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Old 07-11-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
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Unhappy New to Linux partitioning software

I installed a new 200gb hard drive in my computer. With this I installed Xandros. I like Xandros but I miss windows aswell. I would like to now make my computer a dual boot system. I would like to partition the hard drive now and install xp on the other partition. So what I need is a partitioning program that works with Xandros. Or I need to uninstall Xandros and put windows on the hard drive and then install Xandros. I don't understand how to compile software so if someone has a partitioning program all compiled for Xandros that would help me out alot. Any help or advice would be great. I would once again be able to have both Xandrox and Windows on the same computer. Anyone have any other Linux based OS that they would suggest?

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Old 07-11-2006, 02:46 PM   #2
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The kubuntu system, v6.06 (Dapper) is relatively user friendly. Internet connection is very straightforward in it. The only hitch is that you might want to install windows first. Not sure if it is required, anyone else know?
Old 07-11-2006, 03:49 PM   #3
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The conventional wisdom is that Windows must be installed first--in the first partition of the first drive. This is, however, not a firm requirement.

What is true is that Windows installs boot code to the mbr of drive 1--no way to stop it. Thus, if you install Windows on an existing system, you will need to restore something.

The easy way to do this is to simply start from scratch...
Install Windows first--give it maybe 15GB in a partition at the beginning of the disk---leave the rest of the disk alone.
When you install any typical Linux distro, the installer will take care of creating the necessary partitions, and will offer to install a bootloader. Give the Linux install maybe 10GB, including 500M to 1G of swap.

For the bootloader, let it go into the mbr on drive 1. (See below for one reason NOT to do this**). If all goes well, you will re-boot into a menu that allows you to chose Windows or Linux. If you install another Linux distro, DO NOT install the bootloader. Instead, edit the config file for the first installation to point to the new one.

**I assume you have Windows install CD. If not, then setting up dual-boot could be a real mess. Personally, I would refuse to buy a computer with no install disk, but this situation is out there.
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Some computers don't come with an installation disk; only with a "restore disk." Don't buy such a computer. If you insist (and you usually must...) you are entitled to receive a current copy of the (OEM) software disk and license key. Best do this before you leave the store with your goodies.
Old 07-11-2006, 10:24 PM   #5
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Actually there is an easier way,put another hard drive into your system, set it as master. unplug your linux drive,(just to be safe)install windows on the new drive, get it all set up, then set your linux drive as slave-plug it in and reboot with your linux cd in the cdrom.(boot from cd)reinstall boot loader into mbr of master disk-you will then have a dual boot with xandros and windows. (of course it is a little more expensive-unless you have a spare dive sitting around!)


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