Re: dual boot on a Dell Latitude C810?
Klaas Gadeyne <Klaas.Gadeyne@mech.kuleuven.ac.be> writes:
> I just received a new Latitude C810. On my old laptop (a toshiba) I
> had only linux installed. I'm wondering if I can erase Win2000 (not
> for the refund, but it's the principle that counts :-)) of the
> Latitude without having any problems. I have in mind two problems
> that could arise
> - Trouble for performing BIOS upgrades (anyone can tell me what BIOS
> these machines have anyway?)
I believe they have a custom Dell BIOS, which is shared between the
Inspiron and Latitude lines. Recent 2.4.x kernels include a driver to
access the fan and temperature state in the BIOS; the i8kutils package
in unstable might be useful to you.
> - Trouble for creating the hibernation partition. I found already on the
> web there was an win executable to create the partition, but those are
> somewhat hard to run under linux... If the latitude has a phoenix bios
> however, I would use lphdisk to create the partition
My laptop came with the hibernation partition pre-built; I used
Partition Magic to shrink the existing Win2K partition, but if you're
completely eliminating Windows it should be easy enough to keep the
pre-existing partition with fdisk.
> So, would it be wise to just insert my debian bootdisk and fly?
My guess is that you'll have good luck doing that. :-)
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"Assassins' Guild"; to my knowledge, there is no Assassination Club at
MIT, and I've never killed anyone in a Guild game (well, excepting
games whose stated purpose is to kill the maximum number of people in
the minimum amount of time; and I guess I did banish a fair number of
demons in a game five years ago, but divine combat doesn't *really*
count, right? :-). http://www.mit.edu/~assassin/
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