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Old 05-09-2004, 09:27 AM   #1
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Dual boot Win 2k / Redhat 9


i want to get into linux, so i thought i woudl dual boot my system, When i first installed my 200GB western Digital drive, my comptuer's bios only seen it as 137GB, so thats how much the NTFS partition for Windows 2000 takes up. So, there is 63GB screaming to me to put linux on.

MY computer has the following:

Duron 700mHz
200GB WD 7200RPM 8M Hard Drive
384MB PC133 RAM
Lite-ON DVD+/-RW drive
KHypermedia 48x24x48 CDRW drive
Mad Dog Geforce FX 5200 128MB video card in AGP 4X slot
Hival ( i think) 56K modem in the first PCI slot
Gigifast Ethernet 10/100MB NIC in the second PCI slot
Sound Blaster Audigy LS (I think) in the fifth PCI slot.

Can I install redhat 9 on this? is it fast enough? and will all the components work? i know the video card will because thats what the box for it says.

can i use the windows 2000 boot manager or do i need to use LILO?

thanks!
-Mike
 
Old 05-09-2004, 11:30 AM   #2
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what type of motherboard u got? and is it flash bios?. its a problem when the bios dont see the whole size of the hard disk, u can try configure it by urself but its better u try to see if ur motherboard bios can be updated so it will see the 200 and above. also try partion magic to see if partion magic will see the missing 63 giga ,becouse partion magic can create any type of partions even ext3 wich is the partion type most distros like rh use,also try to see if the rh install will see the missing 63 giga if not then ither u repartion the 137 giga to be half windows half linux thats what i suggest u do now for the boot loader i suggest u use LILO or GRUB it has a nicer start then the ugly start of window$ also its easyer to setup since u install it trough the rh setup disks and not need to go into boot.ini of window$ and copy the boot file of red hat so hope this will give u help of direction goodluck.

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Old 05-09-2004, 09:49 PM   #3
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actually i forgot to say that since the drive was formatted i flashed the bios and it now sees it as 200GB.

windows 2000 doesn't have 48-bit LBA and i haven't installed the fix yet, so i guess i will have to let the linux installer do the work.

can you please tell me if my current configuration will work?

the mobo is an ABIT KT7-RAID
 
Old 05-09-2004, 10:35 PM   #4
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Re: Dual boot Win 2k / Redhat 9

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Originally posted by n e r d
[B]i want to get into linux, so i thought i woudl dual boot my system, When i first installed my 200GB western Digital drive, my comptuer's bios only seen it as 137GB, so thats how much the NTFS partition for Windows 2000 takes up. So, there is 63GB screaming to me to put linux on.
it'd be worth a shot. try this:
http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
and get one of the cd base images.



Duron 700mHz:

debian has kernel binaries with optimizations for k7 processors

200GB WD 7200RPM 8M Hard Drive:
i don't see why it wouldn't work

384MB PC133 RAM:
yup

Lite-ON DVD+/-RW drive:
chances are good.

KHypermedia 48x24x48 CDRW drive
chances are good.

note about cdr's. i think you have to set them up as scsi emulations

Mad Dog Geforce FX 5200 128MB video card in AGP 4X slot
if you get debian follow these instructions (http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debi...tallation.html) otherwise download the drivers off the nvidia website. PS. a good newbie text editor is nano.

Hival ( i think) 56K modem in the first PCI slot
sounds like a winmodem. You might be able to get it to work, check the how to on this site.

Gigifast Ethernet 10/100MB NIC in the second PCI slot
chances are good.

Sound Blaster Audigy LS (I think) in the fifth PCI slot.
emu10k1 driver. do you have digital output? if you do you will need to do special things (install emu-tools if your gonna use oss, or change mixer settings with alsa)

Can I install redhat 9 on this? is it fast enough? and will all the components work? i know the video card will because thats what the box for it says.
yah, you can install rh9 on it.

can i use the windows 2000 boot manager or do i need to use LILO?
uh, does win2k's boot manager support linux? use grub anyway it's better than lilo
 
Old 05-10-2004, 12:29 AM   #5
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i think you can use grub or lilo... install windows 2000 first, before your linux. I think its easier.
 
Old 05-10-2004, 10:11 PM   #6
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ok i don't know much about all this, and i know there is a bootloader with win 2k.

is there any chance that something can go wrong and render my win 2k partition inaccesable?
 
Old 05-10-2004, 11:10 PM   #7
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Hi,
I'm fairly new to Linux but i've messed around with Redhat and SuSE. When I got rid of Redhat by reformating the partition, I almost lost my WinXP partition(so I thought), but actually by running the Win CD as boot CD you can go into recovery mode and do a MBRfix command and it will reinstall your Windows MBR.
Basically, when you install Linux, you'll get a bootloader (MBR) and it will replace your windows one but it all basically works the same to me.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 05-11-2004, 12:10 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by n e r d
ok i don't know much about all this, and i know there is a bootloader with win 2k.

is there any chance that something can go wrong and render my win 2k partition inaccesable?
i think redhat has an option to partion/reformat only linux partitions, so it won't touch your win2k stuff. Note: grub/lilo will want to install itself in the MBR of the drive, and i'd recommend you do that and use grub as your bootloader. If you want to reverse this, boot off your win2k setup cd and use the repair tool fixmbr (or something like that)
 
Old 05-11-2004, 07:52 AM   #9
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so nothing can happen to my partition that causes data loss right?

the worst thing i can do is mess up the MBR.

I do have some Ontrack Dynamic Drive Overlay hard drive thing. i hate it because it keeps getting messed up and stopps booting the system. I then have to put in the WD Data Lifeguard CD, boot from that and restore the DDO. On top of that, my usb mouse doesn't work in it, so it has to be done with keyboard.

i called WD the first time it stopped working, and they told me it was installed because my computer couldn't support a 200G hard drive. then, he was right, since the bios only seen it as 137GB. Since then I upgraded the BIOS to see it as 200GB. So i have to call them and see if i can get rid of it.

Anyway, the question is will linux work with this DDO thing?

One more question about the HDD, the bios only sees it as ATA/66. its a ATA/100 drive, an ATA/100 Motherboard, and the cable that came with the drive, and its the only drive on the cable. the dvdrw and cdrw is on the secondary.

finally, is the linux partition readable by 2k and the 2k partition readable by the linux partition?

thank you all for the help,
mike
 
Old 05-15-2004, 12:54 PM   #10
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after installation RH 9 ... XP is not visible on bootloader

Hello,

I have also XP on the master drive with NTFS file system /dev/hda (D:\).
I installed RedHat 9 .... after reboot i can't see XP anymore? Can anyone advise me what to do?

Thanks in advance
 
  


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