Installing Linux?

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    Installing Linux?

    I just d/l'ed mandrake 10.0 and was wondering how difficult it will be to install it. My computer has 2 80 gb hard-drives on it. One of the hd's has win xp on it and the other has not been accesed/used yet. I want to install mandrake on the unused hd.

    With the files that I d/l'ed for mandrake: Do I just burn them on cd and put the cd in and reboot? It comes with a 3 cd set so, will it prompt me to insert the other disks or is there something special I have to do?
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    i installed mandrake 8 for a friend in the same case. one HD for WIN and another fresh one. one of mandrakes key feautres is it's easy isntall. just burn the .iso's to disk then pop in number 1 and your off (although i was isntalling from a box set) you can choose easy install or advanced for better control. good luck

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    make sure u partition ur HD correctly, linux doesnt work same as windows, u need to set space aside. also make sure u chose a bootloader when ur installing. if u dont ull b kinda lost using the command line to get a GUI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whackaxe
    ..... just burn the .iso's to disk then pop in number 1 and your off (although i was isntalling from a box set) you can choose easy install or advanced for better control. good luck
    So, I am taking it that the entire d/l from disk1 to disk 3 is the iso?
    I.e. Disk1 is iso for Disk1?
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    >>make sure u partition ur HD correctly, linux doesnt work same as windows, u need to set space aside. also make sure u chose a bootloader when ur installing. if u dont ull b kinda lost using the command line to get a GUI.

    mandrake does everything for you.

    >>I.e. Disk1 is iso for Disk1?

    yes

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    If you somehow screw up installing Madrake, then maybe Linux isn't for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by -KEN-
    If you somehow screw up installing Madrake, then maybe Linux isn't for you
    if u set aside to much swap space than needed, u can mess it up lol, i know i did it. but figured it out on the 2nd istallation
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    With Mandrake, you can point it to the unused space and it'll automatically allocate reasonably-sized partions for you.

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    How big can partitions be? Like I said, I have an 80gig hard-drive in my computer that is unused. Do I still have to partition? Call me stupid but I thought partitioning can only be done on a single hard drive.......unless you have RAID set up?!??
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    a partition is a space assigned by a drive letter or device. It has nothing to do with RAID. I have 4 hard drives, some with windows, others linux, others FreeBSD. They all have their own partitions. Technically, just having a drive called C is one partition. If I have 2 drives and both have 1 partition they're C and D. If they both have two partitions on each they are C D E F. Then if the second partitions on each drive were extended, the letters would be C and E on drive 1 and D and F on drive 2 .....and it gets more complicated. But you don't have to worry about it. When the install goes and you get to the partitioning, just click on the tab for the drive that doesn't contain windows. Then there's a button for automatic partitioning. All you do is click that button and click next. Pretty simple.
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    Careful about Mandrake 10 CE, some users have reported problems where disc 2 was the bootable disk instead of disk 1.
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    I am already having booting problems When I put the first disk in it brings up the optioni menu: Install Mandrake, Install from floppy, Tech support, Other offers. Anyway, when I click on install Mandrake I get a prompt message saying that it will reboot my system to start the installation. I click ok and it restarts my computer.....back to windows. I completely misses everything, it just reboots it back to windows.

    Laserlight:
    I went to tech support to try and figure out why it wouldn't install on boot up and one of the solutions was to boot from disk 2, but that doesn't work for me .

    I don't know why it won't install when I reboot, but I think I know why it wont work for me on disk 2. Booting from floppy is not an option either as this computers floppy drive needs to be replaced. (Floppy fail (40) message at post screen!?!?)
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    Go into your bios and change the boot order. Move the cdrom drive ahead of the hard drive.

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    or even remove hard drive from the list just to make sure.
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