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    cobanriley NNTP User

    Default First-Time install

    I'm a newbie and I have what may be a dumb question. I want to install openSUSE 11 on my laptop (Inspiron E1705 core duo 2.0, 1g ram) but I already have windows XP Media Center installed. Is there anyway to install openSUSE without wiping out XP and all my stuff on it?

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    Default Re: First-Time install

    Yes.
    Suse will use your free HD space, it can automatically do this, but I would partition manually.Either way, If you plan to do this I would do a defrag in XP first.

    Choose new installation, use custom partitioning if you can.
    In the partitioner set your xp as do not format and mount point as: /windows c

    create in the free space
    /
    /home
    swap

    a grub bootloader will be installed to your MBR

    if you allow suse do it all auto, it will make a suggested install. But you can end up with not much space left to play with in xp if your not careful.
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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

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    Also before ever playing with partitions or OS's make sure you have a
    valid backup... just a good idea.

    Good luck.





    caf4926 wrote:
    | Yes.
    | Suse will use your free HD space, it can automatically do this, but I
    | would partition manually.Either way, If you plan to do this I would do
    | a defrag in XP first.
    |
    | Choose new installation, use custom partitioning if you can.
    | In the partitioner set your xp as do not format and mount point as:
    | /windows c
    |
    | create in the free space
    | /
    | /home
    | swap
    |
    | a grub bootloader will be installed to your MBR
    |
    | if you allow suse do it all auto, it will make a suggested install. But
    | you can end up with not much space left to play with in xp if your not
    | careful.
    |
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    cobanriley NNTP User

    Default Re: First-Time install

    Wow, thanks a lot for such a quick response. It's a little daunting installing it for the first time, but these forums are a great help.

    Thanks again.

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