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how safe is it for a Newbie to try install 10.2?

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I have read the excellent installation tutorial by SteveAmbrose, one of my main reasons to want to try Mandrake is this understandable and friendly forum (as I was going to use Mepis after trying their livecd, but the forums on mepis are for poeple who already know what to do)

 

And I jsut want some reassurance....

 

what I want to do is to install Mandrake on my new 20GB second hard drive

and to duel boot it with Windows 2000 on drive C:

 

I have backed up, but I really dont wanna have to install my windows programs, as there are a lot of them. Plus I dont like starting from scratch, you lose the soul of the computer that way, the familiar personality.

 

what I want to know is, will I have an easy ride if I jsut try to install the 3 Mandrake 10.2 cds?

do I have to do it like the tutorial and install Madnrake 9.1 first?

 

the most important thing is... will I still be able to boot windows after putting Mandrake in?

are there problems with duel booting with windows 2000 that I need to know about?

 

 

will I have to wipe the hard disk (C:)? what are the chances of that?

 

 

 

thank you

 

-Eric

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Hi ickith

 

Welcome to the MUB. I think an excellent start for you would be to check out aRTee's web site mandraketips4free - it will explain so much for you, as well as guiding you through the install process. Its a great resource - one of the best.

 

I wouldn't go for 10.2 - this is beta version and will be buggy. Try 10.0 or 10.1 instead.

 

You'll be able to dual boot no problem, the Mandrake install will take care of all the partitioning. Just remember that you'll need to first back all your important data up, and before installing you'll need to defrag your drive.

 

I have a dual boot alongside XP on my work computa - what you'll find is that when you boot up, you'll be given a menu screen to select your preffered OS - if after about 8 seconds you don't make a selection, it defaults to Mandrake.

 

Good luck.

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I agree. Being your first time, I wouldn't go with a beta.

 

As for the other questions? There's no guarantee's. If bad stuff didn't happen we wouldn't be here. That's what backups are for.

 

What are your specs?

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I agree. Being your first time, I wouldn't go with a beta.

 

 

What are your specs?

 

thanks guys! did not know it was a beta

 

 

bvc, my specs are...

 

2400mhz Amd Althlon (or maybe XP not sure) processor

1GB SDRAM

128mb Ati Raedon 9700 pro graphics card

Windows 2000 pro with latest updates

60GB Maxtor C: drive

and 20Gb Maxtor D: drive

Motherboard V333DA motherboard

also a dvd writer and a cd writer

 

t^hats all I can think of, the mouse and keyboard worked with Mepis so Im not worried about them

 

 

 

Ill do a more thorough backup and brave 10.1!

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Hi ickith

 

Welcome to the MUB.  I think an excellent start for you would be to check out aRTee's web site  mandraketips4free - it will explain so much for you, as well as guiding you through the install process.  Its a great resource - one of the best.

 

 

Good luck.

 

thank you for the link: )

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Your specs sound quite similar to mine. (Yours are a little better, My system is older, & I am on a tight budget ;) ) I have had absolutely no problem dual-booting with Win2K and Mdk10.0 -> 10.1. For that matter, I never had any problem dual-booting WIndows and Mdk 9.2, 9.1, 9.0, 8.2, ... etc. ;)

 

:D

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woooo!

well installing madrake was, err invigorating

 

was lil mix up over bootloader

didnt know how to boot from floppy

only 1 floppy

which was a boot disk to repair windows

which didnt work as a boot disk and also wasnt formatted so couldnt put linux boot on it, said would damage file structure

 

when I installed lilo as bootloader and didnt have option for windows boot

 

I didnt panic

but found the option in comppuer management I think where I could play with the bootloaders

I clicked next on the lilo bootloader on hda

and removed the boot option with the star next to it

then I started the bootloader management thing again

and selected Grub instead of lilo

and it had option to add windows

and then I added linux

 

thanks for the reassurance

and it was all set

I jsut selected the default drives when prompted

and now I can duel boot OMG!!!!!!

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