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Mandrake Linux 8.1

I would like to install Mandrake Linux 8.1. I have attempted to install this version a few times before
but with no luck. When I installed Mandrake it installed until I got to the screen where I chose Use
Windows freespace. So I chose use Windows freespace but Mandrake did not install it deleted Windows
98SE. I want to partition the drive to have both Windows 98SE and Mandrake 8.1 on the same drive. How
do I use Win freespace without Win deleting? How do I partition the drive? Do I partition before getting
to the use Win freespace screen. Please address each question individually and step-by-step if possible
because I am a newbie. Thank you. David
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You can use partition resizer such as Partition Magic (http://www.powerquest.com/ - commercial), or there is a freeware that  you can use, Zeleps partition resizer (http://www.zeleps.com/), to resize (shrink) you Win98SE, and leave some space for Mandrake.  If you prefer to start from scratch, you can use Ranish Partition Manager (http://www.users.intercom.com/~ranish/part/) to prepare your HD prior to OS installation.  It comes with a Boot manager that you could use to multi-boot your system.

Traditionally there is a 1024-cylinder limitation, such that most OS must has it's boot partition lies within the 1st 1024-cylinder.  I thinkg with Mandrake 8.1, is should not be a problem.

Once you had you free-space ready.  Proceed with your Mandrake.  I hadn't much experience with Mandrake, but with RH7.2, booting from the 1st CD, should get your started.  Proceed with installation, and towards the end, make sure you install the boot manager, or prepare a boot disk.  Otherwise, you might end-up with booting problem.

Should you decide to install the boot manager, (again RH7.2), you can either have Grub, or LILO.  Pick either one, and install on the MasterBoot Record of the Primary Partition.  And make sure you include your first OS - Win98SE in the boot manager menu.  If you missed this one, it can be done later, but that will be another 100pts (just kidding).

Hint: DUring the resizing of partition, it is HIGHLY advisable you boot your system from a bootable disk, and run the partition magic, or zeleps from floppy, and NOT from HD (win98).  You might risk losing you Win98SE (At least it happened to me!).

good luck.
It would be interested to know, which solution did you pick, and maybe I could share some tips with you.

webdzinerAuthor Commented:
samri, thank you for you help.  Right now I am leaning toward using Lin4win using LinuxMandrake v. 8.1
webdzinerAuthor Commented:
I would like to install Mandrake Linux v.8.1 using Lin4win. I have tried installing Lin4win using Mandrake and when it came to the setup of programs in Mandrake there was a difference in the MB. For example, there was 507MB for the program but the right number, that is the amount of space was 350. It would look like this: 507/350 in the lower left of the screen.  Does this mean I have to physically install more memory for this computer?  Thank you.  
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