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Old 02-05-2004, 08:47 PM   #1
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Laptop with Windows-want to add Linux

Have a Dell Inspiron5000 laptop - Dual Boot with Win2000 and Red Hat installed (Grub is the bootloader).

I want to install Debian on the Red Hat partition... And i am afraid I will destroy the Windows partition in the process (still need it for work)

Anyone have a suggestion?

If I can pull this off, I plan on going Windoze-free for a week.

thanks guys
Old 02-05-2004, 09:44 PM   #2
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You've already done it once, and lived to tell the tale. Actually, you've done all the hard work already... Taking disk space away from Windows without killing it so you have someplace to install Linux.

As long as you are OK with killing off the RedHat install, it will be easy... Just start the install. When you come to the part where you need to create partitions, delete the RedHat partitions, and create the new one in the now-empty space. As long as you don't do anything to the NTFS partition, you should be OK. (Should be... I make no promises, guarantees, or warranties about this statement. As always, I suggest backing up any data you cannot replace.)

If you were booting the system with GRUB or LILO, tell the Debian install to take control of the booting. It will set-up the conf file and redirect the MBR, if need be, and it should take over without a hitch. If you were booting with NTLoader, then don't let Debian take over, and edit your settings after install.

Hopefully, all will go well. Debian can be a bear to install, though, so you might want to read any articles, HOW-TOs, or install instructions that you can find. You might even want to restore the MBR to boot straight to Windows, just in case it takes you a couple install tries.
Old 02-05-2004, 11:03 PM   #3
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Thanks Ranger_NEMO!

Thanks man...

Pain is OK... the best way to learn (and man do I learn playing with Linux)

This will be my fourth install, but I am still a total Noob (but man am I learning). Just installed slackware on an old LatitudeXP laptop and it was almost painless...

This will be the second time I dual-booted the laptop, and the first time it was all fresh install all-around (windows and linux) so i wasnt too worried about screwing up... i just dont want to spend my weekend reinstalling 2 different OSs and coordinate apps and everything else.

From everything I have read, Debian is getting great press, great reviews and high marks for stability...

Thanks man


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