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Installing Fedora Core 1(RH 7.3) on 2nd HDD

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Hi, I want to install Linux by Fedora Core on my second HDD. At the moment I have Win2000 OS on the 2nd HDD but  I want to replace it with Red Hat 7.3.

The first HDD(Master) has WinXP Professional OS on it.

My Question is, what is the easiest(if there is any) way of going about with this Linux installation on the 2nd HDD? After a successful installation I do want to have a dual boot between Linux and WinXP.


Thanks in advance!!
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by:owensleftfoot
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Just install fedora using disk druid to partition your second hard drive manually. Delete the existing partion, create a new large partition with mountpoint / and another smaller partition for a swap partition - it doesnt need a mountpoint - just select swap as filesystem type. When you get to the bootloader options, the installer will have spotted your XP installation but may not have given it a label - Redhat 9.0 didnt but maybe this is fixed in fedora. Give it a label otherwise it wont show up in the dualboot menu. Install the bootloader on the mbr of the first harddisk. Thats it :)
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by:ridak
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Thanks for the reply owensleftfoot,
I have a problem in booting from the CD. In the BIOS modified it to boot from the CD first, when it boots up it just gives a prompt at the bottom left hand corner that says " Boot from CD: " in less than a second it boots into Windows. I can seem to figure out what is the problem, I checked the files inside the CD and all of them are there.

Thanks in advance!!
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Try to boot with your windows cdrom in the cd drive. If it boots ok your linux cdrom may be corrupt - try another cdrom - if you downloaded iso images try downloading them again. If someone gave you the cds try to get cds from someone else. If you cant boot from your windows cdrom, your cdrom drive is probably toast - You'll ned to replace it.
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by:ridak
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Yeah the cdrom drive is probably done, it cannot boot any of my Windows cd's(WinXP, Win2000). It still access the contents of the CD's as normal is just that it cannot boot a CD, I'll probably use the CDROM of another computer in the house, take that cdrom and install it on this computer that I want linux on. I'll see how that goes.

Thanks once again ownsleftfoot.
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by:xyberviri
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Your system might need you to hit any key to kick off the boot from CD proccess, in my experience When you get the "Boot from CD:" prompt you have to hit any key to cause the pc to boot from there, not like when you have a boot diskett where it automatically boots as long as it is in the drive. With really fast systems you might fly past the post and it kicks off the normal boot method. Alternatively you can try restarting with the Cd in the drive. and tapping the space bar as soon as you see the mobo pass the mem/cpu/hdd post.

I know it sounds silly but if the cd rom was toasted it shouldn't have prompted you "Boot from CD:" or if it was you should have not been able to read any CD's in it, and in a rare case that it still is able to read the CD but its generating checksum errors, it still should have booted and installed, but with errors even still.
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