hi ryan... i was just about to reply in your other thread but i see you have already started. to answer this question there are boot options that you can enter before the cd starts to run. you need to press one of the function keys to see what options you can enter. i'm not sure probably f1 for help, or f2 for boot options. you will type something like resolution = 800x600. sorry i can't explain it exactly. i'm pretty new myself.
one thing about linux. not all distros work on all computers. there are many different live cd's to try out and see which one works best on your machine. mandriva is considered one of the best but that doesn't guarantee it will work.
some things to do before installing are to backup your current windows, clean your windows caches and defragment the disk before installing linux.
mandriva is about the best at partitioning. it uses a program called diskdrake. it will resize your windows partition and create the necessary partitions for mandriva. just select the correct option during the install. it should say something like use free space on hda1. it will then resize windows and create the necessary partitions for linux. linux needs 3 partitions; root, swap, and home.
here's a good walk thru. don't follow it exactly just use it for a guide. there's lots of options. and make sure you remember what passwords you enter.http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/installmdv2006.html
Edited by cybormoron, 26 September 2006 - 08:25 PM.
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