[lug] laptop partioning, boot loaders
stimits at comcast.net
Sat Jun 10 12:09:01 MDT 2006
I'm about to attempt converting a laptop to dual boot xp and linux (not
decided on the flavor yet). It boots great under several live cd's,
including the ubuntu from the meeting, knoppix, kororaa, and FC5 rescue
or installer. Eventually, I'd like to have xp run under vmware to do web
development testing from (if not for this I'd probably just erase
windows, but it has to be available with networking). Vmware is for
later, I can just dual boot for now.
But...this is a dell, and it has some sort of VFAT support partition as
the first partition. I think this would be a "good thing" to keep as is.
The laptop has an option from in windows to do a certain amount of
restore, which is probably based on what is in this partition. I don't
know if the partition itself is being pointed at by the boot loader or
not...or whether the windows programs simply access it during dell
utility operations. Can anyone tell me if changing the boot loader will
alter whether this partition does what it should? And if I do alter the
windows partition itself, does anyone know if the dell restore utilities
(which I have not actually used) will muck with partitions and break any
custom schemes with linux?
Are there any opinions if in the long run I can boot with grub and get
rid of the windows boot loader? I've heard this can cause antivirus
software to complain. I also don't know if it would break any windows
rescue options. If I do you grub, I'd have to completely move windows,
because the first partition is the VFAT dell partition, and the second
NTFS partition would extend beyond the 1024th cylinder. Thus any /boot
would have to go between the VFAT dell support partition, and the XP
NTFS partition...which can't be done with a simple resize (advice welcome).
FYI, the ability of the ubuntu live cd and knoppix to run properly
without any problems or warnings (but I did not test networking) was
impressive. It's looking like a number of distros are doing quite well
with new hardware compatibility these days.
D. Stimits, stimits AT comcast DOT net
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