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Old 10-03-2004, 06:11 PM   #1
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!!URGENT!! Need help, about to attempt a dual boot installation!!!

Hey guys, I just downloaded the Mandrake 10.1 cd iso's and am planning to intsall it next to XP in a few hours. I want to get a few things cleared before I porceed so I don't make the same mistakes again.

1.) I do NOT want linux to install a bootloader or MBR on my hard drive. Why? Everytime I tried, I could NEVER get back into windows no matter what I did. So, is it possible that I make a Mandrake Linux 10.1 "boot cd" or a boot floppy so that my WinXP will boot up by default unless I pop in the linux boot disk? (Preferably, a boot cd since they are more reliable than floppys) If it is in fact possible, where can I download the boot info from so I can put it on the floppy or cd from windows before I install Linux. (Must I do it before I install Linux, or can I wait till I get to that screen where it gives me the option of where to install the bootloader and choose floppy)

2.) Also, when I am partitioning the drive and it asks me for a "root" mount point, what should I do then? Is setting it to "/mnt/root" correct? Also I assume that I am supposed to make the root partition the size of the empty space on the Hard drive. Is that assumption correct?

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Old 10-03-2004, 06:48 PM   #2
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First answer, can't give you specific answer. I've always installed boot loader on MBR.

Second answer, the mount point would be "/" and you can install mandrake on the partition you intend to. You can have swap as a partition or as a file on root but seperate partition is generally recommended.
Old 10-03-2004, 07:33 PM   #3
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I've also had trouble with default boot installs so here goes.

In answer to your first question, I made a boot floppy at the prompt screen during installation. It should be possible to write the contents of this floppy to a CD-R. I have to tell you though that it is possible to do a really nice install of Grub after installation in your own sweet time. Take a look at the following link;
I've done my own Grub install on several distros as described here and it has always worked on a dual boot system.

I believe your second question has already been answered
Old 10-03-2004, 08:17 PM   #4
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Thanx ^^^^^^ , I will check it out and get back to you about it.


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