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How-to Dual Boot Windows XP and Fedora or Red Hat Linux

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Installing Fedora


A good way to make sure that hda isn't being used for the install is the comment found in the Type column of the install. If it says ntfs, fat, or dos things are good.


In case you are wondering what hda1, hda2, hda5, and so on are, the numbers represent the partitions on the hard disk.


hda1 is the 1st partition on the primary master hard disk. Windows would call this C:. Well, actually windows would call it multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1), but you would know it as C:.


The Linux partitions created will be / (root), /boot, and the swap partition. The swap partition is similar to the swap (or page) file used by windows, and will be about 2x the amount of RAM you have.

If everything looks good here, click next. Now we are asked if we want to install a boot loader. Fedora uses the GRUB boot loader, so that's what we'll go with. We want the boot loader installed on hda, so that when the mast boot record is read during system boot we are asked to boot to Linux or Windows.

Below that, we can select which OS will boot by default. You also have the ability to edit the labels that show up for each OS. I usually change the DOS label to WinXP.


You also have the ability to use a boot loader password. Select this or not, it's up to you. Once you are done here, click next.


Now we get to configure our network settings. Fedora will configure your network card to DHCP automatically.

 The box at the top should no longer say DHCP, and the boxes at the bottom of the screen should now be editable.

We'll manually enter our host name. You can enter just your computer name here, or your computer name.dmainname. I'm not on a domain, so I'll just enter my system name, "d3main".

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