorrow I am going to begin installing Slackware 9.1. I have downloaded install disks 1 & 2 and have read as much documentation as I can (alas, it probably hasn't been enough). I am going to keep Windows XP on my master HD as my brother uses this computer too and I need XP to do some C++ programming for school. I was wondering if anyone out there would be able to let me know of any things I may need to be on the watch for....
Athlon XP 1600+
640 mb RAM
Soundblaster Live! Card
MSI GeForce FX 5200 128 mb vid card
One 40 gb master
One 200gb slave
On a more specific note, is there any special prep work needed for a HD that large?
P.S. I have installed Red Hat & Gentoo 1.4 before but couldn't get ALSA working in either distros so I am now trying Slackware
Slackware 9.1 uses ALSA by default, so you should be fine there. There are no special preparations needed for your drive apart from creating the needed partitions, I would recomend a root partition of at least 10Gb, a home partition of at least 20Gb and a swap partition of 512mb.
There is no need to use fdisk if you already know how to use cfdisk. I use cfdisk when I re-partition and it's pretty easy. If I remember right, and I probably don't, the Slackware installation disk even says to use cfdisk.
I'm probably crazy here, but I always plan on effing up everything the first time I install it. With that in mind, I like to make a / partition and a swap partition only when I go through the install for the first time. I take a lot of notes and tweak my system like mad. I always end up trashing it. Then, I re-install with a new fancy partitioning scheme, only do the tweaks that worked the last time, and end up with a kick ass system.
The best time to have your notebook handy is while you are installing Slackware. You'll see then where you can assign partitions.
I agree with shilo, in fact even the authors of fdisk agree with shilo, the following quote is from the fdisk man page (man fdisk),
There are several *fdisk programs around. Each has its problems and
strengths. Try them in the order cfdisk, fdisk, sfdisk. (Indeed,
cfdisk is a beautiful program that has strict requirements on the par-
tition tables it accepts, and produces high quality partition tables.
Use it if you can.