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RE: How do I dual boot a Dell Inspiron 8100?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andreas Pommer [mailto:apommer@cosy.sbg.ac.at] 
> On Jun 04, Katharine McCoy wrote:
> > I am trying to find a way to partition my new Dell Inspiron 
> 8100 so that I can 
> > install Debian on one of the partitions and keep winXP on 
> the other partition 
> > (I'm a student, so I really do need both).  I don't have an 
> actual installation 
> > CD for XP, so I'm trying to do this without wiping XP.  
> > 
> > Is this possible?  If so, how would I go about doing this?  
> Thanks for any help 
> yes, it's possible. Use a partitioning tool which supports NTFS (like
> PartitionMagic) to reduce the size of the windows partition, 
> this works
> without loosing the data. Then there is space for linux.
> For the bootloader again you need a tool which supports both 
> worlds, one
> possibility is to do some boot.ini-magic, but grub should 
> work as well.
> (When I had the same problem, lilo could not handle ntfs, I 
> don't know if
> the situation improved since then)

Yep, it's improved.  I'm dual-booting XP and Debian with LILO right now
on my ThinkPad, in fact.  Also, with the 'lba32' line somewhere in your
lilo.conf, there's no 1024 cylinder restriction.


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