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Old 07-14-2003, 10:32 PM   #1
BrutualTarget
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Installing Linux next to Windows XP?


I've been experimenting with Debian Linux on an old Gateway2000 for awhile now, and I'm interested in taking the next step to putting it on a faster computer. I'm not quite ready to part with Windows yet, though.

Already I have a problem. It seems that the Windows XP OS won't allow me to access the BIOS initially. However, I need to access the BIOS setup so that I may allow my computer to boot up from the CD-ROM drive. Is there a way around this?
 
Old 07-14-2003, 10:43 PM   #2
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well if you cant get access to the bios, i think you can get a boot floppy, to then when at the boot floppy tell it to start the cd


how you do this, i do not know sorry
 
Old 07-15-2003, 01:42 AM   #3
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Hi BrutualTarget

Its the BIOS that allows you to choose the location of the boot sector you want to boot from - WindowsXP won't stop you getting access to your CMOS settings that appear in your BIOS screen - BIOS first Windows second.

If you can't get access to your BIOS then you wont be able to configure it to boot from your Cd-Rom or Floppy drives.

Let us know more information.
 
Old 07-15-2003, 05:31 AM   #4
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Hmm... since you say you use a Gateway, I presume you have their default boot screen that blocks out the regular BIOS loading screen the DIY users have.

When you turn on the box the Gateway logo shows on the screen for a few secs and then the XP screen takes over, right? When the Gateway screen is showing, that's when the BIOS is loading. There should be some legend telling you how to get into CMOS.
 
Old 07-15-2003, 05:41 AM   #5
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Hmm... since you say that you have a Gateway box, I assume you have the Gateway loading screen for a few sec when you turn it on, and then the XP screen takes over, am I correct?

If that is the case, the BIOS and CMOS is loading during the Gateway screen period. Look for a legend to get into CMOS. Usually delete, I believe.
 
Old 07-16-2003, 05:54 PM   #6
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Actually, the Gateway is my slower computer, my "experiment." The computer I'm interested in installing Linux on now is an HP Pavilion 523n.

Skyline's request for more information led me to restart the computer, in hopes of finding something I missed. My experience taught me that F1 is the key to access setup. I failed to see anything resembling setup instructions, but I still pressed F1 (twice). Ta-da.. there was my BIOS setup Thanks for everyone's help.
 
  


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