dual booting

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    dual booting

    I have bought a new Packard bell Idesign and cant get it to install linux does anyone know of any reason why this is or how I could remedy it. I can't even get it to start partitioning so is ther another way I can partition my hard drive other than the software on the Linux install disks.

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    Have you installed Linux before?

    (no offense, just trying to figure out whether this is a user or computer related problem)

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    Yes I have installed mandrake and redhat on my old computer

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    can you get to the bios and if so, are there any locks on the configuration?

    Secondly, have you removed the OS that came installed on the computer?

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    Well, I suppose you use windows right now, and you don't want to format it, download the Partition Magic program, make there 3 partitions (this should be enough).

    1 - mine is 5GB+
    2 - mine is 300MB
    3 - mine is 50MB

    well, just create them as fat32, and in the linux installation transform them to EXT3 (just 2 of them). The first one will be the root (/), the second change the system file type to SWAP, and the third will be /boot.

    On the installation it will install Grub or Lilo, it will configure alone the dual-boot, else if you want to configure it manual, man lilo or man grub, or search about loadlin.

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