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Thread: how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

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    how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

    Hi, very new and novice linux user. i have a 120gb hard drive with windows xp (fat32) running on it. Interested in installing linux on one of the partition. I've research a little bit and decided to download mandrake 10.1 dvd version since it was the most user friendly. need help in setting it up. thanks

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    Re: how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

    It is impossible for a full blown Linux installation and Windows to co-exist on one partition. You can install both on one hard disk, but different partitions.
    To err is human, to moo bovine.

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    Re: how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

    yes, i'm sorry if i'm not so clear. i have a separate partition for the linux os

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    Re: how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

    yes, you can do so but linux must be on a separate partition different from NTFS. and once you are almost done installing it, try not messing up with the MBR. i suggest you follow with BeoR's instructions on how.

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    Re: how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

    problems again, during installing i got an invalid hdlist description error. searched in google and i need to redownload back the iso file. looks like my downloaded iso is corrupted.

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    Re: how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

    Where did you get the error? At what stage of the installation?
    To err is human, to moo bovine.

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    Re: how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

    during the partitioning stage. I even tried auto partition but still got the same thing. what is a superblock by the way?

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    Re: how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

    finish downloading the file again. another problem. looks like i need to burn it again. tried to install it but errors came installing kde. i can't read some files. currently running gnome.

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    Re: how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

    So your first error was a disc error? ... and apparently also your second error.

    Are you downloading from official mirrors?
    To err is human, to moo bovine.

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    Re: how to dual boot windows xp and linux on a single hard drive

    the first downlaod had checksum error and the dvd was of low quality on the second download. all is good now.

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