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Old 01-17-2009, 06:29 AM   #1
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Trying to Set up Dual-Boot on Vista PC with Mandriva & GRUB CDs

This crap is really frustrating me, and I don't know where else to turn. It's just amazing to me how bad I am at downloading and running basic stuff off the Internet that always seems so easy for other people--especially since I have a freaking minor in computer science.

Anyway, I got a laptop with Vista as the default OS, and I want to learn how to set up a dual boot Microsoft-or-Linux option on at start-up.

#1. I did manage to get my hard drive partitioned, so now I have a local disk C: hard drive, a HP_RECOVERY D: hard drive (with only 11.6 GB), and New Volume G: hard drive. I want to reserve the G: drive for all the Linux stuff.

#2. I do have a CD with Linux Mandriva on it. If I put the CD in my computer, then it automatically goes to Linux, which seems to work fine. Although I'm not used to it, it seems friendly enough, and I can browse the Internet and stuff. When I boot up my computer without the CD, it just goes back to Vista--I'm not sure if it just does that from the recovery hard drive or what. Honestly, I don't really know how to install Linux Mandriva permamently, which is pretty sad, I know.

#3. I downloaded GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) onto a CD by going to and clicking on "DOWNLOAD CDROM." f

#4. I've used WinRAR and Daemon Lite tools to try to open the ISO image file on the GRUB CD, and to actually do something useful with it, but to no avail.

This is what's on the GRUB CD...

"_SuGruDis.NFO_Super Grub Disk" File Folder, which in turn contains a "boot" file subfolder (which a whole bunch of crap in it), and the following other 4 files: (1) SuGruDis.NFO Text Document, 1 KB; (2) super_grub_disk_0.9763 ISO Image File, 4334 KB; (3) super_grub_disk_english_floppy_0.9763.img IMG File, 1440 KB; and (4) super_grub_disk_english_usb_0.9763.tar ZIP Archive File, 359 KB.

Alright, so what do I do now?
Old 01-17-2009, 06:55 AM   #2
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Don't let it get to you!
Yes,it is difficult when you first start using Linux but you will learn rapidly and the pain will lessen as time goes by, believe me.

Just take it slowly, there is a wealth of information available to you on LQ and elsewhere.

Remember to backup valuable data and in the case of Vista, create a recovery disk.
Apart from losing data there is not much that cannot be cured by reinstalling your Linux OS. When you have done this a few times, you will see what I mean. A reinstall is really no big deal.

I have just finished helping someone else with a similar problem.
I hope this is of help:
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Hi Areopagite,

That is absolutely - and I think I can trust my data to linux and not winduhs. You just have to make sure that your data is a different partition other than the root (/). And you can reinstall as many times as you want.

Primarly I think reinstallation is for a totally messed up pc, which wont happen unless you have a habbit of loggin in as the root. Everything can be resolved no matter how bad it looks.

Yeah it is tough in the begining but you will see later that this is the easiest OS ever - so don't give up on it just yet.
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#1: Delete the G: drive - leave the space unallocated for Linux to use. Windoze "drives" are useless; in fact they stop the install if no other (free) space is available.
#2: Sounds like you have a liveCD - it is designed to allow you to safely try Linux without touching your current system. Safety - a strange concept to most Windoze users I know ...
Should have an "Install me" icon or similar; just click on that - see the doco (I don't use Mandriva, so I can't say for sure).
#3: Supergrub isn't (just) grub - it's a recovery disk incorporating grub. You don't (shouldn't) need it - the Mandy install will install a boot-loader (probably grub) for you.

Just do it.

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Old 01-17-2009, 08:04 AM   #5
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See if you can find the installation section here:

There is installation information in the pdf for Mandriva One on the site address above. Be careful with anything that is fully automatic and takes over the whole drive. Some distros have that option and you want to use only that part you have set aside for Linux.

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