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  • September 16th, 2002, 10:41 PM
    You can re-run DrakeX or edit the file /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 - head over to the Screen section and edit it such that it will give you decent resolution and then restrtat X with a mighty ctrl+alt+bkspc

    in this example from my file my computer starts at 1600x1200, if you want 1024 x 768 put it in the first spot between quote marks.


    Section "Screen"
            Identifier   "Screen0"
            Device       "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"
            Monitor      "Monitor0"
            DefaultDepth    24
            Subsection "Display"
                    Depth       24
                    Modes       "1600x1200" "640x480" 
                    ViewPort    0 0
            Subsection "Display"
                    Depth       16
                    Modes       "1600x1200" "640x480" 
                    ViewPort    0 0
  • September 16th, 2002, 08:16 PM
    well guys.

    thanks for your help. mandrake installed fine onto the second hard drive!

    the gui simply detected the second hard drive and asked me which drive linux was to be installed on took around 15 minutes to get it all up and running. smooth as warm butter.

    only thing now is the massive icons/fonts that I'm stuck with.

    I've set the resolution at 1024 768, but it's still displaying web pages desktop etc at 800 600.

    Any help here would be appreciated.
  • September 16th, 2002, 03:01 AM

    I have the disc burned and ready to go, I'll get the process started and see what the install devides, let you know

  • September 16th, 2002, 02:56 AM
    the jester
    1. if you make the boot disk for mandrake then the boot record is installed to the mandrake partition and not the master boot record (mbr) on c:

    at the moment, xp "owns" your mbr - its shows you the black splash screen after the bios post and then xp fires up

    if you do this, then you will need to insert the floppy every time you want to boot mandrake, otherwise it defaults to the mbr

    2. however, mandrake has a pretty good and safe bootloader, which will accommodate xp as well as mandrake - at install time you could choose to install mandrake's boot details to the mbr

    if you do this, you will have a different start up screen giving you 30 seconds to choose either mandrake or xp

    3. there is also a way to edit the xp os loader to offer you the option of loading xp or mandrake - you have to edit the boot.ini file in xp after you have installed mandrake, without touching the mbr

    option 1 will be the easiest for you to deal with if you decide linux or mandrake is not for you

    option 2 is fine too, except you will need to know how to restore the xp osloader if you decide mandrake does not belong on your pc - basically I think you can boot from the xp cd and pull up the administrator's console and type fixmbr (is xp the same as w2k guys?)

    option 3 I would suggest looking at once you have decided whether you like mandrake or not - choice of os loader is a personal thing - but I think you can forget this for now

    let us know if you have other questions


    check out this link

    techimo's pbharris is one of the contributors here
  • September 16th, 2002, 02:39 AM
    Depending on your case.......... you could install removable hard drive trays.........I have them and they work great for switching OS's without worrying about dual boot headaches.
  • September 16th, 2002, 02:34 AM
    wow, quick response.

    to be honest, I'm a bit new to the linux thing, would I need to load mandrake froma boot disc every time??

    and.. would it default to windows without the boot disc in??
  • September 16th, 2002, 02:32 AM
    Should be no problem, you may have to boot off of a bootdisk though, I've always just kept a few partitions on the master drive so as to not have to worry about it
  • September 16th, 2002, 02:31 AM

    Help Installing Mandrake 8.2 onto a second hard drive


    I'm currently using xp, but I've decided it's time to make the move up to linux.

    Set up wise, I have two hard drives installed, (c,d,) c obviously has the xp setup on it, d is formatted and ready to go.

    I've searched everywhere, and can't find out if it's possible to install the mandrake onto the d drive, leaving the c drive untouched.

    my d: drive is 19gb, all clean and free.

    Any ideas??

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