- Want to do a fresh install of Mandrake8.2 and XP Pro on a spare 30Gb
HD on an Inspiron 8100 with 256Mb Ram, Nvidia 32Mb, UVGA (1600 x 1200)
What is my best approach, i.e.,
- How much of the partition should I give to XP, I share the XP
partition for most of the data file as they exist from work.
- How many Mb should I give /boot /root /usr/local (definitely want
to separte this partition by itself.
- Which boot loader will be best to use.
- What OS should I install first?
- System has a docking station so, I'll use 2 NICs. Anything I should
be looking out for here?
I'll use DHCP to connect to an exisiting LIN home server.
Appreciate any help is I want this to be my weekend project.
- I don't use Windows XP, but I've dual- and triple- booted Linux with MS
stuff for years.
Generally I'd recommend using as small a partition as possible for XP --
leave enough room for the OS and the apps you intend to use, and little
more. Format to taste, but I recommend FAT32 (you can convert FAT32 to
NTFS after installation, but not vice versa).
Create a FAT32 partition to share data; configure all your Windows
applications to save templates and data files to this partition. Make it
large enough to hold all the stuff you want to access from either OS,
especially if you save audio or video files.
It's been reported that XP does something strange with partition tables,
and that after installing XP but before installing Linux you should run
Partition Magic and rewrite the partition table without making any
changes. This is enough to straighten things out. I don't know this
If you have installed XP using FAT32, fire up tomsrtbt (Tom's Root/Boot, a
single-floppy Linux distro) and save the MBR to a file. Mount the XP
partition (say, to /mnt) and do: "dd if=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1
of=/mnt/bootsect.xp". Believe me, if you don't do this step at some point
you'll wish you had. At some point you'll want to save this file to a
Now install Linux. I have no recommendation for partitioning. I strongly
recommend grub as the boot loader. See
for a good intro to grub. I believe the Mandrake installer will detect XP
and set up grub with a choice to boot it.
Have fun, and let us know how it goes.
- --- ronin2@... wrote:
> It's been reported that XP does something strange with partitionI did a dual boot XP / RH 7.3
> and that after installing XP but before installing Linux you should
> Partition Magic and rewrite the partition table without making any
> changes. This is enough to straighten things out. I don't know this
> for a good intro to grub. I believe the Mandrake installer will
> detect XP
> and set up grub with a choice to boot it.
Installed XP first, during the install partitioned the drive and only
formatted the XP partition.
Installed Redhat, it didn't setup grub for xp. After the install, I
had to edit grub.conf with:
I don't want the files from one platform visible on the other. The
couple of times I needed files from the other platform, I just mounted
/dev/hda1 on /mnt/cdrom temporarily to move the files.
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