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Old 09-18-2006, 08:21 AM   #1
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Dual Booting with Windows 98SE and Redhat 8.0


I am looking to run both Redhat 8.0 and Windows 98SE from the same physical drive.

Can anybody tell me the best way to go about this please?

I have a 12Gb drive which I would like to use. I am not sure which OS to install first to make the installation easiest.

I have 212mb of ram and expect to have a linux swap partition of approx 450mb. In total, I would like to give the Windoze partition 50% of the drive space and the rest to Redhat, perhaps with a shared partition available to both operating systems. Can you help please.

Also i would like to use my cable modem (motorola SB5100i through USB to access my broadband provider, (blueyonder).

Sorry if these questions have been asked before, but I am struggling to find the right info in the right place?
Old 09-18-2006, 09:08 AM   #2
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Sorry if these questions have been asked before, but I am struggling to find the right info in the right place?
Yes, this question has been asked literally thousands of times. A google or LQ search for will turn up hordes of hits.

The basic strategy though is to install Windows first, on the first primary partition, then install Linux (BTW, I suggest getting a more recent distro than Redhat 8.0, which is rather ancient (must be what, 2001/2002?)). As you have a cable modem it shouldn't take too long to download something more contemporary). I don't know if your modem works with Linux (have a look at the LQ HCL), but a more recent distro will have better hardware support than RH8.

So the first partiton will be ~6gb, the second will be an extended covering the rest of the drive. Partiton 5 would be your swap (400-500mb), and at least one more partition for Linux. However, it's a good idea to put /home on a separate partition, so you might use a 50/50 split of the remaining space for / and /home. This will let you try a few distros without losing your /home stuff. Then again, modern distros can quickly chew up 3gb so leaving at as 1 partition might be better (and, of course, you can back up /home to the Windows partition if you do want to reinstall). Some people use a separate /boot, but I haven't found it to be very useful.

As Windows' fdisk is garbage, I would use Linux to create the partitions (but don't actually install it yet), then install Windows, and finally Linux (Windows will overwrite the mbr without asking, which is why we install that first).

As for sharing a partition, apparently there is some tool that allow Windows to read ext2, but I don't know what it's called or how well it works. However, Linux can read and write FAT32 just fine, so you could just use the Windows partition as a share.

You will need to configure the boot loader to boot Windows, but most distros will detect the Window installation and set up the boot loader automatically.
Old 09-18-2006, 10:51 AM   #3
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Red Hat 8

As a mater of fact, both Redhat 8.0 and Windows 98SE are not supported anymore. And Sound card will be extremly hard to configure.
However, heed what pancakefarm says.
It's great you are planning a partition! I downloaded a partition apt on Windows then installed RH8.
good luck
Old 09-19-2006, 03:42 AM   #4
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Thank you

Thank you for your replies...

I have now got RH8 and Win98SE working in dual boot. Looking to sort out cable modem with CDCether I believe now so that I can use it with USB rather than ethernet, failing that will just have to get an NIC i suppose.


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