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Old 06-14-2004, 12:21 AM   #1
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installing linux with XP

thanx for the reply i had got. but, i guess i posted my query in a wrong sense. anyway, let me put it in a nutshell

iam presently working on XP and tried to install linux 8. my disk is partioned in this way..
10GB- C drive,
30GB-D drive,
25GB-E drive,
and 10GB- F drive.
i put on linux CD and tried to install it.
it gets stuck up at this point....
hda--- lost interrupt.
thats it.
please answer this question as iam dying to work on linux.
Old 06-14-2004, 01:12 AM   #2
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If you are new user and want to test Linux.
And if you have more system power.

Please do not install it on the partation of HD.

Install VM Ware on XP and then install Linux in it.

It is easy.

I don't have to care about Linux paration.

Vm Ware install new virtual disk and Linux is installed on it.
Virtual disk is created by using the free space and the size of disk u supply with the creation time.

If you want to go for partation installation.

Please specify existing structure of your hard disk partation.

for e.g. HDD 12128182
I-> Primary Paration
I-> Extended 1
I-> Logical 1
I-> Logical 2

So that i can help u out in partation creation and installation.

Thanks & Good Day,

Benoy Anthony
Old 06-14-2004, 03:00 AM   #3
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hi, as you have asked my partition information, it is like this..
HDD-- 75 GB
primary partition--- 10GB,
extended partition-- 65GB and i have three logical drives in it.
they are--
D-- 30GB, E--25GB, F-- 10GB.
i think this would suffice.
Old 06-14-2004, 03:44 AM   #4
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What is linux 8 ?? Do you meant redhat 8? or SuSE 8? or god forbid mandrake 8 (it's very old)?

That clarification may help someone point you in the right direction.

What are you hoping to put where? And what's already on the partitions ?

my current linux distro is mandrake 10 official edition.

My hard drive (a 120 gig western digital model), is partitioned as follows

hda1(primary)=20 gig's for XP
hda2(primary)=1 gig for /boot (which is probably too big, but it seemed a nice round number)
hda3(primary)=1.5 gig's for /swap (which is 2 x my installed RAM of 768 meg's)
hda4(extended) into
hda5(logical)=20 gig's for /root
hda6(logical)=the rest of the disc for /home

Now if you tried say, mandrake, SuSE or fedora(redhat), then you can probably install one of these linux distro's into 1 partition - the only reason why I've got mine split up is because previously I had gentoo installed, which requires a default setup of /boot, /swap and /root.

The three distro's i've mentioned above, are all "RPM" (that's redhat package manager) based, and are "redhat like" in the way they work. But lot's of people consider them "starter" distro's (which IMO is incorrect, as they have all the "bell's and whistles" that so called "power" distro's like debian, gentoo and slackware have).

So, for one of the above, and to have pretty much everything installed, you'd need about 4 or so gig's (there's lot's of packages that you can install). If you think you may need a /swap partition, then it's been common wisdom to have a /swap of double your installed RAM.

You can download mandrake and fedora (i.e. current versions), as for SuSE, until they were bought out by novell, you could only download and older version (one or 2 versions back), the latest one had to be purchased. Don't know about now.

Which ever way, if you download, you'll need a fast connection (or lot's of patience), because for example, mandrake is 3 cd's and about 650-700 meg's a shot!

Alternatively, you could try knoppix which is a debian based "liveCD" version, it will run from a cdrom drive, won't put anything on your hard drive (unless you tell it to - and you'd know if you did), it also has really good hardware detection. You can install it to your hard drive - it uses a clever compression system, so that 700meg cd that you'd have downloaded, uncompresses to about 2.5 gig's (from memory).

Hope this helps a little




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