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Dual installation solved

Postby mickel on Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:24 pm

My desktop is getting old and I want to get a new one, probably a P-4 with a gig of ram and 250G hard drive.
I use Mint Cassandra 3.0 now and it's the only thing I have installed. I want to continue to use it 90% of the time , but there are a couple of things that I need Winders for and I would like to ask the experts, what is the simplest and best way to install Mint on the new machine while leaving Vista intact . I say simplest because I have not been able to dual install two Linux distros in the past and get the boot logger to offer me a choice at startup. Do I need to use partition magic or will Parted Magic 1.8 work when only Vista is on the new machine ? or do I need any outside partitioner at all.
As usual any help is appreciated.
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Postby linuxviolin on Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:33 pm

Personally on a PC with Windows XP I used Partition Magic to recut the Windows partition. Then you install Mint in the empty space, without touching at the Windows partition. With Partition Magic you can also prepare your partitions. (/, /home, swap...)

For the partitioning you can see at http://www.linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=358

But really you are sure to want to keep the Windows "thing"? :twisted:
K.I.S.S. ===> "Keep It Simple, Stupid"
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Postby KernelJ on Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:50 pm

But really you are sure to want to keep the Windows "thing"?


Respectfully he did say he'd prefer to have it available or that he needs it. That's fair enough I say!

I was going to suggest this solution using boot.ini

http://linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=33948#33948

but Vista doesn't use a text file for booting any more (Grrrr....).. So I'm not sure what the handiest option might be.

Editing /boot/grub/menu.lst as root user in Linux would probably be the easiest option.

Adding something like this should do:

Code: Select all
timeout 30

[Linux entry...]

title Windows Vista
root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
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Postby OU812 on Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:00 pm

I have done dual-boots with win2000 and winxp. In both cases, I have installed linux on a second hard drive; however, I just bought a laptop with vista. Like you, it seems I need win occasionally. But this time I want to have vista and linux on the one drive (only 80 gigs, but plenty to house both os's and a few files). When I do finally install linux, I am going to use this guide:

http://apcmag.com/5046/how_to_dual_boot ... lled_first

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Postby linuxviolin on Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:42 pm

KernelJ wrote:Respectfully he did say he'd prefer to have it available or that he needs it. That's fair enough I say!

Thank you I had understood well, my sentence was a joke… :wink:
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Postby Husse on Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:40 am

What ever you do - never install windows after linux - the mbr is completely over written
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