Installing Linux for the first time (& dual boot)

By svtcobra ยท 340 replies
Feb 20, 2002
Post New Reply
  1. Tribal-Phoenix

    Tribal-Phoenix TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Hye can any of u guyz help me burn that friging linux on the bootable cd i already wasted 4 cd's still doesnt work ...
  2. thmandan22

    thmandan22 TS Rookie Posts: 59

  3. Tribal-Phoenix

    Tribal-Phoenix TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Thanks man ;)
  4. Tribal-Phoenix

    Tribal-Phoenix TS Rookie Posts: 92

    YAY Linux Fedora Corr 3 rocks, too bad they dont have 1024x786 resolution for it thou.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Erm yes they do..

    You can use arbitrary resolutions with X.
  6. thmandan22

    thmandan22 TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Thats only if they don't have your monitor supported or whatever. What you can do is select Default CRT or Default LCD and those resolutions should work. Had the same trouble and I was able to have 1280x1024 resolution using this.
  7. Tribal-Phoenix

    Tribal-Phoenix TS Rookie Posts: 92

    yep already got it, so Fedora is it absolutely same as Linux , becasue i have downloaded some archives and their format is somethign liek tar.gz so i cant open them it seems to be using some other kind of files
  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    open command prompt in directory file is in.

    tar -zxvf tarball.tar.gz

    (where tarball is filename)

    go inside. If its source code, then you will do the following:


    but refer to the README file inside, there might be some other kind of installer script.
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Yeah, he might have to select a better monitor type.
  10. spaceinvader

    spaceinvader TS Rookie

    0 to Full Debian in less than 20 minutes while surfung the net

    Just go to and download the .ISO for the latest burn it open konsole and type in sudo knoppix-installer answer the questions apropreatly and in less than 20 minutes you will have a fully functional Debian system. Don't forget to scandisk/f and defrag first if you wanbt to do an HD install. Then just boot from knoppix best of all if you dont want to chance blowing your system away just boot from knoppix and you have a full live CD anyway. Best of all don't forget Knoppix has been voted Microsoft repair tool of the year! :haha: and Bill will never live that down! XP cant fix itself but LInux can! :grinthumb
  11. Tribal-Phoenix

    Tribal-Phoenix TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Thanks for advice but i already did download knoppix and burned it on the cd, its a preety good tool i shal say , the thing i like is that if your win crashes u can at least copy your files from there by using knoppix, while in other linux versions you cant.
  12. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 761 still stomping around in this thread?

    Good to see it..Longest thread Ive ever created.
  13. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    ...yes, when will it ever end?
  14. kaymastah

    kaymastah TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Something for the daring ones...

    Greetings and salutations to All,

    Just noticed this rather lengthy thread :) and so I decided to throw a few words at it as well, as I have had some experience with multiboot systems (like the one I'm running now).

    Why did I title it "for the daring ones" - because I wanted to get You guys into Gentoo - what I think is a superb distro. The thing with Gentoo is that many beginners find it rather difficult to install.
    I believe it is a great experience and a real jump start into what Linux is and how it all works.

    So, after you, my fellow TSpotters install that pesky MS based creation, and leave some space on your hard drive, go to and get the latest and greatest.

    They have a great install howto (dont get scared by the length of it, as it is like that because they want to cover the ground for newbbies) at:

    A great wiki:

    and ever expanding forum:

    If you feel up for the challenge you will be blessed with:
    - a cutting edge system that performs at its top
    - a better understanding of GNU/Linux distro organization

    Possible side effect is what I refer to as Gentoo fever :) A hard to dismiss feeling euphoria of squeezing every clock cycle out of your systems CPU.

    and let's see now if we can get this thread furher...

    Good Luck to u all!
  15. murfielee

    murfielee TS Rookie

    Dual Boot XP and Linux (2 Separate Drives)

    This is question for Mr. Vader. I do not have the option of doing a fresh install. I have an image for XP and one for linux. I have both drives in one system. Currently, XP automatically boots up. How do I make them dual boot? I've tried to figure out the ID of linux drive, but I must be doing something wrong. They are connected together (with cable select) I believe. Thanks. I did like your document though. :grinthumb
  16. murfielee

    murfielee TS Rookie


    Is there anyone out there that can answer my previous post? :suspiciou
  17. Miiku

    Miiku TS Rookie

  18. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    We've covered the switch to multiboot and finding the device name (i.e. /dev/hda4 ,etc) of your installations earlier in this thread.
  19. TDawg

    TDawg TS Rookie Posts: 126

    ok I don't think I saw this question anywhere on this thread so I'm going to go ahead and ask it, I'm sorry if it's already been discussed but...I'm dual booting fedora core 4 and xp. I would rather use the xp boot loader rather than Grub. How do I go about doing that?
  20. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    It's explained on the first page of this very same thread in this post.
  21. houman

    houman TS Rookie

    I have downloaded Fedora core 5 DVD.iso but it is not boot able !! shall I do anything to make it bootable?
  22. ThePhantomPain

    ThePhantomPain TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Well check your BIOS to see if your DVD device is first in bootorder.
    Make sure you burned the ISO-file with an burningsuite that has support for burning ISO on DVD and make sure your device can even boot from DVD.
  23. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    The DVD ISO is absolutely bootable so follow the steps in the previous post. You need to burn the contents of the ISO file to a DVD, not the ISO file itself, i.e. once you are finished you wind up with a DVD that has this directory listing:

    Fedora, images, isolinux, repodata, stylesheet-images, (assorted other files)



    If all you have on your DVD is the one file, FC-5-i386-DVD.iso, then you did not burn the DVD correctly, you dragged the .iso file onto your layout, you did not burn the DVD from the iso, which gives you a DVD with the directories I listed above.

    Once you have this DVD go into your BIOS and ensure that you have selected the CD-ROM drive as the primary boot device.
  24. drawls31

    drawls31 TS Rookie Posts: 40

    wow,I'm trying to keep up.
  25. ismo_84

    ismo_84 TS Rookie

    it is the first time for me in the forum
    and i read about linux and i want to install on my hard .......... but i have some problems with installation
    when i run graphic mode my screen tell me out of frequency and screen turn off and i shouid make restart again then i follow instruction and i type this command and i do not know what it mean ( linux lowre) and i enter to installation and i complete it and when i restart my computer and when i enter to linux give me dos screen and give informations and on the right side give me ok then my screen turned off not my computer and again i should restart again till i gave up
    and the scond problem when i want to remove linux give me boot loader and i can not enter to my windows again as i set up windows on drive c
    then i should to set up windows again
    and can u tell me what type of linux should i install on my computer as i have knoppix and red hat core 1 and mandriva-one-2007-free-gnome and Ubuntu 6.06 .
    and these are my description to my computer ;
    hard 80 GB
    ram 256
    processor 2.4 intel celeron
    s3 pro savage ddr built in
    monitor LG 17
    ASUS mother board

Similar Topics

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...