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Old 01-30-2004, 01:38 AM   #1
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Question Rundown on Installing RedHat on hdb w/Windows XP on hda

I'm new to Linux and want to get everything prepared before I install. What do I need to do to prep my computer to dual-boot Windows XP and Linux RedHat 9. I'd like to keep Windows XP as the MBD on hda. I'm planning on taking hda(Windows XP) out of my computer then install Linux on hdb(RedHat) that time, I'm gonna make hdb the MBD, after switch bact to hda as the master and hdb as the slave. What do I need to do??? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm planning on getting both up an running with in the next day. Thank you.
Old 01-30-2004, 03:31 AM   #2
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You can of cause keep XP as the boot loader, but the you would need a boot disk (floppy/CD) to start linux. Linux comes with some nice boot loaders, and configuration isn't hard (The install program, just ask you simple questions).
To prepare your computer, I suggest, that you read the manuals that are on the Red hat install disk.
may I suggest, that you try a different distro? Mandrake, is also a very good distro for beginners.

To not have access to security updates, puts you system to at risk.
It does little harm, if your PC isn't connected to a LAN or the Internet (even if it is just a 56K modem)

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Old 01-30-2004, 04:40 AM   #3
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During RH9 installation, tell RedHat not to use the Master Boot Record, but the boot partition instead.Don't forget to create a boot diskette.After the installation, you have to copy the boot sector of RH9 to a floppy using dd,within XP, you have to copy this file to chda), and change the boot.ini of XP to tell it you have another boot sector.What you intend to do is exactly what I did but with Win2K instead of XP.I used Grub and all works fine.
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