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Old 07-22-2005, 10:48 AM   #1
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dual boot win 98 and ubuntu

I need step by step instructions to create a dual boot for win 98 and ubuntu.

Please understand that i'm in new water here. I have had to install win 98 so many times

that i've memorized the setup numbers. i would like to install ubuntu to go online and use

the other for other things. is it possible? THANKS IN ADVANCE
Old 07-22-2005, 11:17 AM   #2
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Yes, it's possible. Install Windows first. If you intend to have Win 98 and Ubuntu on the same hard drive, you'll need to get something to resize your Windows partition (eg. Partition Magic), to create space for Ubuntu. Next, install Ubuntu creating a Linux partition in the free space you set aside. When the installation gets to installing the bootloader (which I think is GRUB for Debian, so am assuming it's the same for Ubuntu), it should ask if you want to be able to boot your Windows partition (you should also be asked if you want that partition added to your /etc/fstab, so you can mount it). It'll also ask you where to install the bootloader, I always install it to the MBR (I haven't used Ubuntu, but have had no problems installing GRUB or LILO to MBR). That should be it. It might be easier if you get a second hard drive and install Ubuntu on that. You wouldn't need to mess around with resizing your Windows partition in that case.

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Yes, this is totaly possible. Here is what worked for me:
get a knoppix LiveCD. at the very first prompt you see, type knoppix 2 *enter* now, you will be at a Command line. type cfdisk /dev/hda - this will run cfdisk. You need to set up different types of partions- the simplest way is to create a swap partitions, a ext3 partition and a FAT32 partition. The ext3 and the swap are for linux to use and the FAT32 is for windows.

To use cfdisk, use the up/down arrow keys to choose a partition, and the left/right arrow keys to navegate the menu.

If you are starting over, delete (using Delete) everything and then choose write. say yes.
This is what your drive is going to look like:

select the empty space. Choose new. choose primary and say what size you want the partition to be. Since this will be your windows 98 partition, give it about half the drive. Ok, but it says "linux" so, choose Type and type 0B Choose Bootable

select the remaining empty space. This will be your swap partition- so it needs to be double the size of your RAM (if you have 256 memory, then you need 512 swap space) Anything more than a Gigabyte of swap is overkill. New - Primary - Size - Type
the type for swap is 82

select the remaining space. This is your linux partition.
New - Primary - Size (just hit enter- it will use what is left) - Type 83
Choose Bootable

So, that's partitioning.
Install windows on the Fat32 partition (hda1). Install Ubuntu on hda3 and tell it the swap is hda2. It should pick this up. Install grub on the MBR (ok, you can use Lilo, but use grub. )

long post- more to come

Last edited by titanium_geek; 07-22-2005 at 11:39 AM.
Old 07-22-2005, 11:44 AM   #4
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The above post documents my way of dual booting. Obviously, there are other ways to do this.

Here are some links to help:


Grub manual
Unofficial Ubuntu Install Guide
Ubuntu users talking about install screenshots
Screenshots of the install process
make sure you create a boot disk for ubuntu.

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