Newbie, First Time Linux Installer
Posted 27 September 2005 - 12:31 AM
I was looking to install on a separate hard drive however I have 3 in total & am unsure of how to do it.
My machine is a Compaq presario 2.8 processor, 1 gig ram.
A Radeon 9200 128mb graphics card.
Soundblaster Audigy 2 & Live Drive.
WinXP is currently installed on the biggest drive 120gig. as c:/
The recovery console is 3.42gb as d:/
I also have a 80gig drive for music/downloads etc partitioned as g:/ & h:/
For the purpose of installing Linux I also included a new 6 gig drive which shows up as e:/
What I hoped to do was install just the Mandriva O/S on the small e:/ drive
whilst keeping my windows c:/ and my music/downloads d:/
I have already installed a version of Mandriva 2005 on this little e:/ drive but somehow managed to mess up the boot sequence.
I think this is because I installed everything to this drive & no boot loader to select which O/S to use. Wrongly presuming it would show up alongside my windows & Recovery console when I switch on. It is installed but not accessable.
So getting down to it, I am currently downloading the 2006 RC2 version. & try the install again in the correct way.
Trouble is with so many drives I'm really unsure where to install everything.
Would i be right in saying C: windows will be hda
the 80 gig g: & h: music/downloads will be hdb1 and hdb2
with the Mandriva install going on e: now called hdc
Does that sound right?
Will I need to install a boot loader onto the c:windows (or hda)
This bit is worrying me as I have wiped all my drives & XP trying to install a version of Linspire a while ago.
Sorry to waffle on so much, I just want to make sure I don't mess things up again!
Posted 27 September 2005 - 01:05 AM
^^ follow that guide, use the Windows Boot Loader (boot.ini)
Install the Linux Boot Loader (Lilo) to a Floppy Disk, so you can boot it later and get the required boot file from Linux to place on the windows drive. It works and I have several OS's both Linux and Windows installed and running on this machine atm
If you need some help, feel free to drop me a line via email and we can hook up on a chat client such as MSN or other and I can help you get things taken care of. (email@example.com)
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