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    gonna install CentOS

    im downloading the centos dvd iso right now
    gonna install it on a seperate partition.
    any tips or tricks that a still "newb" to linux should know?

    im installing it on the rig in my sig
    the 300Gb hdd is partitioned in 1/2 so space isnt an issue.

    TIA for any advice i can get
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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    One thing all off the top, leave the second half of the drive unpartitioned. Let CentOS take care of it it's self. If you try to set things up using Windows (Windows actually have no ability to do this properly), or something like Partition Magic, you'll probably run into problems.

    I noticed that you're running an X2. I would recommend you make sure you get the latest version of CentOS. I think it'll be CentOS 4.4. Also, I'd choose the i386 version rather then the 64 bit version. 64 bit offers very few improvements over the 32 bit version. In fact, the 64 bit version will have many more problems then the 32 bit version. Especially seeing as you are new to Linux. You will want to make things as easy as possible for your self.

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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    thanks spankin thats the version i downloaded.
    you pretty much confirmed the 2 major things i was wonderin about.
    ive installed linux before but this is my first time doing a dual boot system
    so i just wanted to make sure i am doing it properly
    im not much of a command line guy yet but i guess the more
    i use linux the more ill learn about that
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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    Quote Originally Posted by onry View Post
    im not much of a command line guy yet but i guess the more i use linux the more ill learn about that
    Don't worry about the command line stuff onry, you will get used to it after a while. The more you use it the easier it gets. Just be patient with it. After a while you will be amazed by how much you actually know.

    Hope you like using CentOS, I haven't got round to trying it out yet.

    Oh and if your dual booting, its always a good idea to have Windows installed first before you install *nix.

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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    Yes, the key to dual booting is to:

    1. Install Windows first.
    2. Leave enough unpartitioned free space for Linux

    Then just let the Linux installer set up it's own paritions and go with the installer defaults.

    I would recommend simply installing everything to start with as you have plenty of disk space (unless you know what you're doing and are sure you know what you don't want/need). This saves running into problems down the line from having "missing" packages that are needed for something else (commonly known as dependency hell!).

    Anyway, don't expect to get it 100% right first time round, but we can help you as you go. The best way to learn is to have a go, mess it up and then put it right

    One step at a time though

    Good luck and fire away when you get stuck - we'll all chip in and put you back on the right track

    Ned

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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    thanks a lot ned
    im posting from my new centos right now
    amazing how fast it went
    hopefully i got it all right to dual boot i guess we will see when im done updating
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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    well i musta buggered somethin up
    cause it wont give me the option to boot into windows LOL
    guess ill have to see if i can fix that or if its easier just to reinstall
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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    Do you see any options at the boot screen (it's called GRUB). It's normally only there for a couple of seconds unless you press a key.

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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    Well thought i'd go ahead and download CentOS today just when i posted earlier. I'm downloading the liveCD atm, Does it have the option to install aswell?

    Are your sure you didn't install it over your Windows partition instead of in the empty one? Just a thought. Thats only if your created an empty partition like Spankin Partier said.
    Last edited by urbeg; 11-01-2006 at 11:05 AM.

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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    yeah spankin i did see the grub for a couple of seconds
    ill try again after i get home from my job interview
    onry

    rebooted hit enter and got the boot options

    good deal i thought i really boogered somethin up

    now all i gotta do is figure out how to get into all my hard drives without losing all the data LOL
    Last edited by onry; 11-01-2006 at 11:07 AM. Reason: one problem solved
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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    Quote Originally Posted by richardshiels View Post
    Well thought i'd go ahead and download CentOS today just when i posted earlier. I'm downloading the liveCD atm, Does it have the option to install aswell?
    No, no installer on the LiveCD. You either want the 4CD set or the DVD.

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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    Quote Originally Posted by onry View Post
    yeah spankin i did see the grub for a couple of seconds
    ill try again after i get home from my job interview
    onry
    It will say something like...

    Booting Kernel 2.6.9... in 3... 2... 1... seconds

    If you hit a key before it counts down, you should be listed with options as to what you want to boot.

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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    ned yup i can boot into winbloze

    now all i gotta do is figure out how to access my other 4 HDD's w/o losing all my data :0
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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    Quote Originally Posted by onry View Post
    ned yup i can boot into winbloze

    now all i gotta do is figure out how to access my other 4 HDD's w/o losing all my data :0
    onry
    Nice job

    You want to access these Windows disks/partitions from linux?

    NTFS isn't supported in CentOS by default, but I think there's a .plus kernel version that will allow read-only access. If you have RAID, then I'm really not sure.

    Normally the easiest way to share data on a dual boot setup is to create a dedicated FAT32 partition for this purpose, as both Windows and Linux can natively read/write FAT32. You can create it from within Windows in any spare disk space you have, and then we can show you how to mount it in Linux. This would be the route I'd recommend

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    Re: gonna install CentOS

    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Slider View Post
    Nice job

    You want to access these Windows disks/partitions from linux?

    NTFS isn't supported in CentOS by default, but I think there's a .plus kernel version that will allow read-only access. If you have RAID, then I'm really not sure.

    Normally the easiest way to share data on a dual boot setup is to create a dedicated FAT32 partition for this purpose, as both Windows and Linux can natively read/write FAT32. You can create it from within Windows in any spare disk space you have, and then we can show you how to mount it in Linux. This would be the route I'd recommend
    hmmmm this is gonna be harder than i thought because i want to be able to access the media files on my other HDD's.
    sounds like i may have to do alot of moving of files and format them as fat32
    then move them back.
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