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installation of suse 9.1 on tri-boot machine

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ok. i am brand new to linux. fresh off the boat. i downloaded suse 9.1 burnt to cd and tried to install while inside window xp pro (bad idea), had to reinstall windows. messed up mbr i think. i am currently running server 2003 and xp pro on first and second partitions of my 1st harddrive.  the rest of the space on the drive is empty.  i know i have to use a different file system for linux like ext3 or (forgot what other one was called).  i really need a step by step explaination of how to install, what install options i should use, etc.  I am not installing it for any specific reason, just to learn linux.  I think i used lilo as the boot loader(probably the source of my problems).  also i am set on using suse, not another version. thanks for the help in advance.
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also, i have 2 hard drives -- could use other for linux if need be.  I also have an asus motherboard -- heard there were problems with windows/linux install.  I read another discussion about dual suse 9.1/windows install and i sort of followed it but i would like a solution the will work the first time without have to repair windows.
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Run the install cd and follow the wizard. Make sure before you start you have all the hardware information handy. I usually just print the device manager from within windows. The installer will partition the free space for Linux. Your second hard drive will be called hdb and the primary hard drive will be hda.  The boot loader Grub will take care of the MBR and you will have a menu with 10seconds to choose when you power on your pc. The main issues I have encountered when installing Linux is the video card and monitor and dial up modems.  Just make sure you know what they are before you start.  The swap partition should be double what your RAM is. Put your swap on the second hard disk to increase speed.  If you have at least 6GB on the primary disk and an extra disk then setup / on the hda and swap and /home on the second disk (hdb).

Check out this link for further info:  http://ldp.linuxhelp.ca/LDP/intro-linux/html/index.html

Good luck :)
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