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Old 02-22-2006, 04:52 AM   #1
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Which Live CD?

After trying unsuccessfully over the last week or so to install Linux SUSE 10.0 to run alongside WinXP in a dual boot environment [stage 1.5 Grub error 18 just won't go away], I'm looking now at running a live CD system.

This gives me several advantages :

(1) I can run it without screwing up my PC config
(2) After running a few distros 'live', I can choose my preferred one and try once more to set up dual booting
(3) My son will stop shouting at me that '...the PC's not working properly and Call Of Duty isn't there anymore'" [after having to reinstall and reset everything].

Of course, the disadvantages are :

(1) Live CD'ing is [I expect] slower running than HD installs [I can live with that for now]

So, I'm really now looking for feedback on which ones's to look at/evaluate. Am I best loading a full CD (like Knoppix) and running a 700Mb or so live CD?

Or, can I run a relative smaller system and install some Linux programmes to hard drive and run them when I run a live CD session?
Old 02-22-2006, 05:56 AM   #2
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try installing ubuntu on your harddrive.

also if you get a grub error you can repair the mbr (master boot record) with a live cd or with your windows cd - no need for a reinstall. see google... or here {search)

there's no need to use a live cd if you've enough disk space. trust me ubuntu will see you right. try kubuntu or mepis if you prefer KDE to gnome.
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...but if I change the MBR with WinXP CD, won't I have trouble launching Linux?

I tried repairing using the Linux CD's but I couldn't get things going the way I wanted [option to launch either WIN or SUSE at PC boot up].

It's disturbing how many people say it's easy - but when things go wrong, panic can set in rather quickly!!
Old 02-22-2006, 06:28 AM   #4
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true true!

i mean if you break your boot up, you can restore with the windows cd to assuage your son's ire.

grub is quite hard to configure for the new users. personally i would try ubuntu or kubuntu to ease you into things.

the point about live cd's is that you can edit the grub config and you can restore the mdr if you've back it up....
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You might try googling for "Grub NT Boot" and also search for this on this site. You can install the boot loader to the linux root partition, and use XP's loader to chainload Grub. On the windows side, it entails a small image file saved on the C:\ drive, and adding an entry to the C:\BOOT.INI to give you a linux menu entry.


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