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April 16, 2010 12:04:43 AM

Hi I have a little plan for installing Windows 7 with Open Suse. Now I came across a few problems.

Firstly I couldnt use it when I had Kubuntu. I couldnt get the whole command prompt.

Next problem is when I tried to get Open Suse, I couldnt partiotion it correctly, therefore I failed to install it.

Last thing is I want to have Win 7 on top of that. All 64-bit aswell.

Where do I start?

Thanks.

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a b $ Windows 7
April 16, 2010 1:30:55 AM

read this, its a good starting guide: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot

Easiest way is if you have two drives, one with windows and the other linux and then boot from grub all the time ('grub-update' will find the windows boot partition)

If one disk, install windows first and leave space for linux partition (or shrink later) , install linux, install grub to MBR, then run 'grub-update'
April 16, 2010 3:37:18 AM

You could try a VM if you are looking for less headaches.
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April 16, 2010 3:43:19 AM

Whats that? Im a noob :)  Also I came up with idea, to save up for SSD, but would 60gb be enough?
April 16, 2010 12:39:23 PM

A virtual is a fake computer that runs in another.

Imagine running Linux in a window under Windows or vice versa.

Take a google at Virtual Box if you are interested.
April 16, 2010 1:05:10 PM

I see, I think I will go for the original way of installing 2 properly. Thanks.
April 16, 2010 9:44:04 PM

Also I would like to add that Im just dloading 64bit, and will need to wait 2 months till my 2ndary backup pc will arrive. But once I will get 64 bit WIN7 I will have to install and I will also have to create pre-partitions for Suse. I want suse latter on as in 2-3 months new one will be out.
a b $ Windows 7
April 16, 2010 10:23:07 PM

its actually fairly easy to do, just make sure windows is installed first.
Also using a VM is kind of pointless, its a fancy way of saying "running linux in an emulator", ie the performance hit negates all of the reasons to run linux.
April 16, 2010 10:50:51 PM

Ok, so I dont need to pre-partition slot for linux while Im installing Windows. I dont know why I tend to make it overcomplated to myself.
April 16, 2010 11:05:47 PM

When you make your NTFS partition change the percentage from 100% to 40%, that'll fix it.

Good luck :) 
April 17, 2010 12:13:01 AM

While installing fresh or just in hardrive manager (after install)
April 17, 2010 1:00:48 AM

In the installer you should have the option to change it on the partitioner screen if there's one in 7, every previous version's had that option.

You'll be able to do it on Linux too, i.e. boot linux, partition 40% for 7, leave the rest empty, install 7, then install Linux using some of the empty space.

Good luck :) 
April 18, 2010 6:35:25 AM

Guess what, I am running Linux now. I failed to upgrade windows 7. I started off from brand new HDD and I only managed to get Linux on. I like it but I cant do anything. I want to install flash player but with mozilla I dloaded "install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.tz" then I extracted it with ark and I got libflashplayer.so file which I dont know what to do with.
April 18, 2010 6:58:18 AM

EDIT: I just read what are Tars and RMP's, ok so I dloaded tar and I can go up to the point when it tells me to choose a software to run with.
April 18, 2010 7:39:46 PM

Have a read here http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/236581-50-give-flash-...

The manual method's the same for every linux distro as long as you've got a 32bit firefox. You'll have to change the path to correspond to your firefox plugins directory.

Flash 10 is known to crash firefox regularly so you'll have to be careful. You can remove libflashplayer.so from the plugins dir at any time to fix it, if it's crashing constantly.

audiovoodoo suggested using the restricted repo in ubuntu if that's what you have. That'll probably be easier.

Good luck :) 
April 18, 2010 7:49:53 PM

By the way, if you didn't already know this, 64bit linux ( amd64 aka x86_64 ) can run 32bit and 64bit software on the same system at the same time you just need to make sure you've got both the 32bit and 64bit libraries installed.

Fedora and other RPM based distros make this really easy to do. Ubuntu's a little different but it can do it too.

Try add/remove software with your restricted repo first before you try it manually.

Good luck :) 
April 20, 2010 6:44:42 PM

Thanks.
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