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Old 03-16-2003, 06:29 PM   #1
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A Newbs Questions of Dual Booting

ok, I have a few things I want cleared up before I even think of attempting a dual boot.

1) Right now I have 2 partitions, one 20gigs the other 10 gigs. Would I be able to use the 10 gig partition for RH 8.0? I would probably have to format it but that wouldnt be a problem.

2)I've heard of cases where Windows XP refuses to boot after Linux is installed, what are the chances of this happening?

3) What utilities would I need to do this


4) Are there any good tuts on this?

Old 03-16-2003, 06:56 PM   #2
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1. 10GB would be fine. It will actually wind up being at least 2 partitions, / (root) and swap. If the second partition has been created or formatted you may need to go into an "expert" mode to delete and reselect it. Install programs will sometimes say you have no spare disk space if all space has partitions on them.
2. You are probably better off creating the Linux boot floppy during install and not installing a Linux bootloader if this is a concern for you. I would guess it is not common, but it happens. There is a method for booting Linux from the Windows bootloader (sorry, no link) by installing Lilo to the root partition rather than the MBR.

Good Luck.
Old 03-16-2003, 07:21 PM   #3
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2.) There is no known "bug" that can cause windows to not load after installing Linux. The only way this happens is if you screw up the install. If your really paranoid save all your sensitive data off windows before installing linux. If you lose windows during the Linux install then thats too bad. Welcome to the dark side.

3.) If you have already partitioned you won't need any utilities to do this. The linux installer will take care of things.


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