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Old 06-13-2003, 06:59 PM   #31
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You have to load Mandrake in "expert" mode (where it says press F1 for options, do so!) then you get the opportunity to repartition your disk. 10Gig should be plenty.

One thing though, go into Windoze and back up valuable data files first, you never know...

Old 06-14-2003, 03:36 AM   #32
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Quote by Zohra\:

Guess what guys..i do not know what is going on!!! When i run the cd it says it will reboot and install mandrake...and than it reboots and comes back to windows what is going on and what am i doing wrong>>Thanks
If you mean by this that your CD successfully booted and you installed Mandrake, but on the first re-boot after installation your computer booted directly into Windows, then you probably didn't complete the Bootloader section correctly for your situation. In Linux you have two main ways of booting into Linux. The first way, in the installation procedure, you say 'Yes' to the bootloader option - Lilo - and have the installation routine write the boot code to the Master Boot Record of your hard disk. This overwrites the Windows bootloader that was there, but puts in its place a menu that you can select Linux or Windows from. If you're not happy with overwriting your current MBR, then you use the second way, where you create a floppy boot disk in the installation routine that bypasses the HD MBR and boots straight into Linux. As your machine doesn't have a floppy drive, you have no option but to select the first method.

If this is the case, you can fix this by running the installation disk again, but select 'Upgrade' mode, and make no changes to your original installation until you get to the Bootloader section, right near the end. There, make sure you say 'Yes' to creating the bootloader, and select MBR as the location to store it. Then re-boot and Robert's your father's brother.
Old 06-14-2003, 03:45 AM   #33
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Sorry guys, I was rushing and didn't see that I had two pages to go yet, so my previous post is not relevant to the problem at hand. But all is not lost; it is at least relevant to Zohra\'s eventual choice of installation options.
Old 06-14-2003, 04:36 AM   #34
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when burning an iso the best program to use that i atleast like and used to burn my version of mandrake 9.1 is nero. Id download that and use it to burn the iso's. Its easy to just pop a cd in, go to file and (i think it says) burn from image, then locate the first one and bwam you got cd 1. Its that easy, and to download mandrak 9.1 go here

go there and download them and burn the cd's like i told ya and you have yourself 3 good cd's that i have used. Mandrake 9.1 is very good at keeping your info you get the choices of formating the whole hardrive, formatting linux partitions, or partitioning it yourself so its up to u. After that installation is based upon what you wanna choose. Its very simple and quick too. Just to be safe, you know, read everything since your new at it (and i am too but im a big windows user) and there ya go.

Have fun with mandrake 9.1 its my favorite linux right now


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