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Old 05-06-2005, 05:39 AM   #1
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Windows XP and Mandriva Power pack dual boot

Windows XP and Mandriva Power pack dual boot.....

how do i make this....

i have a new an clean laptop that i need Mandriva Powerpack and Win. Xp on... how do i do this

and how can i choos whitch one to boot
Old 05-06-2005, 06:34 AM   #2
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First of all, please don't post the same question twice (

Install Windows first of all, and when you get to the partitioning stage of installation, leave enough room for Mandriva unallocated. Exactly how much is up to you, and depends on the size of the disk. Probably around 10GB or so. (note - you don't have to do that at this stage, but as you're installing from clean it's probably easiest).

Once that's done and Windows is working, put your Mandriva CD in and reboot. Once you get to the partitioning stage in that, create partitions as desired in the unallocated space. The scheme used is up to you - you could just use one partition for the whole thing, but it's a very good idea to at least create a swap partition as well. You might also want to use another partition for /home, as this will mean you're personal files will be safer if you ever need to reinstall. I'm not familiar with the Mandriva installer, but it should create fairly sensible defaults.

At the end of the install, a boot loader program will be installed. This will allow you to choose whether to boot Windows or Linux every time you turn on the computer.

Have fun!
Old 05-06-2005, 07:27 AM   #3
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ok thanks for that

but can some who has done this before me explain me this here in a 1-2-3 type of thing:P

thanks to the person how donates his/her time to explain me that.... :P
Old 05-06-2005, 07:41 AM   #4
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1.Put in your windows xp cd.
2. Install Windows XP
3.Go to Disk Management in Windows XP
4.Create a new partition (with how much ever space you want) for Mandriva.
5.Create another partition(this generally can be twice the size of your ram
eg. if you have 256MB Ram, create a 512 MB partition.).
6.Remove the Windows cd and put in the Mandriva CD.
7.Choose ´Custom disk partitioning´
8.Click on the partition you created(for Mandriva in windows, step 4)
9.choose ´Mountpoint´ and ´/´
10.Now click on the partition created in step 5, choose the type as ¨Linux Swap¨.
11. Now choose done.
12. Make sure only the partitions you created for linux are being formatted.
13.At the final stages of installation after the program files are copied, you get a configuration screen. Here, there is a button for bootloader, click on it.
14.You will see a list of OSes(in your case windows and linux) and floppy and failsafe.Click on the names and rename them if you want. You can change the default OS and the display time here.
15.After Finishing installation and rebooting, you will see the bootloader and the OSes into which you want to boot into

Hope this helps.

Last edited by abattoir; 05-06-2005 at 07:43 AM.
Old 05-09-2005, 04:39 PM   #5
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I would do it a bit differently, but that's only a matter of opinion.

1) Boot from the XP disk and begin the install process.
2) When you get to the partition section, create the partition you want to use for Windows and leave the rest completely untouched.
3) Install Windows the rest of the way.
4) Update Windows immediately so it doesn't contract a virus from the air as it is prone to.
5) Insert the Linux CD and restart the computer.
6) When it gets to the partitioning area it should automatically see the unallocated space and suggest to use it with the appropriate partitions. Use them as suggested unless you have other reasons to change them.
7) Finish installing Linux.
8) Update Linux.
9) Enjoy your new dual-boot computer and show everyone Linux while explaining how easy it was to set up.

If you use the Windows Disk Manager to set partitions, some distros will instead try to resize the Windows partition and that means you get to redo the partitioning manually. This isn't a big deal if you're familiar with the tools, but it's much easier to simply leave the space unallocated and allow Linux to suggest using that.

General guidelines for new users that feel comfortable using the tools:
- Create a swap partition that is roughly twice as large as the amount of RAM you have. If you have 512 MB of RAM, create a swap partition of 1024 MB. This gives the OS plenty of room to play and takes up a small amount of space on your hard drive.
- Play with the first installation mercilessly. Be afraid of nothing. If you break it so bad it cannot be recovered then you get more practice installing and recovering. You cannot learn if you don't play and break it.
- If you have enough hard drive space, tell it to install anything that looks cool. Mess around with things and explore the tools that come with it. There are thousands of programs lurking on that install disk, so see what you like. I also take notes to keep tabs on software I like unbtil I use it enough to remember the name.
- ASK!!! I don't know a single Linux user that doesn't enjoy talking about Linux and trying to fix problems and make things work - especially in unusual ways.
Old 05-10-2005, 12:08 AM   #6
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Well, to tell you the truth, I did the same steps you have suggested yesterday in a friend´s machine(including the updates stuff).
I thought maybe Windows Diskmanager(though I have never used it!!!) would have been easier, but now I feel otherwise.Many people I know who want to try linux, come till the partitions part, then with those ´scary´ messages(Backup you data before this operation), they retreat, so I thought using a Windows Tool might make them feel at home, but yesterday, the friend i have mentioned managed to sail through that part with little help from me.


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