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#1 moomoo

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 04:40 PM

I just bought/signed up for Linux Pro Magazine and it came with an Xandros 4 DVD disk...i tryed booting off of it...it got up until the installation then i cancelled...if i continue with it..will it install over my Windows XP?

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 10:36 PM

Whether or not you want it to install over Windows XP, is up to you.

Xandros defaults are as follows.

1. Detect existing Windows installation.
2. If Windows installation exists, then resize the Windows partition (C:\). To allow room for Xandros.
3. Install Xandros along-side of Windows
4. Install a boot loader to the disk, so you do not need a disk to boot to Xandros.


As for the installation problem. There could be a few different issues. Assuming that it just loads the installation screen, then jumps to the "Press Enter to Reboot" screen.

If you have any USB devices, such as cameras, scanners, or printers, etc... You may want to unplug them, before trying to install Xandros.

Xandros does not fully support all DMA controllers, or Power Management interfaces. So either of those could be causing a problem. You may need to press the "Space bar" when you boot from the CD, and try a couple of the troubleshooting options.

There is also some command, "ide=nodma" or similar, which could be used, if the Troubleshooting options do not work.

Also, Xandros has a very good support forum, located at 'http://forums.xandros.com'

Edited by Monster_user, 29 April 2007 - 10:38 PM.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 06:03 AM

Yes iwent their...they were very friendly and helpful...according to them i should defrag then use g-parted or defrag and let xandros do it...im just worried about it screwing up because my XP installation disk is fried..=S

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 11:00 AM

Xandros has been very reliable, when resizing partitions. The only problems I've heard, is that xandros sized the partitions wrong, taking too much "free space" from Windows, leaving Xandros with tens of gigs.

Running Defrag prior to installing Xandros, helps to prevent files from being lost, since it moves all of the files closer to the center of the drive.

Still, there is always a risk. No matter what tool you use to resize a partition.
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Posted 30 April 2007 - 01:01 PM

moomoo,

I was scared to do the same thing when I first bought it, but it was very easy and reliable. I had no problems with it and all I have is a 6Gb HD. Made enough room for windows and Xandros to co-exist.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 02:54 PM

Thanks Need TOS =)

I think im gonna try it on my brothers first though because i have a working cd/installation key..and he asked for it so if it messes up there im safe :thumbsup:

oh and also thanks to ALL

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:03 PM

Ok, that sounds good. Glad I could help in what ever way I did. Hopefully it will work out for you :thumbsup:

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