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Hi all

Well this is my 8th time downloading and burning the ISO's needed for this install. Every time I get into testing the disc stage, 2 out of 6 pass! Nero verification passes perfectly and if I burn anything else onto the new CD-RW discs they work perfectly. So what is the deal here, do I carry on with installation from the CD's that fail the test or not?

I don't wana end up losing my XP, in any way.

Anyway, when I proceeded further as disc1 works perfectly.. I saw the config pages. I got to the stage where drives are listed. It picked up 2 HDD's. Now thats Ok, but I have 8 partitions on them and these were not picked up as in not listed. So whats the deal there?
If I chose to install on one of the HDD's (both have XP on), will not my XP install be wiped out? If not how do I choose one of my partitions to install FC on rather than on the whole drive?

Also, I've not come across a setting that tells me how to keep XP as my default bootup OS. Where do I choose this?

One question: How in the world do you exit?!

I had to manually press the power switch because I found no way of getting out of anaconda fedora core 5 splash page.

Thanks for all the help!
 

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Kalim, are you re-downloading the iso files? Another thing to try is use a different burning software. I've been having problems recently with Nero corrupting my Linux iso. I tried a different program and it worked great. The one I used is ImgBurn (free). I'd recommend that you don't use the discs that fail, even if the installation is successful, you might have problems later on. As far as the partitions, I can't remember exactly how the Fedora installation looks, but is there an advanced button? You might have to click on it, or something like "custom partitioning." The dual boot option, may come later on, can't remember exactly when but I know it will come sometime. In Mandriva, that option doesn't come up until the end of the installation. Exiting, shutting off or restarting is probably the only way.
 

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Thanks guys.

Well I tried 8 different sets of CDRW discs which were burning perfectly for other software. Its juts the Linux ISO's for some reason. I downloaded it again, yes.

I'll use the software you've advised.

Nope, there was no option for a Quit or any advanced options. There was only a Customize which is supposed to be for advanced users to enter the drive where the swap etc is to be created, its size, and too many other paths. This is still confusing me.
This is where I'm stuck and all the options although I have 2 harddrives showing:




 

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Well I've already ran into too many problems. Firstly its no where as simple as you may expect or be advised. It all depends on specifics.

I talked to a mod on Ubuntu forums whose a friend of mine. Haven't had contact with him for long. The minute he heard my questions he jumped saying you're on the wrong path! He said I needed to read much much more and know much more as I'll have to be using the alternate installs (I wasn't using these), all through the command line and it will be pretty advanced.

Asking him personally as a friend what the chances of error or faults here are, he said quite a bit. Although advanced/experienced users can rectify them and they don't seem like problems to them. When I saw the list he gave me to read and follow, its difficult, yeah. I have to edit the MBR, move it, choose the bootloader, and the disk partitioning has to be setup, have to move jumpers around and set to master/slave blah blah.. no where near straight forward.

For that there's too much risk. He told me to read the forum today, I did and yeah the people with possible problems I could have are many. Thus I've decided to install the 6 distro's on a completely clean HDD and then absolutely mess about with everything to the core, until I know what I'm doing as I like to.

Then, and only then will I try and dual boot it with my main and professionally critical XP installation, which also has Vista on one partition.
 

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The first thing anyone should do when wanting to test/experience a particular Linux distro is try the Live CD or otherwise maybe called Desktop CD (ask for more)

I've just ran Edgy (Ubuntu 6.10) and Dapper (Ubuntu 6.06) and both are excellent! Believe me, everything I was missing in Mac and Win is on there!!

I'll be doing a Fedora install, today on a new HDD hopefully.
 

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Just to add to that... I also installed Edgy Eft, Ubuntu 6.10!!! Using it right now and have lined up 8 partitions, 1 for swap, 1 extended and 6 for Linux distro's on a 80GB HDD, devoted solely to Linux. Bordeaux on its way!

Just thought I'd add :smile:
 

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Ok.

