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Old 07-02-2003, 12:57 PM   #1
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Question Dual Boot Win2k and Mandrake 9.1


Hey all, I want to know the steps I should take to dual boot Windows 2000 with Mandrake 9.1. I've never used Mandrake before, and that's pretty much why I'm asking (still a newbie though). Currently, I'm running Windows 2000. My partition table looks like this:
1. Primary (13GB) - Windows 2000
2. Primary (500MB) - Windows 2000 Pagefile
:: Unallocated Space (14GB) - [Will be] Mandrake 9.1
Partitions one and two are already created and are being used. The unallocated space will be used for Mandrake 9.1, which reminds me . . . I want a swap partition in that unallocated space. I'm wondering how much space they usually take. That would also be nice to know .
Okay, that takes care of the partition part. So how can I make this work out? Anyone have a *guaranteed* solution? LOL, I don't want to mess up.
Well, thanks in advance. Oh, and remember, I'm a so keep it simple .
 
Old 07-02-2003, 02:10 PM   #2
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Re: Dual Boot Win2k and Mandrake 9.1

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Originally posted by mib
Hey all, I want to know the steps I should take to dual boot Windows 2000 with Mandrake 9.1. I've never used Mandrake before, and that's pretty much why I'm asking (still a newbie though). Currently, I'm running Windows 2000. My partition table looks like this:
1. Primary (13GB) - Windows 2000
2. Primary (500MB) - Windows 2000 Pagefile
:: Unallocated Space (14GB) - [Will be] Mandrake 9.1
Partitions one and two are already created and are being used. The unallocated space will be used for Mandrake 9.1, which reminds me . . . I want a swap partition in that unallocated space. I'm wondering how much space they usually take. That would also be nice to know .
Okay, that takes care of the partition part. So how can I make this work out? Anyone have a *guaranteed* solution? LOL, I don't want to mess up.
Well, thanks in advance. Oh, and remember, I'm a so keep it simple .
Generally, your swap file should be twice your RAM. By installing linux after you will be using either Grub or LILO to boot up Mandrake and Windows 2000. Remember that your current boot loader will be overwritten. If you run into problems, you can toast your linux partition and replace Grub or LILO by booting up to DOS and using the following command: fdisk /mbr or you can just reinstall 2000 over itself.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 04:07 PM   #3
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Install this driver before adding mandrake. http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/ext2ifs.htm
I've had so many people argue with me on this but i was running Windows 2000. And when i first loaded Redhat 8.0 windows 2000 loaded but it loaded very very slow. Were talking about 35 minutes just for the taskbar to load the icons took another hour. And when i loaded Mandrake 9.0/9.1 it wouldn't boot at all. I searched all over the internet for this loaded the driver and bam it worked. Its said Windows 2000 will not reconize linux filesystems well thats true. And when you install mandrake put the bootloader in the MBR and you'll have yourself a dual booting machine. But Mandrake 9.1 is a nice system you'll probably end up dumping Windows have fun though.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 04:38 PM   #4
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True

LOL okay, thanks. I would dump Windows, but I like the Macromedia and Adobe programs and all those web and animation programs that run on it . . . I'll have to get used to the programming and advanced material in Linux before I do dump it. Besides, how am I going to cam and talk with the chicks if the messengers for Linux don't support it ? Haha okay, thanks again, I'll check that driver out. But first I'm going to wait on some more replies to see what others have to say. Thanks.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 04:50 PM   #5
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Let us know what you do and what works so other people new to linux can be helped better.
 
Old 07-04-2003, 03:39 PM   #6
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Oh, and by the way, what is a MD5CHECKSUM or MD5SUM (whatever)? Do I really need to download the file? Oh, yea, and where can I find the Linux BootDisk for Mandrake, or will my RedHat one do the trick? Thanks again in advance.
 
Old 07-04-2003, 06:17 PM   #7
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The MD5 is to check to make sure you downloaded everthing correctly. On disk 1 of the mandrake setup discs is a program called rawwritewin its in the dosutils folder.Its a program that creates a boot floppy you probably had to use it for redhat. your redhat disk won't work though. Insert a formatted floppy and click the browse button on you screen go to images folder and select cdrom.img.
 
Old 07-04-2003, 06:29 PM   #8
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Cool Wow, that was easy.

Well, everything went fine. Thanks again hehe. I simply restarted Windows and since I had my BIOS configured to check for the CD-ROM before the HDD, it went right into Mandrake's setup... I configured everything I wanted, all the partitions, as mentioned previously, and clicked away... Setup finished, rather quickly, and I rebooted and everything works great. Didn't have to do any extra boot configuring or anything, LILO handled it all automatically hehe. So, I get a menu with my options of Linux and Windows and whatnot. And, by the way, I didn't even have to install the driver, everything boots up excellently! WOW, this OS is so far so good. The only problem is configuring my PPPoE connection now... I've messed around with it a bit, and it doesn't seem to be working... And I'm used to running as root lol, I know I shouldn't be, but I don't see the harm. But, I guess I can't do that as efficiently in Mandrake... So, the other thing I need to know is how to configure my other user account to be able to use all the applications and everything a usual administrator would be able to do under that account? Where do I go when I'm under root, and what options do I choose, etc... Then, I'll probably be able to set the network up, I just can't figure out what it's asking sometimes (I'm used to Windows lingo). Thanks .

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Old 07-05-2003, 11:05 AM   #9
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I would not recommend running in root if your in kde as root go into configuration-other-kuser and that will allow you to set up another user have fun.......
 
Old 07-05-2003, 11:10 AM   #10
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I have another user, just trying to figure out how to configure the user so it can at least surf the net and use most of the features available in Linux...
 
  


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