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another and hopefully the last dual booting question Answered

okay, i've found a site that tells step by step how to set up a dual boot system(?). Problem is i'm not a computer genius, but i'm not a total computer idiot. So my question is, is this site helping or trying to misguide me?

http://apcmag.com/5485/dualbooting_vista_and_xp
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DevlinTr
DevlinTr

12 years ago

One word. Linux. Download the Live CD and test it out before you install it.

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wingman246
wingman246

Reply 12 years ago

I have never used linux, but i've considered trying it though, its the one where you have to type everything out, right? Is there anything you can't do such as play mp3s or run emulators?

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 12 years ago

Naw, Linux isn't a command-line-interface-only OS. You have hundreds of different 'distributions' to choose from, most of which use 'X Windows' (and a window manager) for a slick GUI.

Yes, you can play mp3s, etc (although some distros don't include codecs that might be proprietary.) As DevlinTr, said, try a live CD first.

Dual boot, simplifed:

1) Create HD partitions (the link you includes explains how to shrink your Vista partition) --one partition for each OS, (You should include a 'scratch' partition for Linux) and possibly a FAT32 partition for data exchange between them...(I use external drives.)

2) Install the OS(s).

3) Install a boot loader (like GRUB or Lilo.) I don't know if Vista's boot loader will recognize Linux...(but I doubt it.)

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DevlinTr
DevlinTr

Reply 12 years ago

Oh, you dont need FAT32 anymore. The distrubution of Ubuntu supporst NTFS read and write.

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 12 years ago

Cool! I've used the 'captive' versions of NTFS in the past (but I don't currently 'dual-boot' so I don't need it.) Hopefully M$ won't make surreptitious changes to NTFS just to screw up Linux users....

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DevlinTr
DevlinTr

12 years ago

No, Vista does not come with a boot loader, fortunately Linux distributions come with GRUB 1.5 which is a WONDERFUL boo tloader. AND recognises ALL WINDOWS versions. :)

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zachninme
zachninme

12 years ago

Sounds good. Not sure though