Re: Newbie install help
On Sat, Feb 23, 2002 at 05:30:43PM +0000, Paul McKinley wrote:
| I am new to Debian Linux. I have a very slow internet access and its not
| flat rate. How would I go about downloading the bare minimum in order to
| get a Linux box to boot?
Buy a set of CDs from somewhere. They are very cheap and will more
than make up for the $$ cost of your connection and the time you will
spend waiting for it to download.
If I were you, I would buy Potato CDs since it is an official
distribution, and I would buy Woody CDs from somewhere since it has
| I have Windows 2000 (SP2) installed already, so ideally would like to
| dualboot. I have had some bad experiences with Linux installers
| overwriting the windows bootloader, how do I avoid this?
Some installers ask if you want to write the bootloader to the MBR and
some don't. IIRC RH 6.2 just overwrites it regardless. If LILO is
the bootloader installed, it stores a copy of the previous MBR so that
you can restore it.
In any case, I recommend installing grub on the MBR and using it to
chainload windows when you want. I tried to get LILO to chainload
win2k once, and it was a headache and didn't work. Grub was flawless
(even though I had never used it before).
Still, make backup boot floppies for both systems!
The grub config to chainload windows looks like (regardless of 95/98
or NT/2k) :
title M$ Windo~1
chainloader +1 # Chainload from the first sector
(assumes windows is on /dev/hda1)
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