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    Default Dual Booting

    Hey guys.

    I have got a copy of Fedora Core 5 and want to make a dual boot with XP pro...

    There is 21GB or so of unallocated space that I will use for Linux, how do I go about making the dual boot?

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    try a program called bootUS you use it AFTER installing the other o/s......ti's good for installing win9x after you already have xp on teh sysetm...
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    Ok, I have DLed it and now what?

    Do I instal FC5 the same as Windows? put the disc in and I am away?
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    errrrrrr.....dunno i'm a linux dummy but I'm guessing it'll give you the option to install to whatever partition.......just choose the one that windows isn't on.......then after it's installed run bootUS
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    You don't need any boot manager other than the one supplied with Fedora called GRUB. You will get to a screen to configure this - it should autodetect that Windows is installed and put in the appropriate settings. For details on how to set up the boot loader see: http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/fedora...ootloader.html

    It is a good idea to read the entire installation documentation before you start if you have never done this before - see:

    http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/fedora...-guide-en/fc5/

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    Quote Originally Posted by drcspy
    try a program called bootUS you use it AFTER installing the other o/s......ti's good for installing win9x after you already have xp on teh sysetm...
    Further to my above comment I really don't recommend that you install bootUS - there is probably nothing wrong with this boot manager but you will still need GRUB installed. So you will end up chain loading from bootUS to GRUB when GRUB will do the job really well by itself. All you are doing is making the whole thing much more complex than you need to!

    You will still need to "chain load" from GRUB to the Windows XP boot loader (NTLDR) but GRUB handles this automatically.
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    ... and make sure you back up needed Windows files.

    Grub itself is quite reliable, just some people installing make mistakes their first time and end up losing Windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazz
    ... and make sure you back up needed Windows files.

    Grub itself is quite reliable, just some people installing make mistakes their first time and end up losing Windows.
    Only ever happened to me with very early versions of GRUB - and it was always recoverable without reinstalling Windows - usually be deleting the Linux partitions and starting the Linux install again.
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    I have been reading the documentation and it says FC uses 3 partitions... I have 21.06GB of unallocated space I was going to use, will this be enough for it? with them being a reasonable size to use?

    Ok, I haven't and won't install Boot-US.

    I keep nothing of REAL importance on my 'Windows' partition, and I was going to setup a small backup to my 'Storage' partition anyway (LOL, will only be game saves and that, nothing important )
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_End_Of_Reality
    I have been reading the documentation and it says FC uses 3 partitions... I have 21.06GB of unallocated space I was going to use, will this be enough for it? with them being a reasonable size to use?
    Plenty of space - you can either let Fedora pick the number and size of the partitions or choose yourself with the custom option - I prefer the latter. WIth 21G of space a simple configuration would be:

    Swap = twice the amount of physical RAM you have.
    / (i.e. the root partition) = 6Gbytes (say)
    /home = the rest.

    Having a separate home partition allows you to format and reinstall for an upgrade without loosing your data.
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