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Thread: XP-Linux dual boot info ??




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    Hi,
    I'm a Linux newbie. I am building a P4 system and plan to install Windows XP and Linux ( thinking of Mandrake 8.2 - read it is the most installation and user friendly).
    Would appreciate if someone could send an outline of the basic steps for partitioning and dual boot and installation order - XP first or Linux first.

    Thanks

    YSN

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    <--waits for burn to step in.....:D

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    I think you ignore that gibe Bern...we appreciate your help as do many of the people having similar probs......its what these forums are about ...helping newbs and experienced people alike
    The older I get...the better I was

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    I don't think it was a gibe as much as it's the truth.. Everyone knows and loves Bern around here.. He's basically the Linux King of TT.. that's why everyone knows he'll come in here and save the day.... :D

    - Bern.



    :cheers:

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    I might have read it the wrong way and I agree 100% with what you have said....he's saved my bacon already...well saved me a lot of time and given me a lot of tips.....I was just giving him some recognition and support for his efforts..
    The older I get...the better I was

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    you and me both.. ;)

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    *cough*....oookkkk.....nothing to see here, move along :)
    Install windows first, windows always overwrites the mbr....or at least win9x does, making your linux non bootable execpt with the boot floppy that you _should_ make during the install. If your hard drive is big enough give mandrake 10g, make a linux swap partition double the size of your ram up to 512mb, which should be enough swap for anyone. Also make a small vfat (fat32) partition for swapping data between xp and drake, linux can read ntfs but write support is broken and can cause data loss. Mandrake uses GRUB as the default boot loader but also includes LILO, both can boot windows and the mandrake installer does an excellent job of setting up the boot loader, there are how-to's for dual booting with lilo and grub at linuxdoc.org.

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    Heehee - go easy Oldbugger.
    Shepps was just stating the obvious.
    At the same time he was letting YSN know that his thread would be addressed, and bumping it up.

    I had started a reply to install Windows first (because I believe that is the general rule of thumb) but I deleted it, 'cause Bern could handle the partition questions as well.

    Hey, it's all good!

    Kudos to Bern! He comes through again. (no pressure, of course)

    And if someone were so silly as to take a shot at Bern, there's a few Linux newbies here who would hastily form a Penguin Protection League! Quick - Fast - and In A Hurry:thumb:
    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

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    What I like is that you get real answers here in the forums....not generalities and "issue" advices...... I probably was a bit thingy about Shepps comment but with good reason.....flames for real help only stifle the real help...and we ALL need help at times

    [Oldbugger seen getting off soapbox and shuffling out of the park]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldbugger
    [Oldbugger seen getting off soapbox and shuffling out of the park]
    No need to worry folks, I imagine Oldbugger will return when we need him most.
    Who's turn is it on the soapbox?
    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

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