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Old 01-22-2002, 12:21 AM   #1
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Question Windows has made me stupid nubie needs help installing linux on second drive

I need help, I've been messing with my computer over 17hr's straight. I have a amd cpu running win98se on 40 gig drive (master) I also have a 3.5 gig (slave) which is empty. I wanted to install peanut linux on the slave, so I could have two os's, win98 for games and linux for the rest. I've tried everything and I just can't make any thing work. Do I format the drive, set up a dos partition, remove the dos partition, fdisk, defrag, kick the neighbors dog? I've looked at the install info it just confuses me even more. All I have ever dealt with is windows3.x to present (looks like it made me extremely stooopid). Please help before I run up and down the block necked, yelling profanites at the top of my lungs. I need some set by step guide for idiot's.

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Old 01-22-2002, 01:48 AM   #2
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I haven't used peanut linux before, but in general if the drive is raw (unpartitioned and unformatted), the installation process should reach a point where it prompts you to create your Linux partitions and format them. Hav you gotten that far yet, or have you been too busy kicking the neighbor's dog?

In other words, give us a little more info on what you've done so far and where you're getting hung up.
Old 01-22-2002, 02:56 AM   #3
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go ahead do it!

i dunno about linux peanut..but heres what i did for Red Hat:
you start with the linux installation program (boot from CD-change boot priority options in BIOS setup) , then select language, mouse type, keyboard 'use disk druid to partition' then you will see a display showing your present HDisk&partition setup. your primary HD will be hda1 somethign and second HD will be hdb..delete this partition (only hdb) and then click on partition-add boot, root, usr,home (make all this linux native) and swap (swap partition). my partitions are like this: 50,200,1500,4000,200 MB respectively- i got a 6.0GB HDD)..then click next and the prog will automatically format (it will ask you which partitions to format)..then proceed. dont forget to install LILO since you will dual boot, and make a boot disk .
i am tellign you this cos i did this procedure recently..
good luck. and the guru's on this forum will give you all the help you need!!
Old 01-22-2002, 04:16 AM   #4
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i don't think i've heard much in the way of praises going to peanut's easy-of-use for the install - for newbies, it's highly recommended that they get a copy of mandrake, redhat, or suse to help them on the install. it will make things MUCH easier.

but, just for the sake of answering the question, linux views the system of hard drives as a single virtual entity - the disks would be hda1, hda2, ect. you would have lilo installed on the mbr to let you boot either o/s, and linux's root partition mounted on the slave drive.
Old 01-22-2002, 04:12 PM   #5
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This is what I have amd t-bird 1.5 two HD's one 40 one 3.5 (formatted with 1 dos fat-32 partition) two cd-rom's one dvd and the other is cd-r\w. When I install peanut Linux from ms-dos start-up it will load. Then when I run setup from# it gives me a choice to run pmagic, pd or pq disk, or exit. The only one it will let me choose is the 2nd one. It then comes to a screen similar to fdisk, But It will only let me partition my 40 gig HD and not the 3.5 (Dosen't even list or show it to be there). This is where I am stuck at. The disk works and is accessable from win 98se and ms-dos.



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