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8webguy8 03-11-2004 03:08 PM

Redhat 9 - Win XP - Dual Boot - Am I mentally challenged?
 
Alright I've tried to search through the forum, but I suspect my search term is to short (xp) and can't get any good results. Weeded through the last 10 pages of the newbie forum and the questions are more advanced than I am right now, hmm. I've got comp knowledge, perl programmer familiar with osx, windows and I can navigate through linux, but I'm getting ready to get my hands dirty.

I have a pretty new system that I am going to try and funk up. Dell Dimension 4600 (Can't find any info through google about installing RH 9). I've purchased a copy of Partition Magic and I'm ready to do a partition, downloaded the 3 redhat disks (may have burned them to fast [8x] though cause I can't get it to boot from disk 1) but what about boot magic? I see that XP already has a boot manager, can I use this? Or is it crap?

I've downloaded the manual from their website, haven't really read through it all, but nothing compares to a first hand account. What can I do to feel secure about doing this install. I feel like an idiot because I've read several different install guides and they all refer to win 9x or NT - and using FAT32 or NTFS, and my brain is about to go haywire. Can somone give me a clear explaination about where I am in the mix of it all? And what I should consider doing? I really don't care about messing up the system, no important data on it, and I've got all the recovery disks. My questions are about as noob as they get, and I don't have any friends who have ever used linux before. So no help there.

Sorry to make my post so vague, but that is where I am right now. Deep in the fog.

Appreciate the help I get, and flame away..I deserve it..haha.

webG

Farmchild 03-11-2004 03:26 PM

8x will probably be fine. Anyway, i wouldn't use boot magic, because it doesn't seem to work too well with linux, it can't boot a linux partition very well. If you have partition magic, you should make 2 partitions, probably both extended, one of ext2 or ext3 file system, the other a swap. If the cds won't boot, make sure the cd takes preference over the hard drive in the boot order in your bios.

Peacedog 03-11-2004 06:35 PM

have a look here

http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...-dualboot.html

hope that "clears some of the fog" ;-)
good luck.

8webguy8 03-12-2004 02:26 PM

Thanks guys that cleared alot of the fog, I got the install going right now and was much easier than I thought. I let my own brain get in the way to much :)

webG

sirpimpsalot 03-12-2004 04:14 PM

for future reference, you can press F12 as your pc boots to get a hardware "boot menu" which give you the option to boot from cd, hdd, flashrom, etc...

Peacedog 03-12-2004 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by 8webguy8
Thanks guys that cleared alot of the fog, I got the install going right now and was much easier than I thought. I let my own brain get in the way to much :)

webG

it happens to the best of us, and in my case the worst, :D . if you run into any problems, we'll be here to help.
good luck.


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