We could take the top three or four Linux threads this morning and put them all together! I hope you guys are reading the other threads.
Ring Tone, you just hi-lited your first step. Back up the data you can't afford to lose.
Ca you do what pdxireland is gonna do - pull the HDD's and play with an old one? Trying to set up a dual-boot is not repeat not rocket science. But there are so many variables that the likelihood of failure the first time is high.
Actually, what's most likely is that you'll be just one tweak away from success but you panic because it looks like Windows disappeared and then you make a bad move. Then it really is screwed up. :upset:
I don't think anyone's asked - how much RAM you got? If it's over 1GB, swap isn't really much of an issue unless you're really pushing the PC hard. You still oughta build a swap, but just make it a GB or so and don't worry.
GPLCD has worked great for me on several partitioning projects. Discussed in the other threads.
Forums are a great alternative to going to the library, but trying to transfer experience and/or knowledge can be frustrating. One of these days we'll all have broadband, two or three PC's, webcams, etc. and will be able to do remote installs or at least look over your shoulder while you're installing Linux. That'll be great, cause I'm still on dial-up!