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Old 03-28-2006, 10:30 AM   #1
jwcooley
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Will Suse LInux 10 install win95-Linux dual boot?


I have Win98SE on disk 1 and want to install Suse Linux 10 on Disk2 with a dual boot. Will the Suse installation do this?
I tried installing Linux on Disk 1 3 times. Only once did I get it to work. The other times, it did not give me the root and user setup screens and I could not log on. Other problems, partiton errors, disk errors, etc, were too much to explain.
 
Old 03-28-2006, 02:44 PM   #2
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The last time I installed SuSE was when SuSE had version 9.1. I'd installed different versions of Ubuntu, too, and tend to say that modern Linux distributions setup the boot sector flawlessly.

Nonetheless, with most dual-boot installations, there is still a - user-centric - issue with partitioning, choosing the right partition, and formatting it.
I guess you hadn't formatted the SuSE partition, thus SuSE might have installed itself in repair or upgrade mode.

I'd suggest next time you're installing you keep a special open eye on the partitioning and formatting dialogs.

HTH, thanks
 
Old 03-28-2006, 02:48 PM   #3
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most likely that robbbert say's, suse reinstalled and did not format. normally you should be able to have a clean dualboot with any windows.
 
Old 03-28-2006, 03:47 PM   #4
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dual boot

it will work, with suse it's very easy. I did it more than 50 times on desktops,and laptops. with yast it is very easy. if you have two separate disks less problem than to put it on one disk. in former days you needed to partition before the installation with fdisk since suse's partition tool didn't do it very well (crashed some times) but nowadays it works fine. I even did more than 20 net installs on dual boot machines and it worked quite well. Give it a try...
 
Old 03-29-2006, 08:06 PM   #5
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Thanks. I am grateful to all 3 for your replies. Robert says I should partition first and seelenbild28 says Suse will do the partition. On my first attempt, I chose the multiple boot option in Partition Magic and it set up the partitions. It said Boot Magic would complete it and it did not. After deleting the Linux partitions with fdisk I started over. It never gave me the screen for setting up the root password and a user. Linux only gave me the login screen and would accept nothing. A third attempt got me the login setup and it worked. Then I put my good hard drive in and failed. I will start from scratch and just use Linux to install. Thanks again.
 
Old 03-31-2006, 12:22 PM   #6
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Two short points: SuSE probably will do the partitioning as well as PartitionMagic.
As for the missing root password (could it be it's simply blank if you hadn't set it?), there is an option to set it in the setup process (under "Configuration" -- see a (German) screenshot).
 
  


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