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Old 06-19-2004, 12:23 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2004
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Advice on Installing on Laptop

Hi all,

I have been playing around with Mandrake 10.0 on my home computer and have successfully dual booted with Windows XP.

I would like to install Linux on my laptop as well, but I am a little wary. As I have perused this discussion board, I have noticed a few posts where people have had problems with dual booting.

Since this is the computer I use primarily for work, I don't want to mess anything up since that could cost me a day of work rebuilding the Windows installation (and people say Windows is easier -- they don't know what they are talking about).

I just partitioned my 60 gig hd leaving a 40 gig NTFS partition and the remaining 20 is a FAT32 partition. Partition magic also had options for Linux partitions ex2 and ext3 -- I didn't know which one to do, so I did FAT 32.

I would also like to try a different Distro than Mandrake. I have the ISOs for SUSE and FC2 along with Debian.

I am not particularly asking which one is preferable -- I have figured out that is matter of taste. I am leaning toward SUSE since we have a test server at work with FC2 on it, and I want be exposed to as many distros as I can.

So, does any one have any experience with dual booting with either SUSE or FC2, either good or bad? I am just looking for user experiences here so I have less of chance of being unable to access my Windows partition since I need to do that for my job.

My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 5100.

Any anecdotes would be appreciated.

Old 06-19-2004, 12:52 PM   #2
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Location: aussie in germany
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i've been dual booting my laptop for about 5 days now between winxp and mandrake 10/ suse 9

i have 55 gig for windows and 5 gig for linux installs, i have installed suse and mandrake at least 4 times each over the past 5 days, always keeping my windows partition in tact and having no trouble at all with being able to boot to it....i dont know if that helps you at all but it says you can install the 2 OS's over and over again and still not effect your windows partition. note: i never let the installers partition on their own, i always did it manually, and also another thing to note with mandrake is that after i had partitioned one time and then it asked to format straight after, it had my windows partition in there as well and was ticked for just watch for that


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