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Old 03-12-2003, 06:13 PM   #1
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Dual boot WinXP Pro and Linux mandrake 9.0


I am currently using windowsXP Pro using an NTFS file system. I would like to start learning how to use Linux but im not prepaired to delete windows as yet as i have some very important uni work to do and would prefer to do it using a familiar OS so this would suggest that i dual boot. As i cant afford to get this wrong i looked round on the internet for information and i see people are having problems with it (typical XP!) but i cant find anything on how i can do it. as i am a complete newbie at this Can any one tell me what i need to do? and tell me of any web sites i can visit which will help me?

Thank you for your help.
Old 03-12-2003, 06:28 PM   #2
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Try I found it doing a google query using [mandrake "dual boot" "windows xp"].
Old 03-12-2003, 07:08 PM   #3
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just for your information it is against the rules here to double post...friendly warning the mods will pick up your other one and lock it
Old 03-22-2003, 11:41 AM   #4
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i am using dual boot as well with the same operating systems. all you have to do while in windows is create a partition for linux, either with fdisk or with partition magic. once you do that then boot from the linux cd and follow the easy installation. REMEMBER the SWAP file must be at least twice the size of the RAM. ALSO, the root directory must me at least 2.5 GB for all the programs to be installed. If you have any more questions please email me in the: and i can tell you exactly what to do step by step.
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Correction on swap: first of all, in Linux that is normally not a file but a dedicated partition. While there used to be a requirement of the swap partition being twice the size of RAM, that is no longer true. Especially the newer machines that have 512 MB RAM or even more, you hardly need swap at all. 256 MB swap is more than enough for normal use. I've even been told that larger swap partitions can slow down the system. If you are sure you really need more swap then it's best to make multiple swap partitions of 256 MB.

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