[linux-dell-laptops] Re: Linux-NT dual boot on DELL inspiron?
I have a two triple boot systems, both at home and work, one of which
Dell Lattitude CPi R, although I have set up several dual boot system
for other people in my company. I can't comment on the driver issues
Inspiron, but there is no real need to reinstall NT. I repartitioned
drives using Partition Magic, which has worked really well every time.
can create a boot floppy to use a basic verion of Partition Magic, and
gets around the NT disk control problems.
As for boot loaders, I actually still use the NT loader. I installed
on the boot sector of the Linux partition, then used a boot floppy to
Linux and copy that boot sector into a file on the C: drive. Edit
the NT boot.ini file to reference this as a menu option, and it allows
to select Linux from here. If you want more information on this, I can
send you an email sometime with all the commands etc.
Hope it all goes well,
I currently have an NT/Linux dual boot on an Inspiron 3500. Dell
shipped my 6GB drive as a 2GB FAT and 4GB NTFS, so I just used
Partition Magic to delete the NTFS (NT installed on FAT partition) and
then used the install tool in RH6.1 to partition the now-free space.
At the moment, I have sound, PC card ethernet, graphics, and all the
basics working. I'm a newbie to linux, so it's nothing hard to get
these things to work. There are a lot of Linux on 3500 pages out
there, and between them all, you'll find something to help you. As for
booting, I installed Lilo on one of the partitions, and then followed
one on the mini-howtos to dualboot linux and NT.
As far as drivers, as I said most everything works. If you want more
specifics, either email me, or look at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/k
harker/linux-laptop/ for 3500 pages...I should have one of my own up
"vivek" <vivekchopr-@...> wrote:
> I needed some advice about having a Linux, NT dual boot on a DELLetc.
> (3500? 3700?). I am at the stage of deciding what laptop to buy and
> really really appreciate any help or pointers at this stage.
> * Would I need to partition the disk and then reinstall NT?
> * or is there any s/w available to partition a disk *safely*
> with NT installed.
> * Where should I install LILO? MBR?
> * Any issue with linux drivers being available for inspiron laptop
> Any help would be appreciated.
You can find answers to some of your questions.
> * Would I need to partition the disk and then reinstall NT?You need to partition the disk with fips, yet you can keep the
Window partition intact during partition and installation. (But
this should be done with care).
> * or is there any s/w available to partition a disk *safely*Fips works!
> with NT installed.
> * Where should I install LILO? MBR?Yes, 'Master boot record' when you are prompted with other choices.
> * Any issue with linux drivers being available for inspiron laptop etc.See for example 'Linux on laptops' homepage.