Most comprehensive advice I have received, that too from a Newbie on Mint
- just joking, I see from your signature that you are a highskill Linux guy. Will emulate you as I gain knowledge, experience & confidence.
The link you have given is also very useful.
My system is analogous in processor, 80 GB hdd, 1.5 Gb RAM. The wireless is WEna Dell 1390 based on Broadcom .
Will give it a try as XP in 30 GB, Mint in rest with 2GB for swap balnce ext3 as you suggest.
I will report back here ( to you a personal mail too, if you approve) my experience Hopefully all will be well
Thanks again, you guys are the noblest- God Bless
Yes, you should be okay for dual booting. NTFS and FAT (Windows partitions) usually takes up the entire HDD, FAT (/dev/sda2) is usually what holds vendor diagnostic tools IE Dell repair center or something similar in your case. NTFS (/dev/sda1) is what holds your windows partition. In true Microsoft fashion, NTFS takes up all the free room on the HDD, used or not. Therefore you will need to get hold of gparted or something similar and resize NTFS to whatever size you want (I left 30Gb) in the rest of the free space, create an ext3 linux partition ready for mint. This will be at /dev/sda3. If you do all this, then when you install you can tell the mint installer to install to /dev/sda3 (Ext3) which is your free space especially prepared for linux (mint in this case).
As for your hardware, http://toykeeper.net/reviews/dell-d420-ubuntu-linux/
gives a review of setting up Ubuntu 6.10 on a Dell D420. Usual rule of thumb is if it can work on Ubuntu it can work on Mint, bear in mind that 6.10 is an older version of Ubuntu, but that's a good thing in a way because it should improve your chances of getting Mint working. The only concern is that you mentioned a broadcom card whereas the guide in the link above mentions ipw3945. Do you have a link to where you brought your laptop or a list of specs?
PS also look at the link I posted and take into account the part about the screen resolution, just saying this so you don't get a low-res suprise when you try Mint. Also bear in mind that Mint is a LiveCD so you can test your hardware using that before you go through with any installs