Installing Linux on my Windows Xp
First of all I would like to say that I'm a total newbie in Linux.
I would like to know if I can have two systems on one hard disk? I have 80 gb disk which is devided into three drives ( c: d: and e: ). On drive c: I have windows xp. I was wondering if I could install Mandriva Linux 2006 on one of the remaining drives ( d: or e: )? Would Linux make any problems to windows xp or would windows xp make any problems to Linux? Thanks for your help guys
one other thing, which is valid for FC 4
i don t know abt mandriva (but i suppose it is tied to the newer kernel versions somehow):
be careful abt what u do with grub ( the boot loader, which is typically part of the linux package). recent versions of grub have totally blown not only my partition table, but also drive parameter settings.this happened on a large ATA-133 drive on a separate ide controller card (on an otherwise old pc).
i had to install win xp abt 10 times (it woudl abort), me 4 times and fedora 4 times, because grub would destroy boot sector and drive data rather thoroughly. the workaround is to install grub NOT to the MBR under any curcumstances, but to the boot sector of the linux partition.
u can then copy that sector to the boot drive and partition and start it from the windows boot menu. for that u may need to make a plan, what filesystem type u want to have or can have and u should probably stick to FAT32 if u boot linux from the windows boot menu