My screen resolution is set different to what I had in Windows. The resolution that displays OK in there is not the same as the Windows one. I have to choose 1162 or something rather than 1280x1024. Also the colors are very very vague, vivid and blurry. Its almost straining to look at a piece of writing. In contrast on my XP and Vista installations, its crisp and bright. Alive rather than very dull.
Is there any way to sort this out and any idea's why this is?

Next, when I install a piece of software using the SPM.. in which dir does it get installed? i.e. where do I extract thunderbird (etc) to?

When I use "swap deskspace" (or something similar that changes the desktop), which space is being used? Where can this be checked along with the RAM being used?

Moving on. I have Grub installed. Will I need it again when installing any further distro's now? I mean how will I use Grub after installing another distro to dual boot?

Also can I have two HDD's and boot off both of them my being provided a boot menu?

Lastly (for now :tongue:) what are the /root, /bin, /etc, /home (my username), floppy 1 (not the floppy drive) folders made for and contain?


Thanks kbalona :grin:
 

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First, what distro are you talking about?
1. Check to make sure it has detected the correct graphics card. Have you seen what the resolution options are? As far as the "blurriness", any chance you could post a screenshot?
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When you install a program with the package manager, you shouldn't have to do anything more...just go to the "Start" (equivalent) menu and open it from there.
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Do you mean when say you have a bunch of windows open, and you switch to another (virtual) desktop? I think in KDE you have 4...can't remember in GNOME. I'm not sure, but I'd imagine that the more "desktops" you're using, the more RAM it takes. Currently I don't know where you could check.
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When you install another distro, it should add a "line" to GRUB with instructions for booting it. When you boot, in GRUB it will give you another boot line for the new distro.
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Those folders are like in Windows, Program Files, My Documents, Windows & System folders. You normally won't have to do anything with most of them.
 

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Distro: All of them esp. Edgy and Dapper.

Program Installed: I realize. I wanted to know where the ones that are already installed are kept i.e. Win equivalent of Program Files. because I'd like to add Thunderbird (manually downloaded) to the menu and also put it into that particular directory location.

Virtual Desktops: Yes thats what I meant the little flicker switch on the bottom left to view a different desktop. In GNOME you only have 2.

Grub: Thanks. Only need to know now, when will I add the line, pre or post installation?

Folders: Perfect. thats all I wanted to know, some sort of identity to them.

Screen blurriness is hard on my eyes. Really I can't see it well and my eye sight is perfect. Its also my profession so I'm aware of eye problems and res. etc. It just looks very odd to the eye, I'm serious.

I doubt it'll matter because it depends what you yourself are viewing it from. Here are two of mine that look fine in Windows now. Looking through Linux distro's they look bad again:

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=21106&d=1166223361
http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=21107&d=1166223380

Thanks!
 

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A screenshot saved as a pic...won't change no matter what os it's viewed on. I can't remeber what directory Thunderbird would go in...can't you install it via package manager? Do a search for "mozilla and see where FF is stored.
 

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Well I know what I see and its not the same in Linux at all. Which leads me to believe its a graphics driver issue.

I can't remeber what directory Thunderbird would go in...can't you install it via package manager? Do a search for "mozilla and see where FF is stored.
I'll try that thanks.
 

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Hi TheMatt,

I had tried changing the resolution from preferences to something very small and very large as compared with what my monitor allows and runs on in XP, along with changing the refresh rate from 65-85Hz instead of 60Hz which it was being set to. It didn't make a difference no matter what setup I tried. Although I found a good size adjustment and res at 1162 as I posted earlier. I'm now going to try what you suggested with sudo at terminal but am not expecting any changes in picture quality because I already found the best res/refresh rate. Heregoes..

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Matt, I'm on Dapper Drake right now and have just tried the above command. It produces errors and nothing happens.

Any take on that one?

My screen is just going worse. I've chosen a good picture with 1028 resolution but only 60Hz frequency will work with it and that sores the yes badly.

Thanks.
 
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