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Old 08-16-2009, 04:15 PM   #1
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hey, im not really new to linux. I just purchased a new dell inspiron 1525 with vista preinstalled. heres the thing. i resized vista's four partitions so there would be space on my hard drive to install arch linux. so i boot the installation cd, and when i try to used cfdisk, it complains that: Bad primary partition 1: Partition ends in the final partial cylinder.
the only solution to that is to wipe off vista, install linux, and reinstall xp. i want to have xp because i think its faster. but my laptop came with an HDMI input. will hdmi work under xp? will firewire too? sorry im asking about XP but linux is all part of this. cuz i really want it.
Old 08-16-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
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win xp will work with this hardware. Maybe you need sp3. It may also be necessary to search for a driver (e.g. for the SATA-drive when you don't have an sp3-installation-CD). But I think when you have installed win xp on a SATA-drive, the biggest problem is solved.
When you are not sure about which driver you'll need for windows, I'd recommend to boot a linux live-CD and look at the output of /sbin/lspci.



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