RE: How do I dual boot a Dell Inspiron 8100?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andreas Pommer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> 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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