Greetings, Hoosiers!

Hey there one and all! I'm Jonathan, and I'm brand new (sort of) to Linux. My dad finally got me convinced to give it an actual go (dual boot my WinXP system with Ubuntu). So, now I have a question. I have 2 HDs, one (C:) has two partitions on it, and (E:) is a completely blank HD. I want to install Ubuntu onto E:, but at the same time, enable the system to give me the option to load/boot either OS when the system boots. What do I need to do with my Jumpers on the HDs in order to make that happen? Do I need no jumpers on both, both as Master, what do I need to do to enable this? Any and all help that you folks can offer the "n00b" would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again, and I look forward to chatting with you all.



Make the blank HD your

Make the blank HD your primary master and the C: WINDOWZ HD your secondary slave. Or put the blank as the first in the chain and set them both to cable select. Now put the Ubuntu disk into the system, and when it asks where to install it, make sure to select the blank disk. If it asks you about it, select Grub as your boot loader and it should autmatically add the following lines to your /boot/grub/menu.lst to allow you to boot from windows too:

title WINDOZ
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader +1

hd1 would be your second drive
and the ,0 refers to the first partition on that drive. If it was a Dell install your windows stuff is on the 2nd partition in that case it would be (hd1,1)

Dave Brown

Question/Opinion: What do


What do you think I should do? I have been reading up on how to install Dual Boot on two HDs, and here's the jist: Style 1) Only plug in one HD (blank) and install Linux. Once it's installed, plug in WinXP HD as Master and plug in Linux as Slave (with Jumpers). Load GRUB onto Windows BMR to maintain option of booting to Linux or Windows.
Style 2) Keep Linux HD as slave and install Linux onto HD. See further directions listed above by Dave.
What's the easiest and most effective way of dual-boot?

Next minor question, on Cable Select, which plug is the Main (meaning which of the two free IDE plugs is main which is secondary)? I know, I know, stupid question, but I am just starting on my CompTIA A+ crap, and these little things I still haven't learned yet.



Thanks, Dave! I'll give it

Thanks, Dave! I'll give it a shot this weekend!

Yes, I'm a n00b.