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Old 11-28-2004, 09:20 AM   #1
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Dual boot

Hi Guys,

This is my first thread and being a newbie I need some of your wise advice.

OK - here is my current configuration:

IDE 0 (master) = Windows XP Pro SP2, 120 Gb HD, 512MB RAM
IDE 1 (slave) = Brand new 80 Gb HD - unformatted.

Here is what I want:

Install the latest MandrakeLinux Distro on the slave drive.
Boot into this only when I use a boot floppy

Here is the advice I need:

How do I complete the tasks in the "Here is what I want" section.
A link to a detailed tutorial would be nice.

Having surfed the web I am befuddled as to the variety of Distros available and which would be most suitable to my particular circumstances. Being new to Linux, I have chosen Mandrake because it seems to be the most popular download choice. At this moment in time I only want to spend some time playing around with Linux and get to understand its uses.

I want to get comfortable in using Linux before I allow GRUB to mess around with the MBR (is this what GRUB actually does?).

Thank you for your help.

Old 11-28-2004, 09:35 AM   #2
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well..i'd say: just put in the first mandrake-cd and get going.
there will be a decent installer, just answer the questions and don't install a bootloader in the mbr,but make a floppy.



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