LinuxQuestions.org
Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Password
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 06-22-2004, 09:01 AM   #1
Fear58
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: Reno, Nevada
Distribution: Mandrake 9.2
Posts: 221

Rep: Reputation: 30
Getting new computer, can't find my windows98 OS... help


So, I got mandrake 9.2 sitting here right by me ready to be loaded into my computer. I'd be happy with Linux alone on my computer, but me and buds have LAN party's all the time at my place, and they all run windows, hence I need my windows OS and I can't find it at the moment, but i'll come across it eventually. My Q is, can i install Mandrake Linux on my comp first, and then win98? I'f that's possible.... I hear windows takes over the whole hard disk. but im not sure.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 09:13 AM   #2
herbc
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: United States
Distribution: Slackware 10.0
Posts: 72

Rep: Reputation: 15
You may, but Windows overwrites the MBR, requiring you to reinstall your boot loader, unless you boot off of floppy into Linux. It's best to partition your hd, install Windows first, then your other o/s.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 09:58 AM   #3
linmix
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Spain
Distribution: FC5
Posts: 1,993
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 46
That being said, you could partition your hd to reserve space for windows (at the beginning of the disk) and install Linux to a second/third/whatever partition. While installing linux takethe precaution to create a startup diskette, but also install your favourite bootloader. When you get roud to installing windows, it'll overwrite your MBR erasing the bootloader, but it'll leave your linux partitions alone. Then load linux using your startup diskette and reinstall the bootloader of your choice.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 10:01 AM   #4
michaelk
Moderator
 
Registered: Aug 2002
Posts: 23,249

Rep: Reputation: 4984Reputation: 4984Reputation: 4984Reputation: 4984Reputation: 4984Reputation: 4984Reputation: 4984Reputation: 4984Reputation: 4984Reputation: 4984Reputation: 4984
Yes, I have installed linux first on several PCs in the past. I create a FAT32 primary partition during the install. Once you find the CD you can format the partition and install windows.

You can restore the bootloader using the MDK install CD and boot to rescue mode. Select the menu item for restoring the bootloader.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 10:57 AM   #5
qwijibow
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Apr 2003
Location: nottingham england
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 2,672

Rep: Reputation: 47
i have lan parties too...
My friends use windows too, but thats never been a problem for me.

anyways, yeah that should work fine, just make sure you have a linux rescue disk to re-install the boot loader after you install windows.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 07:53 PM   #6
Fear58
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: Reno, Nevada
Distribution: Mandrake 9.2
Posts: 221

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Yea, ok. So I'll just install MDK and while installing, create 2 partitions using its partitioning tool in mandrake 9.2, make one primary for a FAT32 and one, a linux native. Then find my win OS, select it to install on the FAT, and rescue into mandie and reinstall the Dual boot loader. Ok, sounds good, thanks!
 
Old 06-23-2004, 07:28 AM   #7
qwijibow
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Apr 2003
Location: nottingham england
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 2,672

Rep: Reputation: 47
ONE more thing.....

Windows cannot read partitions created in linux.

so your plan will work with one minor hickup dureing the windows install.

windows will ask you where you want to install windows.
when you select the FAT32 you created in linux, windows will have some kind of error, and send you back to the screen where you select where to install.

Delete the FAT32 partiton.
and with the free space you just created, make a New partiton, and format as FAT32.
now that the partiton has been Re-created with windows, the install will go smoothly,
 
  


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 On
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how can i find out which filesystem a computer uses? kpachopoulos Linux - Newbie 2 11-12-2005 04:40 AM
how to find my computer address? mfrangos79 Linux - Newbie 9 11-09-2005 05:20 PM
Samba can't find Windows98 machine kingscott Linux - Networking 1 11-10-2004 12:25 PM
Nobody else can find my computer aaron_mj Linux - Networking 1 10-27-2002 07:14 AM
What's in my computer/Utility to find out geraldgu Linux - Software 2 12-14-2001 12:04 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:28 PM.

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
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration