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Old 08-30-2003, 09:58 AM   #1
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Handholding for a newbie

Good day all,

I have been 'playing' around with Knoppix for some time. I am at a point where I would like to try to install it to my current system. I am married (happily) and want to keep the M$ OS for my wife. What I would like to have happen is after I turn the PC on, a screen comes up asking my wife to select her preferred OS. THe problem I am running into is that I have been unable to find a step by step guide on how to install Knoppix to do this.

The program tha tI think will serve me best is called GAG42 (rawrite2). I am planning to use partition magic 8 to partition the drive and then install Knoppix. I have tried this 3 times. First time I reformatted because I didn't do my research on how to repair (should tell you my level of newbieism).

Can anyone maybe guide me through this process. I know how to install of the KNoppix disk and I am pretty sure the GAG42 will allow me to choose my OS. I am not familiar with Bootloaders beyoned knowing where they are and how to edit them.

Thank you in advance.
Old 08-30-2003, 10:06 AM   #2
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I don't know the default bootloader that Knoppix uses, but here are some links for Linux loaders.

Multiboot with LILO HOWTO
Installing a bootloader
Multiboot with GRUB Mini-HOWTO
Linux+Win9x+Grub HOWTO
Old 08-30-2003, 10:08 AM   #3
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if you've got partition magic you should also have boot magic, use that as your boot loader. resize you win partition, then create a swap(size=2xram) and ext2fs partion with partmagic. reboot with knoppix in the drive and at the knoppix boot prompt type knoppix lang=us 2, that will drop you to the root prompt then type knx-hdinstall, once done reboot to windows,launch bootmagic setup and add knoppix.
Old 08-30-2003, 11:42 AM   #4
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I was able to do it quite easily. I just had to use partition magic and NOT install a new OS. I just created the swap partition and the Install partition. I used the GAG42 program and it was awesome. Thanks to Leo Laporte for recommending it. THanks for all your help people. As Linux becomes more *lazy* people friendly, a lot more people will make the switch. I for one, am going to learn as much as possible about the Linux movement.
Old 08-30-2003, 03:24 PM   #5
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you could have just used a empty partition or used ranish partition manager. knoppix uses lilo as the default boot loader and is based on debian.

if you have installed in successfully using knx-hdinstall from the command prompt then you can easily learn the rest.

knoppix is a lazy man;s best friend :-)

have a nice time and use for your search. post back if you have specific issues


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