View Full Version : Want a dual-boot system, how?

03-11-2003, 10:10 AM
For my birthday I might get a new harddisk which will be a perfect oppertunity to install a dual booting system (Windows XP and Mandrake Linux 9.0).
I have the CDs to both and have installed both before, but never on the same disk.

Which CD should I run first? How should I partition the drive? Which filesystems should I use? How do I configure LILO? How big should Swap-files be?

Don't presume I know anything, explain as thou I'm new to computers so I don't miss vital steps...

03-11-2003, 01:30 PM
This mite help (http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?threadid=20739), use the partitioning tools on the XP disk.
Fit the new hard drive then put the XP disk in the drive go into BIOS and change first boot to cd-rom save and exit, then follow the directions on screen and it will ask you to make a partition, it will show you the full size of the hard drive in Meg-bites (1024 MB to 1G) reduce this by 8G, so now when the partition is made it will be minus 8G.
Keep following the directions and follow though with the install of XP, once you are happy its working well put the first Mandrake disk in the drive and reboot it will sort out all the partitions need for you, again follow the directions on screen.

Others will come, let us know how you get on with it.

03-12-2003, 09:18 AM
Also don't skip making a boot disk it's important when setting up a multiboot. You will be asked to do so during your Linux installation. If you don't you will be locked out of Linux when you reboot. An other thing is to put Lilo in your Linux root partition not on your c partition (MBR). Make a copy of the packages you want to install this will save you a lot of time if you screw up by putting Lilo in the wrong place or not making that boot disk and have to reinstall again.
Here are some good instructions on setting up your boot menu.