New to Linux and failed first time last night...lol. I have Vista on my laptop and I am doing a dual boot setup. I installed the Mint 7 Gnome CD (confirmed MD5sum) and it ran fine in Live mode. Then I went for an install (chose 'side by side' because manual scared me a bit). It installed and ran fine for a bit but then got some errors - could not access a few things and then a space message. From what I can gather, the side by side did not allocate enough space to the new partition - I think I forgot to shrink the Vista partition in advance, but thought it was ok as side by side let me move on with it. So, I rebuilt my drive from an image I had and I am ready for a second go.
-I have shrunk my Vista partition this time (about 30GB for Mint)
-I will do the manual install (though I think I should get the option for install on biggest available space this time, but read that others prefer manual over it) - some have stated to use GParted to set up the partitions before Mint install, but manual seems to do the same so I think I will go the manual Mint route.
-I will create:
-swap (4GB - my RAM x 2)
-/ (root) - 10 or 12 GB - still debating
-/home - 19 or 21 GB - still debating - this seems to be where I will store all my data from what I have gathered from other posts
<if anything seems wrong with this let me know - I am not sure about primary, logical, extended stuff though>
GRUB questions - After my initial failed install and wiping the mint install, I could not boot into windows since it was looking for Grub I guess. I have read in one of these posts that Grub can be installed in the / root partition instead of the master boot area. Is this a good idea for me to do? After I install everything, I think I am going to follow the instructions at http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista ... htm?page=4
to use the Vista boot loader instead. But installing Grub in the Mint root will allow me to delete it later if need be or try other flavors or update Mint???
I think GRUB is my only remaining question - but let me know if anything sounds wrong. I have re-imaged my harddrive after shrinking the Vista partition so I can just start from there in case I fail again.
Thanks for any help,