On Sun, 13 Mar 2005 23:31:24 -0600, Richard <ratcheson(a)earthlink.net> wrote:
On Sunday 13 March 2005 09:52 pm, Paul W. Abrahams
I've just ordered a Dell notebook computer,
an Inspiron 1000 (looks like
a bargain at $579 after all the rebates, with free shipping). Of course
it comes with WinXP, and of course I want to set it up for dual boot
with Linux (SuSE 9.1 for now, probably).
I have several dual-boot machines, but none of them started out with a
standalone Win system on them. I remember that the installation DVD has
a procedure for this particular case, though. My question is: are there
any gotchas I need to know about? I don't want to find out that I've
hosed Win in the process of setting up Linux, and then be unable to do
anything about it. As an example: is YaST able to cope with the
filesystem that typically comes with a new Win system and shorten the
partition without corrupting it?
I put it on a dell 1150. I defragged the xp partition several times before
shrinking and installing 9.1. My only real problem was with the video
sharing memory. The bios had not been updated and until it was, I had some
real nasty looking video.
Recently I added 512 mb of ram and a fast harddrive. Made a new machine
for me. Snappy as can be now.
The installation of 9.1 was pretty easy, after updateing the bios. It is
now running 9.2 and still quick.Follow the other's advice about
partitioning and you should have no problem. One little hitch was the
touchpad. I lost the tap to click until I installed the synaptics driver.
One other suggestion. I have been having problems on this and other
machines with reiserfs getting corrupted, especially with improper
shutdowns. I have switched to using jfs and so far no problems. Others
on this list have reported similar problems.
Old age ain't for Sissies!
I too recently installed SuSE 9.2 on an 1150. Defragged the windows
install and used knoppix to shrink the partition down. It went on
flawlessly, didn't even have much hassle setting up the internal wifi
card. I've also not had any problems with the default reiser fs,
though occassionally when I go to suspend-to-disk it hangs at one of
the processes... I can't get suspend to memory to work, and closing
the lid does nothing, but otherwise it's a nice setup.