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- Join Date
- Jun 2007
Linux on Toshiba satellite laptop
As a dual boot or by vmware?
- Join Date
- Apr 2007
- Mesa, AZ, aka 20cm from the Sun!
I installed PCLinuxOS on my Satellite about 3 weeks ago. I had a hell of a time getting the installer for either PCLOS or Ubuntu Feisty to run; there is a separate partition on there from the factory that has a Toshiba quick launch media player app that for some reason didn't play nice with the partition editor for both distros. The solution was to download a program called GParted (GParted -- Welcome). It runs off a live CD and gives you complete control over how your partitions are set up; it allowed me to shrink my NTFS Windoze 160GB partition to 55 GB to make room for a 55GB ext3 partition for PCLOS and a 44GB partition in Fat32 that I use to share the media files between the two OS's; both Linux and Windows can read-write to Fat, as opposed to NTFS which normally only allows Linux to read and ext3, which Windoze can't do anything with at all.
I then told PCLOS to install using the existing partitions after the resize and reformatting; it picked up the ext3 partition immediately and recognized it as sda3, which I is where I told the installer to install PCLOS.
also try getting feisty fawn (ubuntu 7.04) and u can shrink and create partitions in the installer.