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Old 03-06-2009, 03:09 PM   #1
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installing slackware with vista

I need to install slackware, but i already have Vista on my comp and would like to keep it. I have created a partition by shrinking the c drive and using vista. I have a c, d , and f drive. I want to install linux in the f drive. How do i pick only the f drive to install in( what would it be call(/dev/????). I want to leave the c and d drives alone. Also, when i installed slackware last time (messed up vista), it asked me enter my darkstar login and password. what is that? i never created a login and password, so i did not know what to enter. Please help. I am very new to computers, but i want to learn, so please answer this like i am computer illiterate. thanks.
Old 03-06-2009, 03:25 PM   #2
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Linux does not use the naming convention used in windows. When you boot your Slackware CD from the CDRom drive, open a terminal/konsole window and run command "fdisk -l" as root user (lower case letter L, not a one). You get to root user usually by typing "su" or "su -" in the terminal. Post this output and someone will help.

You talk about a, c, d and f drives. Does that mean you have four hard drives or are referring to partitions on one drive?

The "darkstar login" is just the prompt where you enter your username and then password.
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darkstar is the default hostname (i.e. name for your machine, if you don't choose one). During the installation, you will be asked to set a root password, so to log in, you enter "root", followed by your password. You'll want to create a regular user account, for everyday use, though. This can be done with the command adduser.

As for choosing the partition to install on, well, have you run (c)fdisk to create a Linux partition out of the free space left on the disk after shrinking existing partitions? If not, you'll need to do this. Slackware's installation will detect Linux partitions on the disk and ask if you want to install on those. It will also detect Windows partitions and add entries to your /etc/fstab, if desired.


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