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Old 09-23-2004, 07:22 PM   #1
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Question Installing GRUB/Slackware 10 with Win 2k Pro

Hey, I'm another linux n00b. I've decided that I want to try Slackware 10 on my new PC. I currently have Windows 2000 Pro on my PC and I would like to be able to keep my current Windows installation and install SW on another partition and use a bootloader such as GRUB to dual-boot. The problem is I have no idea how to go about this.

How do I install GRUB and configure it for my system. Should I install GRUB before I install SW?

I have downloaded the first 2 CD .iso's only as a friend told me I wouldn't need all four. I already have a partition ready for installing SW onto. If you think I need to know anything else before I go ahead and attempt to install SW, please tell me. Are there any step-by-step instructions for installing a dual-booting Win/Slackware 10 PC?

Just in case you need them, my PC's specs are: -

Windows 2000 Pro SP4
AMD Athlon XP 2800+ Barton
Gigabyte GA-7N400E-L nForce 2
Crucial 512MB DDR400
Gigabyte Radeon 9600XT Ultra (550MHz) 128MB
WDC 80GB - 8MB Cache (2x20GB 1x40GB)

Old 09-23-2004, 08:46 PM   #2
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Looks like you are well on you way to dual booting. I have a laptop that dual boots 4 different flavors of linux and Win2k Pro. What i did was to install Win2k first since it wants to have the MBR all to itself (hey its windows). then I installing linux (i was installing red hat 9.0 at the time). When i installed linux it saw the windows drive and step me through the install of Grub.

It is about as simple has that for me. Of course i would back up everything on the windows drive just in case something goes wrong, but i don't think it will.
Old 09-29-2004, 03:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. From what a friend was telling me, Slackware is more complicated to install with GRUB than other more mainstream distros such as RedHat. Does anyone have any experience with the 2 together? I kind of know my computer is compatible with linux because I tried the Knoppix live CD.

Also, about partitioning/formatting. I created a 20GB partition for linux when I built my computer a few weeks ago. I formatted it with NTFS. I know linux uses its own file system so can I reformat the partition I made to the new filesystem, in the Slackware 10 installation? I also read somewhere that I should make several linux partitions for different functions such as "boot" etc., is this correct?

Old 09-29-2004, 04:15 PM   #4
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Slackware uses LILO as its default bootloader.
LILO can be "hard" to set up to work with windows, but some people swear by it.

For an easy install though, I'd read up on the LBA problem so you know what command to issue when installing it, and then install Fedora Core 2.
Old 09-29-2004, 05:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply. I'll read up on LILO before I try installing Slackware. Just one question, what is Fedora Core 2, I thought it was another linux distro?

Old 09-29-2004, 05:43 PM   #6
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Is there any reason why you must use Grub? Its true the LILO is the default (only one it ships with) boot manager for Slackware 10, however dual booting with lilo is simple.

Just install Slackware normally ignoring the fact that you plan to dual boot.
once its installed as root run the command: liloconfig
Choose EXPERT mode
Then Choose Begin
Go through the (self explanatory) steps
Once your back at the main menu choose to add linux partition -> follow the easy steps
Then once your back at the main menu choose add windows partition (be sure to know where the windows partition is located mine is hda1)
lastly at the menu choose install lilo
then restart

another method would be to edit /etc/lilo.conf manually then after saving it run the command lilo

here is an example lilo.conf dual booting (im not an expert but it works)

# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
lba32 # Allow booting past 1024th cylinder with a recent BIOS
boot = /dev/hda
#compact # faster, but won't work on all systems.
timeout = 50
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
vga = 791
# Normal VGA console
# vga = normal
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# vga=791
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# vga=790
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# vga=773
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
# vga=788
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
# vga=787
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256
# vga=771
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
# vga=785
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
# vga=784
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
# vga=769
# ramdisk = 0 # paranoia setting
# End LILO global section
#Linux bootable partition config begins
root = /dev/hda4
label = Slackware
read-only # Non-UMSDOS filesystems should be mounted read-#only for checking
# Linux bootable partition config ends
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/hda1
label = WinXP
table = /dev/hda
# Windows bootable partition config ends
Old 09-30-2004, 06:16 AM   #7
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I only chose GRUB because that's the only bootloader I'd heard of for linux. So I'll stick with LILO. I'll probably try installing Slackware either tomorrow or the weekend. I'll keep you all posted.

I searched for Fedora Core 2, from what I understand it's a kind of beta version of RedHat. I can only assume it was a typo from proudclod.



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