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Old 08-02-2003, 09:28 PM   #1
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Unhappy Dual booting ???? : (

I just loaded windows 2000 profesional on my laptop. My laptop has a 20gb hardrive, when I installed windows i left about 5gb disk space unformated. I want to put Slackware linux 9.0 on my computer too and have it take up that 5gb space. I have read many how to's on this subject, however I am totally lost still. I understand I needed to save part of my hardrive as empty which I did but I do not know how to put Slackware there. I have done a full install of slackware a few times before but I don't understand how to dual boot windows 2k pro and slackware. I supose if i tried I could get slackware into that 5gb but what I am still confused about is how do i chose which OS boots ? Do i use the slackware bootdisk to boot to the slackware part of my hdd and if I don't use a bootdisk it just goes to windows ? Or.... I am totally confused sorry. Help would be appreciated.

Old 08-02-2003, 09:32 PM   #2
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What you need to look for in slackware is lilo. When you turn your computer on it will prompt you if you want to use windows or linux. Slackware can be used as a bootdisk, just read the screen it gives you first when you normaly use it to install. Slackware is a harder distribution, if you want to try something easier at first to get into linux look into mandrake or redhat
Old 08-02-2003, 11:41 PM   #3
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Hi ematrix

To perform a Slackware install you'd typically use cfdisk to partition the remaining free space - cfdisk will automatically show you how much remaining free space there is.

You'd want to create 2 partitions in that 5 gig space - a Swap and Root - You instruct Slack to install on the Root partition.

The LILO bootloader can be installed in a variety of BIOS recognised boot sectors - the MBR is the typical one.

As Darin said - the LILO boot menu will give you a choice to boot into Linux or Windows - you do it all from that menu.


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