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Old 01-17-2003, 01:55 PM   #1
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Question Installing on a second hard drive... any suggestions?

I need some help trying to install Mandrake 9.0 on a second hard drive in my computer.

I've used Microsoft Windows for years and don't feel comfortable leaving it entirely. I've heard great things about Linux, so I figured it was time to let it speak for itself.

Recently I tried installing Mandrake on a partition off my primary hard drive. I used PartitionMagic 8.0 Eventually, however, that all fell apart and I had to reformat and reinstall windows. I've purchased a small 20gig HD to put in for Mandrake though.

I've been searching the internet for some "how to's" related to this task, but haven't been very successful. If at all possible, I'd like to use the windows bootloader (if you can even call it that) because at this point in time I still want Windows to be in control of as much as possible. Someone suggested modifying the "boot.ini" file under windows, but they were unable to tell me HOW to modify it.

Any suggestions anyone may have is always appreciated!

ALSO, one more thing. I'm at college and my university provides wireless internet access to all students living on campus. I have a wireless USB device, but how in the world do I make it work with the campus wireless internet?
Old 01-17-2003, 02:07 PM   #2
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Hey, I just installed Mandrake 9.0 about an hour ago for the first time. Similar setup, win98/FAT32 partitions on primary harddrive, small secondary for Mdk.
Worked almost perfectly. Set the BIOS to boot from cd, stuck in cd 1, saved BIOS settings and rebooted. All went well, then custom selected the hard drive, formatted the secondary to ext3 and set up 3,4 and 13gig partitions for /, swap and /usr iirc.
Didn't manage to get even an option about bootloader. Lilo ended up being installed.
A few problems encountered about changing cd, but I'll post my own topic in a sec.
Only real problem now seems to be that windows has a different letter asigned to the old F: partition, where most things were installed.


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