Re: A question on installing - FC5 32bit and M$Win2000

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On Mon, 24 Apr 2006, Stephen Liu wrote:

Hi Matthew,

Tks for your advice.

1) installing Win2000 first OR FC5_32 first

Installing Win2K first is recommended, although the other way around
also possible.
Noted with tks.

Note that Win's boot disk and /boot must be primary
Pls explain in detial.  Tks.

I'll use FC5_32 rescue mode to partition the HD first

Briefly, a disk can have up to four "primary" partitions. One of these may be "extended" and can contain several "logical" partitions. The bootloaders (at least Windows) require that the OS disks be primary partitions. So make your /boot partition and your C: drive primary. I would make the rest of the disk an extended partition and leave it unallocated.

When you run the installer, IIRC, you'll get a chance to delete all inux partitions and use them to install FC5. You can select that, then select the option to customize your partitions. Make sure your /boot is used for /boot. The installer should make the rest of the disk an LVM volume. You can accept the default layout (swap and one big / partition) or you can split the / into subpartitions (e.g. a separate /home for your personal files so you can reinstall without wiping them out).

When you get to the bootloader options, select customize and install the bootloader in the boot reecord of your /boot partition.

2) would their installation affect each another, i.e. the latter
install OS will influence the first OS already installed.

The only thing you really need to worry about is the MBR.  What I do
dual-boot machines is install the Linux boot loader in the boot
record of
the /boot partition.  After the install and before first boot, I use
rescue disk to run fdisk and make /boot the active partition.  That
the disk's MBR is always under Windows's control, and the two OS's
have to fight about it.

I'll tab /boot partition with "*" making it active.  Tks.


		Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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