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Old 01-05-2005, 08:28 AM   #1
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So let me get this straight...

I have a 100% untouched hard disk.

I boot up with the XP CD. I create a 20gb partition and a 100gb partition. I then select the 20gb one, and proceed with a reglar XP install, then shutdown.

I boot up with the SuSE CD. It asks which partition I'd like, and I select 100gb. It installs.

Next time I boot up, my computer asks whether I'd like XP or SuSE, then boots as normal.

Am I right, or do I need to fiddle with LILO, Grub, master boot records, etc?
Old 01-05-2005, 08:34 AM   #2
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I would boot up with the xp disk make the 20gb parition and install. When you install linux it will parition it's the rest of the disk and will ask you about the boot options. I have not done this with suse but it's a good distro so you should be fine. Just watch out if you have to reinstall windows you will need to reinstall your boot loader after so you will need a linux boot disk because windows screws up the mbr.
Old 01-05-2005, 08:37 AM   #3
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How would I make a boot disk?
Old 01-05-2005, 08:42 AM   #4
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I did a quick search and SUSE's first install cd has a "Rescue System" option you can use to fix these types of problems here is the link I found
Old 01-05-2005, 09:03 AM   #5
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nah, what youv said there is basically fine. The SuSE install is a good one, and will handle the boot loader parts for you. I cant remember the installation sequence exactly, but it is quite intuitive
Old 01-05-2005, 09:28 AM   #6
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Suse will detect windows and add it to it's bootloader menu (I think suse use grub as default now). You can always create a boot disk later on just in case anything happens to your mbr.


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