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Old 05-10-2006, 03:05 PM   #1
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Dual OS

I may sound really stupid,
but im a newbie;

when i first tried to put linux on my computer with an intel celeron (3x or 2x)it wouldnt work, the installation window simply dissapeared. So i put my old p2 in it and its working fine, but, being 13 and as obsessed with music as i am, i need my downloads, and the program that i use (bearshare) is not compatable with linux, so what i am wondering is if i put my celeron back into the computer along with the p2 would i be able to reinstall windows 98 se so that i can download music?
would i be better off if i just didnt put my celeron back in and just do both with the p2?

if you can help me than you are my god!!!!!!!!!!!!
Im not sure if ill be on this forum everyday so please email me at or im me.

Also, ever since linux was put on my computer i havent been able to load a cd, i tried to put on an aol cd, and the busy light on the cd drive lights up and everything seems to be okay but nothing pops up on the screen or anything and i dont know how to work linux very well yet.

oh and one last thing, would linux work with an intel p4?????i dont want to go out and buy one and then have it not work like it didnt last time.

aka Tanner.
Old 05-10-2006, 03:45 PM   #2
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It's not too difficult to dual boot with windows and linux, though you'll need to make a seperate partition for each os. I think you'll want to reinstall linux after you install windows though. Windows needs to be on the first partition and I don't think it's possible to resize and make a new partition as the first one. After windows is installed, when you try to reinstall your linux distro it should give you an option to install linux as a seperate partition. Most distros have some kind of partitioning tool as part of the , you don't mention what you used. If you don't have one you can partition using a liveCD like Knoppix to partition before you install. These instructions are pretty brief, but you could probably find plenty of directions by just googling "dual-boot"

If you don't want windows, there are various other peer to peer clients that do work with linux (that's what bearshare is isn't it?) I personally use aMule. I think another one I've heard people like is frostwire, there's probably others that I can't think of right now also.

For the cd issue, in linux you need to mount cds after they're inserted usually, though some distros do automount. To mount from the command line you type mount [location of cd folder]. This is probably something like /mnt/cd or /media/cd. You might also be able to mount it from a file manager, typically by right-clicking on the folder.

There's probably another problem with using the AOL cd though, since as far as I know AOL doesn't support linux, so the cd probably won't work even if it's mounted. You might be able to get it working with a program called wine that can run windows programs in linux, but I don't know if that will work or not.

And lastly, you shouldn't have any problems with a p4. Actually the centrino should work too. I don't know what would cause it to fail the installation like it did.
Old 05-10-2006, 06:35 PM   #3
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Whats wine?
is it free?
Where do i get it?
THanks for the help
Old 05-10-2006, 06:38 PM   #4
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Wine is a windows emulator for Linux. It pretends to "be windows" so that you can run windows program through your linux OS. Yes its free as in free speech, not free beer. Don't ask I don't really get that either, but thats what they tell me. Odds are you can get through you package manager, yum, apt, etc.
Old 05-11-2006, 02:59 AM   #5
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linux will work with a P4
Music in linux: you can use ogg format which is better than mp3 in some respects
or even lossless formats

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