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Old 11-02-2007, 04:14 PM   #16
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it was a stretch, as silicon comes from sand and not salt
 
Old 11-02-2007, 07:48 PM   #17
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Hi,

I know! But salt will enhance better than sand. Plus the form used to form the die is not from sand but a grade silica that is mined.
 
Old 11-03-2007, 07:21 AM   #18
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When I purchased my Dell Dimension E520 desktop, I had it imaged with XP on a C:\ drive (40Gb partition) and the remainder of the disk partitioned as a D:\ drive. When I wanted to install Slackware Linux, I first partitioned the D:\ drive as an extended DOS partition and then created a number of logical drives within that using the XP Disk Manager tool. I did not touch the first primary partition containing the Dell Utilities or the last partition which I understand to be needed for use with the System Restore CD supplied by Dell at purchase.

I installed Slackware Linux and installed the LILO boot loader to the MBR without problems.

I have subsequently installed 64Studio (a Debian Etch derivative) into another partition.

I have edited my /etc/lilo.conf so that I can boot the Dell Utilities, XP, Slackware or 64Studio and all is working fine.

So my advice is:
1. Backup!
2. Resize sda2.
3. Create a fourth primary partition and convert to an extended DOS partition.
4. Create logical drives within the extended partition, perhaps allowing for a FAT32 partition for file sharing. ( I know that NTFS support is now good in Linux, but if XP does not shutdown correctly then the NTFS partition is marked as dirty when I boot Linux.)
5. Install Slackware! ( I know I need a break from the nagging of XP!)
 
Old 11-03-2007, 02:24 PM   #19
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That is what I will do if I go ahead but I am wary of installing lilo or grub to the MBR on this particular machine. I think I would rather use the route of installing to the root partition and modifying boot.ini
 
Old 11-04-2007, 05:03 PM   #20
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Some more information.

The inspiron 1501 boots with Knoppix no problem but I found that Knoppix 4 did not detect the hard drive. Knoppix 5 does detect the hard drive which means that I could potentially use it to shrink the main windows partition.

I also managed to configure the wireless connection in Knoppix.

Of note is that Slax did not detect the hard drive and I was unable to get the ndiswrapper module working with it.
 
Old 12-16-2007, 02:40 PM   #21
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Ok. The last couple of days I have spent installing slackware 12 on the inspiron.

First I used knoppix to shrink sda2 leaving space for sda4, an extended partition between sda2, the main Windows partition and sda3, one of the hidden partition.

Next booted using the slackware installation cd. The only problem was that the default kernel would not boot and I had to use huge.s. Otherwise the installation went smoothly. I installed lilo to my root partition sda5 and created linux.bin to go into c:\ for dual booting. (Later i installed grub and redid the linux.bin)

My first aim was to compile an smp kernel which would run. Unfortunately a kernel compiled with Pats config would not run. After much frustration I decided that since Knoppix worked with smp I would try the Knoppix configuration. Still no joy. Eventually I tried going back to 2.6.19 which is the kernel knoppix uses and compiled it using the knoppix config. Very unsatisfactory and I am upset not to be using Pat's config.

Wifi now working with ndiswrapper and the synaptics touchpad working. Both using that great facility slackbuild.org. Sound working fine after running alsaconf.
 
  


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