[NBLUG/talk] SuSE 9.0 on Dell Inspiron 1000

Dave Sisley dsisley at arczip.com
Sun Jun 20 12:06:29 PDT 2004

On Sun, Jun 20, 2004 at 08:25:37AM -0700, A'fish'ionado wrote:
> First, I have to say that I have never had a Linux
> install be this unproblematic before. :-)

Congratulations.  A smooth install/upgrade feels nice, doesn't it?

> I expected that setting up a dual-boot system with
> Windows XP would be a sticking point. SuSE
> automatically figured out that I had Windows XP
> installed, and offered to resize its partition to half
> the hard drive and set up GRUB to dual-boot both OSes,
> without me even asking. All I had to do was click OK.
> :-) XP ran checkdsk after I resized the partition, but
> I didn't lose any data on the partition (as far as I
> can tell), and XP boots perfectly under GRUB.

I've been curious about this - can an XP machine be set up to dual
boot with linux without Partition Magic?  Back when I first split my
desktop (RH 8, I think or 9, latest) it seemed the only option was to
use Partition Magic because linux didn't know how to deal with the

I was just trying to talk a friend into trying a dual boot on his
machine. He had been whacked with a virus that would shut his computer
off before he could download a patch (I don't remember which virus - I
don't need to know that, do I? I run linux. <smiley>).

It sounds like he got it fixed and has decided to just stick with XP
for now, but he says it's running slooowwww.  Maybe it would help if I
could tell him he doesn't have to shell out $$$ for Partition Magick.

Dave Sisley
dsisley at arczip.com

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