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Old 09-22-2005, 09:51 PM   #1
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I'm currently taking a Linux class in college that using Slackware 10.1 and I want to install it on my laptop. The only thing is, the laptop already has WinXP Pro installed on it and I don't want to damage or corrupt it. Also, the hard drive is partitioned for use by WinXP Pro. I was wondering if there's a way to install Slackware 10.1 on my hard drive using 10GB of space (40GB drive) without causing any problems or damage to Windows XP?

Thank you in advance for any advice.
 
Old 09-22-2005, 09:56 PM   #2
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If you already have the 10gig partition available then you can install Slack no problem and it should not effect your XP at all, however, it will probably try to install the bootloader on your MBR overwriting windows but is probably a better idea anyway. It will find your windows partition.

All I can say is even though you don't have to re-size your partitions I would still backup all critical data before installing anything.

Good Luck
 
Old 09-22-2005, 09:57 PM   #3
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Yes of course there is. You can aquire Partition Magic for windows, to repartition your hardrive to make the appropriate space for linux. Lets say your 10GB Linux partition, and make a swap partition for linux, 2 * amount of ram = swap space. Partition Magic has support for Ext2 Ext3 and the swap partition for linux, so you can make it without even booting into linux itself, if you don't know how to work with fdisk , and also, Partition Magic is non-destructive, unlike fdisk, which means you keep windows. Once you have partitioned your hard drive, you can simply go through the install of Slackware. Once Slackware is installed, it will give you choices on how to configure it, and how to boot it, and yes, Windows and Slackware can be on the same hard drive, and you can start windows from LILO (the default linux loader for Slackware).
 
Old 09-24-2005, 12:50 PM   #4
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An new problem has developed

I have now resized my hard drive and attempted to install Slackware 10.1 on the HDD but I always get an error from LILO stating that it would save properly and that I need to create a boot disk. Is there something that I'm doing wrong or does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 09-24-2005, 01:21 PM   #5
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I think its because you are choosing an automatic setup, and unfortunately, lilo never guesses correctly when done that, so, best to choose expert mode, and from there it should give you a list of your partitions, what partitions should be included into your fstab and where to put lilo itself, on your superblock of your linux partition, or where windows resides, and starts, MBR (master boot record) Note: if you choose MBR, your windows NTLDR will be overwritten with lilo, but don't panic, because windows can be started from lilo.

Note: I am not currently in linux right now, so I can't remember the exact options of liloconfig, but if you are stuck on something, just say where in the installation procedure you are and we can try going from there

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Old 09-25-2005, 10:23 PM   #6
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I'm well familiar with the Expert setup of LILO. I have to do a fresh install of Slackware at least four times a week in my class. I've tried to set it up to the MBR but it wont write there for some reason. Right now, if I want to use Linux, I have to use a boot disk.
 
  


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