With the purchase of a new enpower.com (PC Club)
notebook computer, I'm diving back into having a Linux OS as my primary system.
Goodbye to Windows again. Of course I'll still be running Windows in a dual boot
situation just in case I need to use it for some stupid reason.
This page contains the short summary on how my installation went. For detailed information
click here when I've finished with them.
PC Club for allowing me to purchase this system
with NO Operating System on it. They even gave me a discount for not purchasing the
- GRand Unified Bootloader for making an easy dual boot installation possible without
the need to purchase any other software.
V-COM and its
System Commander 7. I've always had
good things to say about System Commander in the past. However, after spending nearly $70
on System Commander 7, I was unable to get it to install properly on this laptop with only
one OS (Windows XP). It would basically hang on reboot after installing or enabling it.
Although they may address/fix this problem after the holidays, I wasn't going to wait around for a
week or two to get my new laptop up and running.
DVD||TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-R2412|
Floppy||NEC USB UF000x USB Device|
Network||Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC|
02Micro 0Z6912 CardBus Controller
Summary of dual-boot Install
- Installed Windows XP Professional from bootable installation CD.
- During the install, I Created a 6GB NTFS Partition for the install,
and left all other space as FREE.
- Installed Red Hat 9 from the bootable installation CD.
- Chose "Manually Partition using Disk Druid" during install
- Created hda2 ext3 / (root) partition of 6GB
- Created hda3 swap of 1024MB
- Chose YES to creating a Boot Disk
- Chose Default "ATI Radeon Mobility M9" for X configuration
- Chose Default "Unprobed Monitor" for Monitor Configuration
- Chose Default Color Depth of 24 Bit
- Chose Default Screen Resolution (800x600)
- Chose Login Type "Text"
- Modified /etc/X11/XF86Config
Under SubSection "Display", Prepended the following to the "Modes" section
- Issued startx to start the GUI