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Installation And Dual Boot With Freespire


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#1 Glunn11

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 10:33 AM

Hello BC!
I have taken an interest in getting Freespire on my computer (for the purposes of learning to program, chiefly). The system came with Windows Vista, and I am trying to make a dual-boot install. How do I do this? I have shrunk the C: drive and formatted the unallocated space to FAT32, preparing it for Freespire Linux.
Was the partition I performed OK? If not, how should I do it?
Also, how do I go about installing Freeespire?
Finally, how do I dual boot Freespire and Vista?

Thanks!
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 11:14 AM

There was probably no need to format the partition to fat32...linux doesn't use it. The freespire website should have all the directions you need to get it installed. Since installation methods vary from distro to distro, there is a pretty slim chance that anyone here can walk you through the process.
http://wiki.freespire.org/index.php/Freespire_User_Manual

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 03:53 PM

>:thumbsup: Well, I discovered my computer isn't compatible with Freespire. I hear good things about Ubuntu, so I'll try that one. Apparently it doesn't get a lot of problems and is easy to dual-boot with.

Edited by Glunn11, 04 July 2007 - 07:20 PM.


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Posted 04 July 2007 - 09:22 PM

What about it wasn't compatible?

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:26 AM

I've been dualbooting XP & Ubuntu for a couple of months now with no problems.
I find I now use Ubuntu 99.9%of the time, in fact I only keep XP for emergencies and of course the Wife.LOL

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 10:44 AM

I'm really curious as to what wasn't compatible. Most distros recognize a huge amount of hardware, so I am wondering if Glunn11 has some hardware that is not common; that's likely going to cause problems across most distros. It may also lead to the erroneous conclusion that a particular computer is not compatible with Linux.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 01:34 PM

Well, I'm still not sure what it was, but Ubuntu works fine.
Freespire would get 25% of the way loaded (gray bar screen) and freeze up. I'd give it 2 hours and still no progress.
I read something about Freespire's poor SATA support, whatever that is.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 03:49 PM

SATA is Serial ATA, and is just a type of hard-drive. Unless you have a newer computer, you likely don't have it anyway. At least you got it working now though.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 04:19 PM

Indeed :thumbsup: Thanks for your help.
I'm in love with it, haha. I'm trying to figure out how to compile C++ on it. See thread:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/top...tml#entry561597




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