Hi, I'm a newbie, and want to install Linux Mint as a dual-boot on my Dell XPS 400 desktop, alongside Windows XP Home Media Center Edition. The live CD runs fine (and I ran the chksum to verify it was complete), but when I try to install, the only two choices I have for partitioning are "Guided, use entire disk" or "Manual." When I select "manual" it does show all three Dell partitions, but treats them as if they are empty. Needless to say, I have not installed anything. I need to preserve my Windows installation so my wife can continue to operate. (Hopefully she will enjoy Mint and we'll agree to migrate to it completely.)
My system configuration is as follows:
Dell XPS 400
Intel Pentium D CPU 2.80GHz
- NTFS [C:] 144GB (32.55 used)
- FAT16 39.19MB (7.167 MB used [EISA configuration])
- FAT32 4.956GB (4.511 MB used [Concurrent DOS, CTOS])
I believe the two FAT volumes are Dell Restore and Dell Utility.
The Mint partition menu identifies the existing disk as SCSI3 (0,0,0)(sda) - 160.0 GB ATA
The manual menu offers these partitions:
/dev/sda1 fat16 /media/sda1 41MB (33MB used)
/dev/sda2 ntfs /media/sda2 154635 MB (34900 MB used)
/dev/sda3 fat32 /media/sda3 5321 MB (4800 MB used)
The only two choices I have are "new partition table" or "undo changes to partitions". I clicked on "new partition table" but it looked like it was going to format the entire disk, so I quit installation at that point. I don't know enough to dig deeper without help.
I have a second HDD I can enable (empty 500 GB SATA) (BTW, the current one is also SATA, not SCSI), but I'm concerned that if I install Mint on it Grub will still not recognize the Windows partition. But I should have plenty of room on the current disk to dual boot.
What does anyone suggest?
[UPDATE]: Successfully installed Mint Daryna on sdb:
sdb1 30 GB /
sdb2 2 GB swap
sdb3 468 GB /home
Now it's just a matter of getting some drivers installed.