MANDRAKE 9 Dualboot Dummy Question
Posted 06 December 2002 - 09:51 AM
Question 1: If I were to create a new partition on my HD, is there any way possible in the setup to setup linux on that new partition?
Question 2: If possible to install Mandrake Linux to the new partition, could it run as a seperate OS and not conflict with the boot sector of WindowsXP Professional? Because from what I've heard from friend's experiences with installing linux in the past, is that it sometimes messes up the boot portion of windows and messes up your windows partition. Would there be any risk that Mandrake Linux 9.0 would mess up bootup so that I would not get the Dualboot screen on bootup and could not choose which OS to boot from on bootup (the screen where you get the choice between WINXP Pro or Mandrake9 on bootup).
I'd like to know the answers to these questions before I go ahead and install Linux because I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Posted 06 December 2002 - 03:08 PM
Question 2: Yes, and depends on how you set it up. The preferred way is to let Mandrake install either grub or lilo to the MBR or you can install them to the first sector of the partition and let (ugh) the windows booloader boot to it. Though I'm not sure how to tell the windows boot loader to do this.
Posted 06 December 2002 - 07:32 PM
Posted 06 December 2002 - 10:56 PM
1. Install Windows
2. Install Linux :x
3. When installing Linux make sure Boot Loader goes in /Hda and not Hda2/3/4/5/6/7 etc. And everything will work as planned, pick your OS at boot time, for your purposes I would recommend setting Windows as default boot during installation, have fun!
Posted 02 February 2003 - 02:30 PM
Tip : If you wanna keep 1st's OS multiconfig try with a win98 boot cd by starting pc with cdrom support ( not setup but just in dos prompt) and try
( no xp boot cd cause there's no dos , but cmd only ) saved my a*s couple of times
: fdisk /mbr ( mbr=master boot record ) and then the only that stays is your 1st OS
You can create then from your distro as well to see again both 1st n' 2nd OS
Posted 12 June 2003 - 09:46 AM
Posted 11 January 2004 - 08:15 AM
When I stuck in the Mandrake CD1 and booted (after setting up the computer BIOS to boot from the CD) Mandrake automatically detected the unallocated space on the hard-drive and installed itself without a hitch. Following the Automatic or Default Mandrake install options.
Everytime I turn the machine on, I am presented with a screen which indicates that Mandrake will boot-up within 7 or 8 seconds - during that time you can highlight other options (eg Fail-safe mode) one of which will be Windows. Highlight it using the up / down arrow keys (this also stops the 8 second countdown) and hit the 'Enter' key. Windows will then boot up as normal. My only problem now is that I can't connect to the internet......... http://www.linuxcompatible.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=4490#4490