[MVLUG] Install Fest 2k7 FALL
ccosse at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 22:18:50 MDT 2007
ICT (campus computer support) offers XP cdroms with license key, good for 2
installations only, for $8, or some similarly low price. I thought it was a
pretty good deal for a legal XP. You have to show an NMSU ID, and that's
about it. They also have M$-Office and some other stuff. I installed it
under vmware running on Gentoo. The sound doesn't work in windows and the
graphics experience a few periodic pauses, and are rather degraded in
quality, but it runs good, overall, like that.
On 8/22/07, Don McCoy <don2718 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Joe Pfeiffer wrote:
> > Actually the one thing we need to be most sure we've got figured out
> > in advance is how to dual-boot Vista and Linux (I've seen instructions
> Oh dear. Am I the only one that has gone down this path already (and
> gotten burned in the process)? Here's the short version:
> 1) Boot new computer, let it do all of it's initial setup stuff,
> 2) Fail to make a set of recovery disks.
> 3) Resize main partition, install linux
> 4) Try to boot computer and cry (recall step 2).
> 5) Call HP, patiently explain what it means to "resize a partition"
> and eventually convince him that even the HP Recovery Utilities,
> normally accessed by hitting F12 after the BIOS screen or somesuch, was
> also fragged beyond recognition.
> 6) With HP's eventual authorization, was allowed (nay, privileged)
> to be allowed to part with $15 of my money to get the DVD that (I think)
> I should have gotten in the box with the computer (but what do I know...)
> 7) Where was I?
> 8) Oh yeah, wait a week and half for said DVD.
> 9) Install Vista again (it took hours)
> 10) /Bought a second hard drive/
> 11) Slapped it in there and put linux on its own partition on it's
> own drive
> Lesson? AFAICT, the latest windows offering does not wish to play
> nice. Haven't checked lately to see if partition tools have been
> updated to address these issues. My advice is to avoid them. Use a
> second hard disk, or run linux through a VM (then it is just a file on
> the NT partition, right?).
> I'd also say that we caution people appropriately, help make backups
> where needed, caution people appropriately again, then also make sure we
> make the recovery CDs. (Or hope everyone has older computers with WinXP
> on them... :-\ )
> Hope this helps. Moreover, I know we all like fiddling with technical
> problems and such, but we need to make sure we don't leave a student
> laptop-less under any circumstances. Oh well, I'm sure I'm preaching to
> the choir here, but I wanted to make sure it was said. :)
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