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koolkarthikeyan 05-22-2007 10:23 AM

running linux vm on windows
i am running a dual-boot system of linux and windows .. i want to boot to my linux partition from windows .. i installed vmware player for windows and i dont know what to do after that .. i had downloaded vmware server for linux ..

please can anyone guide me on how to run my linux partition in vmware player in windows ..

saikee 05-22-2007 10:40 AM

First thing is you are not dual booting. You boot only to Windows.

As you have installed VMware inside Windows it is just another management layer. If you activate VMware you can install Linux either from a CD or just directly from an iso file. The Linux installation is similar to a normal installation except the boot loader isn't installed (or if it gets installed it is not doing anything).

Next time you want to use the Linux you ask VMware (in Windows) to load the Linux which works as a guest inside the Windows host. The guest is just a file of several Gb large.

VMware works by chopping up your ram to host each guest and a maximum of 4 guests is recommended because by then you run every system with 1/4 of the ram, at a speed like a 3-leg rabbit.

koolkarthikeyan 05-22-2007 11:05 AM

oh ok ok ..

can u tell me how to install linux from the vmware player .. and i have already installed a suse distro .. can you help me in uninstalling it .. i ll uninstall the suse already installed .. then use that partition to have that virtual linux ..

saikee 05-22-2007 12:16 PM

Just use VMware to delete it. TO install a new Linux system you just do it exactly the same way you did with Suse.

There is no partition involved. Like I said VMware put it as a huge file inside your Windows operating system. You can't mount it as it is a box-in system only accessible via VMware. It is a half way house of using a Linux, IMO.

If you find the system slow, the mouse doggy, display screen too small etc it is the deal sticking with VMware. Changing the distro won't get you out that hole.

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