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  • Nathan Gaylinn
    I just got a brand new Dell Latitude 620, complete with a fresh installation with Windows installed, configured, and ready to go. Its current partition layout
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 6, 2006
      I just got a brand new Dell Latitude 620, complete with a fresh
      installation with Windows installed, configured, and ready to go.

      Its current partition layout (according to Windows) is:

      EISA Configuration Partition - the first 47 MB
      Windows XP NTFS Partition (C:) - the rest of the 8 GB hard drive.

      I would like to install Linux, dual boot, and support suspend to HD
      (which apparently requires its own partition?), preferably without
      reinstalling Windows.

      This is something I'm familiar with on desktops, but I've never done
      it on a laptop. First of all, does anyone know what that EISA
      Configuration Partition is? Do I really not want to get rid of it? I
      read somewhere that suspend to HD works best when the suspend
      partition is the first partition on the disk, but something tells me
      this special partition ONLY works if it's the first partition on the disk.

      So, do I want to just shrink the windows partition and install Linux
      in the leftover space? If so, where should I install the boot loader
      so that it will play along with that EISA partition? Where should I
      put my suspend to HD partition, if I really need one?

      Would I be better off just wiping the hard drive clean and starting
      over? If so, what about that EISA partition? Does it matter? Will
      deleting it suck for me? Void my Dell warantee? If I really should put
      my suspend to HD partition first, will that make Windows harder to
      install, since it usually insists on having the first partition as C?
      Also, is the Dell Windows install disk a normal Windows install disk
      branded with the Dell logo, or is it meant only to restore the Windows
      setup that came on the laptop (ie, will it like a different partition
      layout)?

      Lots of questions, I know, but I want to be sure I know what I'm doing
      before I destroy a perfectly nice clean Windows install (a relatively
      hard thing to come by ;) ).

      Thanks!

      -- Nate
    • uteck
      You can use about any live CD to shrink the windows partition. If you are planing on using Ubuntu the latest version is a combo live cd and installer. Using
      Message 2 of 3 , Jul 6, 2006
        You can use about any live CD to shrink the windows partition. If you
        are planing on using Ubuntu the latest version is a combo live cd and
        installer. Using either gparted or qparted will work fine to resize
        the windows partition. If you have used the windows partiton make
        sure you defrag it before you partiton.
        If you make the swap partition twice as big as the installed RAM, you
        can use it for suspending to. I used this method on a Dell D600 and
        it ran fine for a year until I left that job and returned it.

        On 7/6/06, Nathan Gaylinn <wren42@...> wrote:
        > I just got a brand new Dell Latitude 620, complete with a fresh
        > installation with Windows installed, configured, and ready to go.
        >
        > Its current partition layout (according to Windows) is:
        >
        > EISA Configuration Partition - the first 47 MB
        > Windows XP NTFS Partition (C:) - the rest of the 8 GB hard drive.
        >
        > I would like to install Linux, dual boot, and support suspend to HD
        > (which apparently requires its own partition?), preferably without
        > reinstalling Windows.
        >
        > This is something I'm familiar with on desktops, but I've never done
        > it on a laptop. First of all, does anyone know what that EISA
        > Configuration Partition is? Do I really not want to get rid of it? I
        > read somewhere that suspend to HD works best when the suspend
        > partition is the first partition on the disk, but something tells me
        > this special partition ONLY works if it's the first partition on the disk.
        >
        > So, do I want to just shrink the windows partition and install Linux
        > in the leftover space? If so, where should I install the boot loader
        > so that it will play along with that EISA partition? Where should I
        > put my suspend to HD partition, if I really need one?
        >
        > Would I be better off just wiping the hard drive clean and starting
        > over? If so, what about that EISA partition? Does it matter? Will
        > deleting it suck for me? Void my Dell warantee? If I really should put
        > my suspend to HD partition first, will that make Windows harder to
        > install, since it usually insists on having the first partition as C?
        > Also, is the Dell Windows install disk a normal Windows install disk
        > branded with the Dell logo, or is it meant only to restore the Windows
        > setup that came on the laptop (ie, will it like a different partition
        > layout)?
        >
        > Lots of questions, I know, but I want to be sure I know what I'm doing
        > before I destroy a perfectly nice clean Windows install (a relatively
        > hard thing to come by ;) ).
        >
        > Thanks!
        >
        > -- Nate
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
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        >


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      • E.M.Gardner
        ... the 47 mb partition is for the dell diagnostic utilities ... if your system is still under warranty then I would suggest to leave it, they will be looking
        Message 3 of 3 , Jul 6, 2006
          Nathan Gaylinn wrote:

          I just got a brand new Dell Latitude 620, complete with a fresh
          installation with Windows installed, configured, and ready to go.

          Its current partition layout (according to Windows) is:

          EISA Configuration Partition - the first 47 MB
          Windows XP NTFS Partition (C:) - the rest of the 8 GB hard drive.

          I would like to install Linux, dual boot, and support suspend to HD
          (which apparently requires its own partition?), preferably without
          reinstalling Windows.

          This is something I'm familiar with on desktops, but I've never done
          it on a laptop. First of all, does anyone know what that EISA
          Configuration Partition is? Do I really not want to get rid of it? I
          read somewhere that suspend to HD works best when the suspend
          partition is the first partition on the disk, but something tells me
          this special partition ONLY works if it's the first partition on the disk.

          So, do I want to just shrink the windows partition and install Linux
          in the leftover space? If so, where should I install the boot loader
          so that it will play along with that EISA partition? Where should I
          put my suspend to HD partition, if I really need one?

          Would I be better off just wiping the hard drive clean and starting
          over? If so, what about that EISA partition? Does it matter? Will
          deleting it suck for me? Void my Dell warantee? If I really should put
          my suspend to HD partition first, will that make Windows harder to
          install, since it usually insists on having the first partition as C?
          Also, is the Dell Windows install disk a normal Windows install disk
          branded with the Dell logo, or is it meant only to restore the Windows
          setup that came on the laptop (ie, will it like a different partition
          layout)?

          Lots of questions, I know, but I want to be sure I know what I'm doing
          before I destroy a perfectly nice clean Windows install (a relatively
          hard thing to come by ;) ).

          Thanks!

          -- Nate

          the 47 mb partition is for the dell diagnostic utilities ... if your system is still under warranty then I would suggest to leave it, they will be looking for it if you have to call tech support ... most distro's have partition utils that can shrink your windows and free up space to install linux on ... for suspend I would suggest a swap that is 2x your ram and also set /home to its own partition so that if/when you upgrade/re-install you won't loose all your data. Install grub (bootloader) to the mbr and it will automagically set up booting your windows install and the 47mb too .... I've been runnin linux for 15 months now ... but seeing that my i8600 is no longer under warranty I deleted dells utils and also gave up on windows due to it constantly reaching into my wallet for more and more $$$$$

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