Installing Linux for the first time (& dual boot)

By svtcobra ยท 340 replies
Feb 20, 2002
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,033   +2,558

    I just built a computer. Intel DG965WHMK (media board)Cedar mill Celeron(356 3.33GHz) (2WD 250 caviar Sata II HDDs)(2 Pioneer DVD burners)(2GB kingston 667MHz RAM) I installed XP MCE2005 on a 40 GB partition on Drive 0. The drives are configured as IDE, No RAID just volume storage. The BIOS boot order is (allegedly) set to; DVD 1, DVD 2, Floppy, then HDD. I have several Linux Distro sets, all of which have been hashed and verified after burning. Most of them simply hang after I hit <enter> to install in GUI. Ubuntu is unsuccessful at booting a live session on the machine. SUSE 10.0 tells me something like "Cool computer dude, did you want to install a 32 bit OS on a 64 bit machine?" I tell it yes, press <enter>, then it hangs. Now,what I really wanted to install is Fedora Core 6. I downloaded the x86_64 version 'n everthin'. When I try to install that it tells me I can't boot from the CD drive, then asks for a scsi driver or raid driver (Loooong list). I tried unplugging the second HDD so as not to confuse the issue, didn't help. The Intel Mobo only has 1 IDE channel (connector) which is being used for the 2 DVD drives. The HDDs are hooked to SATA 0 & SATA 1. I feel like I'm missing some subtlety. Please, show me the error of my ways.
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Do you have a setting called "Plug and Play OS" in your BIOS?

    If so, set it to NO.

    Plug optical drives into regular IDE controllers not additional controllers like RAID.
  3. computerguy

    computerguy TS Rookie

    Xandros and Vista dual boot

    I installed Xandros 4 Home Premium on a Toshiba Satellite A135-S2276, I set it as dual boot with Vista. Vista works fine, but when I boot Xandros it gets as far as Detecting Hardware and feezes up. I have these same Operating Systems on another computer and it works fine. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
  4. chrissanders#1

    chrissanders#1 TS Rookie

    hey, i need some help installing linux on my 1998 toshiba 2060cds. i dont know why but when i boot with the ubuntu 7.0 cd,
    it loads fora very long time and then just goes to this white screen with a curser and just stays there forever and i cant seem to figure out why. can somone please help me :D ?
  5. doradeno2003

    doradeno2003 TS Rookie

    May I ask on thius dual boot?

    what is the gain on this duo?
    is this duo for gamers or is to improve pc performance?
    I have XP Profesional instaled on my laptop and also have a copy of Linux simplymepis version 3.4 is this version good?
    where can I download a Linux version that is good for this dual boot?

  6. jisumiah

    jisumiah TS Rookie

    can any1 help me hw to go ant installing linux on my computer????????
    which version and how to install in and software i need????
  7. albasith786

    albasith786 TS Rookie

    i want to install redhat, when i press ENTER to start the installation, boot screen is came and the last cmd is BUS IS 0. what can i do. and what is the problem
  8. kevmo1

    kevmo1 TS Rookie

    gr8 post, im looking to dual boot my rig, thanks !!!!!
  9. you use a 286

    you use a 286 TS Rookie Posts: 63

    Mandrake may be what you want, but if it doesn't work, I would suggest using Ubuntu 8.10 instead. I have personally used it, and it is a very good operating system.
  10. LsChar

    LsChar TS Rookie

    Simple advice for first time linux users

    I like to use a virtual machine program when trying a new os. I use vmware or something of that nature first to decide if i like the distro. It allows me to run a "virtually" endless number of os' at the same time on my favorite os. If i use my main computer, it runs on a small bare bones version of linux so that i may control all of the hardware/processor usage at once. once i install that on a blank pc, i install my virtual machine and run my new operating systems on that. Whenever i find a new linux or another alternative i try it first in a safe environment so that i can track what processor and memory needs the gui may need access too. From there it allows me to tweak the distro for whatever computer i will be running.

    The virtual machines allow you to "snapshot" a state to start from at anytime so that you can make adjustments and always fall back to a controlled state so that nothing is ever damaged
  11. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    This is a great point you make and absolutely what I do now-a-days instead of dual booting.
  12. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Booster Posts: 149   +39

    If you're a Windows user and you're looking to try out Linux, the easiest way is to go is Ubuntu since they have a Windows installer called Wubi. If you're interested, you can get it here:
  13. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    To svtcobra for your PII 400 try Puppy Linux 4.3.
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    This thread is pretty old, things have significantly changed in the Linux installation world since this thread was created. It should probably be unstickied, it would be if someone would write a modern replacement to this.
  15. gonadpyle

    gonadpyle TS Rookie

    other alternate desktop

    Hi a Phantasm66..
    just read your instructions on the installing ximian
    and notice that the post is closed and no way to reply back to you
    about any issues or snags.
    Could you tell me where i can download the software from
    and what all packages I need to download to get a working
    distro of ximian desktop thank yee ...............Davd
  16. gonadpyle

    gonadpyle TS Rookie

    why 7.2

    Ok Phantasm66 ... I wanted to know a little bit more about why you chose redhat 7.2 as for this job? I mean what makes you pic this version, is it something about this particular version that you like? like the layout or Can you describe your reasons why people choose particular OS's and versions. Is it something to do with the saying that " " (left intentionally blank) " are loyal to their paths?" (tell you later in a private message what that is blanked out) Anyway just wondering what your take is on why you chose that particular version. Thnks

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