Note: This is an archived page. I am keeping it available because people still find it useful - but the contents of this page will likely become gradually out of date.
Here are the specifics of the machine I'm working with. Use this as a reference to see if what I discuss has any relevance to what you're trying to accomplish, in part or in whole. I would think most of what I've done would translate pretty directly to any other Dell Inspiron notebook; but other brands (or even other lines of Dell laptops) might require you deviate from my procedures.
I am dual-booting Windows 98 SE with Linux (Red Hat 7.1, kernel 2.4.2). In addition, I run VMware Workstation inside of Linux so I can use my Windows applications without needing to reboot in most cases.
In the Windows 98 SE environment (both "native" and under VMware) I keep most of my applications on a second partition - my D: drive. By using this as a raw disk in VMware I waste as little space as possible, because I don't have to keep two separate installations of software (especially space hogs like Office, Photoshop, etc.). Of course I still have to go through every install twice - but the second time I'm just overwriting the same directory...
My disk is divided up as follows (for more specifics, see the Recovering a Lost Partition Table page):
Primary partition 1: Save-To-Disk Primary partition 2: Windows 98 SE C: drive Primary partition 3: Linux /boot Extended partitions: Extended partition 1: Linux / Extended partition 2: Linux swap Extended partition 3: Windows 98 SE D: drive
A side note: With the inherent limitations of the Master Boot Record (MBR) system, it's a good thing Linux isn't picky about the type of partitions it's living on!
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Document last modified on 05/23/2001