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post #1 of 11
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I'm looking to dual boot with linux and windows.

I've tried it before but didn't get very far as my linux didn't work very well.

I'd like the windows boot loader, as XP will be my main choice of OS.

I also need a linux distro, preferably something x64 and it must support my ATi X800GTO2.

Adding a second HDD is possiable as I have one spare.

So I need you to:

Recomend me a Linux distro, and help me keep the windows boot loader.
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You do know you can change which is the default choice, dont you?

And besides, the XP loader doesnt support linux by default.
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Originally Posted by The_Jester
You do know you can change which is the default choice, dont you?

And besides, the XP loader doesnt support linux by default.
I'd like to know how to do that, I'll be installing Linux again if you told me that.
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post #4 of 11
Two ways. By the installation. You simply ask it to configure advanced grub options. OR change the grub settings. Both are around the same difficulty level. Tell me which you want to do and I'll post an in detail guide.
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post #5 of 11
Well you really don't want to mess with 64bit b/c support is still lacking and it'll only give you more headaches. Try something like Ubuntu or SuSe, or Fedora core 5.
When you install choose the GRUB boot loader when you get to that point and make sure it has the option to select windows too.
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by The_Jester
You do know you can change which is the default choice, dont you?

And besides, the XP loader doesnt support linux by default.
I am aware of this.

However I'm sure I've seen a way to add linux to the windows loader.



As for Distro, I've tried SuSe and didn't like it much. I've also tried Ubuntu but was unable to install it no monitor/gpu support I'm unsure which.

I don't mind learning linux as I'm sure I'll need to some time, I'd just like to atleast get a distro running with sound/video/network.
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post #7 of 11
Give VMware a try. It might be a slightly simpler way of running Linux on your existing machine. It allows you to run multiple Virtual machines within your current OS. IE, you can run, say, 2 linux distros on your desktop ! Its not a dual boot solution, but its ideal for experimenting with linux and emulating multiple machines accross a network. Youll get slightly degraded performance obviosly, but its not too big a deal coz many linux distros dont need alot of resources as they stand. Might not be for you, but give a go if it sounds useful!
    
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post #8 of 11
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I was thinking of that, but I'm not sure how it would work.

Could I still install programs and work on it as if it was installed normaly?
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post #9 of 11
I'd give Fedora Core a try. As far as the NIC goes, linux distros tend to be big on network. Most likely your exact NIC driver won't be there, but a replacment that will get the same job done, will. Video drivers are easy as well. It's a matter of disabling the "X" GUI on boot, logging into root, and editing some files in bash. I know you can find tons of tutorials on the web. And for all I know, it's possible that someone has made a third party program that can do all of that through the GUI mode by having it triggered on a reboot. Booting... Almost all highly GUI based linux distros will detect windows on a drive or partition. It will put it in the boot list that linux makes, and you should be able to select. I know with Fedora Core will put Windows in the boot list. And I believe there's some way to change the OS boot priority in that list through editing some files within the linux install. I'll ask my friend who uses linux as his default OS, when he decides to sober up.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mebby
I was thinking of that, but I'm not sure how it would work.

Could I still install programs and work on it as if it was installed normaly?
Pretty much...you won't be able to get compiz/xgl or doom3 working right though, as it'd be running through a lot of lag...

As for functionality, it'd be the same. If Distro ABC doesn't get your hardware right, then VMWare will definitely get it working (it tells distro it has super generic hardware)...

VMWare Server is free, btw...
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