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Old 11-12-2004, 07:14 PM   #1
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Distribution: Red Hat Version 9 / Attempting to use Gentoo
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Dual Booting Linux Suse XP

I have a PC running Windows XP currently.

I partitioned my Drive to have 2 40G spaces. I want to dual boot Linux on my PC.

It seems like I have read a lot of horror stories on the dual boot systems but I don't have the option of running the OS separately. I know XP has to be installed first which it is. But I cannot mount the boot loader on the MBR of Windows or it wont boot.

What steps should I take to dual boot my machine? I have a copy of Suse Personal and I loaded it up and when it to install I looked at the partitions.
The partitions had the boot going by default to C/Windows/O then the rest of the partition table set up on hda3-5 I believe. I did not do the install because I was unsure of where it was placing LILO.

What should I do or what steps should I perform to insure a good installation?

Also I was thinking of installing Gentoo instead of Suse. Which Flavor would probably be better for someone who wants to learn as much as possible about Linux?

Old 11-12-2004, 07:43 PM   #2
Registered: Sep 2004
Distribution: Slackware 10, Gentoo
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if you want to learn, gentoo is your best bet IMO. It rather forces you to learn =]. In SuSE you have things like YaST, which are cool, but wont help you learn =P

But I cannot mount the boot loader on the MBR of Windows or it wont boot.
who told you that? o_O

you sure can put the bootloader there, it will contain a seperate entry for windows, and one for linux (IE you boot up, you get a screen with a choice, linux or windows).


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