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From: Computerpilot on 11/08/2002

I was trying to load Red Hat Linux on a dual boot system the other day with Windows XP. I was trying to install Linux on my primary drive and run Windows XP on my secondary drive. I know that it is a tricky process and BETTER to run with the Windows boot loader rather than LILO. However, during the installation, I destroyed the MBR of my Windows XP disk and had to reinstall Linux and Windows XP. Linux had over-written system files on my Windows XP install and I could not fix it.

In addition, I had a problem trying to get my ATI All in Wonder video card to show a picture in Linux even though the CD includes a driver for my video card. I Could only get to the command line and needed to know substantial Unix to get around.

Please note that I am a new user to Linux much like many people are new to Microsoft Windows and computers in general. All operating systems have their quirks. Everyone has a solution that works best for them. Nobody and no operating system is the best. However, I think a lot of people will side with the industry standard when it comes to home computing. Much like anyone knows that when it comes to ISP and Internet service, Unix is the true stability answer.

I guess I ask that you resign to the same fact I did when I offer free assistance on this board, the average home user uses Windows... not Linux. Please stop insulting their intellegence.

Thanks.

Computerpilot

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From: Drakeman on 11/10/2002
Here's a good writeup on dual boot for XP and Mandrake, I still say use a new hard drive.
http://www.geocities.com/desktopmandrake/linuxwithxp.htm
and a lot of other articles
http://www.desktopmandrake.cjb.net/
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From: Drakeman on 11/08/2002
(sorry for the long winded post, continued from other post)

A few other resources for Linux:

Linux on laptops, yes even my laptop runs linux with KDE it's great!
http://www.linux-laptop.net/
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Hardware-HOWTO/
ttp://www.home-automation.org/Software/Linux_and_BSD/

Linux video project, OMS is hot and look for "xine" too.
http://www.linuxvideo.org/
http://www.exploits.org/v4l/

Have fun! It's time for a new adventure anyway.

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From: Drakeman on 11/08/2002
Like Microsoft doesn't insult peoples' intellegence by offering LITTLE OR NO FIXES to all these problems and leaving big security holes all over the place. Come on. The fact that so many people have all these problems when simply trying to do normal things is a major insult.
Buy "Zone Alarm" WTF? Is the OS that insecure? Buy "Norton" and "Crash Guard", why? Is there something wrong with the way it is?
You didn't mention which version of Red Hat you tried to install. I have been only using the latest versions out, and mostly Mandrake because it's installer is much easier.
Yes, it's a good idea to read about install and problems people have with hardware.
Linux is making leaps and bounds at being compatible with most hardware. New hardware that is just out is not recommended in my opinion. You also need the resources, just like you do with windows - places where you can find programs and forums for info.
I also recommend that people install Mandrake by itself, every time I try to install windows with linux, magicly for some reason windows seems to want to be the dominant OS on the computer and writes where it shouldn't. You think that may be planned?
You cannot depend on windows leaving your linux data alone and I suspect someone may find soon the code that does this and let the world know. MS is real worried about open source right now.
Most dual boot messages I have read on the net, people use lilo or grub to do the boot. I have never gotten it to work correctly, windows always tried to take over.
A friend of mine got windows to run under linux in "wine", it makes a window and boots a BIOS within that window so it's like it's own little machine and you load windows on that since it thinks it has control of the whole computer.
Then when windows crashes (as it always does) you close the window and restart wine again. While you wait for wine to restart you can be doing e-mail and browsing the web. Linux doesn't crash.
I used to be a windows user and am still trying to get over that feeling you have when you haven't saved your letter you are writing for more than 2 minutes or when you have too many browser windows open and are writing a letter. My windows box is now collecting dust.
BSOD, crash, crash, restart "you need to restart your computer" after every software install, WHAT AN INSULT!
Do you know how many keyboards are being abused out there because of Microsoft?
I know better and am hoping a few others will learn too.

So tell me, are you seriously trying Linux? Give Mandrake a try.
Check out video4linux for your ATI card and remember - rpmfind is your friend.
http://rpmfind.net/

Look for a program called "motion" it's a security video program for your card that would be prefect since linux doesn't crash while you are away on holliday.

A few other resources for Linux:

Linux on laptops, yes even my laptop runs linux with KDE it's great!
http://www.linux-laptop.net/
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Hardware-HOWTO/
ttp://www

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