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Aug 18th, 2009 at 2:04pm
 
Hello all,
I was directed here by another forum and google searches. I have used search a little but did not find what i am looking for probably not useing the correct key words.
I am a mechanic and use a laptop to help with troubleshooting by using it to run interfaces that communicate with the networks in the vehicles.
I've started to look into partioning because my new laptop/tablet has Vista ult and most of my hardware only runs with XP, also there are often conflicts when 2 or more interface software are on one machine.
I've read many of the guides and lots of threads but feel I need more of the basics to get started. My goal is to vista on 2 partitions for invoicing and service info database(120gb) then 4-6 additional w/ XP-pro for operating the interface hardware and a final one with a alt open source browser to do internet searches.
I need to learn where to go to learn more of the basics and get recommendations of the order I should do things in and what software to purchase and use. I am interested in open source options but wonder if retail products would have better support for an amateur.
comment & suggetions please.
tablet is a hp tx2z w/ 500gb hd, all will be backed up on a 500gb ext.hd.

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Reply #1 - Aug 18th, 2009 at 2:41pm
 
Probably easiest to make 1 primary partition for Vista and 1 primary partition for you database and any other files you'd like all the OS's to share, then have an extended partition with as many logical partitions as you need for additional OS's. 

Rad has a partitioning guide that should get you going on getting that far.

http://partition.radified.com/

I'd suggest Ubuntu for your open source partition.  It's the easiest open source OS to learn and use.  A few of us use it here, so we should be able to answer most of your initial questions.  There's also some good community support for Ubuntu.
 
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Reply #2 - Aug 18th, 2009 at 10:10pm
 
jpw wrote on Aug 18th, 2009 at 2:04pm:
4-6 additional w/ XP-pro for operating the interface hardware and a final one with a alt open source browser

does this mean you want 4-to-6 separate installations of win xp?

some links you might find helpful:

http://windows.radified.com/

http://mt4.radified.com/2009/04/learn-linux-ubuntu-virtual-machine-vmware-jaunty...

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-next-generation.htm

http://radified.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1241201325

http://radified.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1240336627

 
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Reply #3 - Aug 19th, 2009 at 3:29am
 
Thank you for the suggestions, lots of reading to do but it looks like i will be starting with Bootit-NG.

Spanky 4-6 XP is correct, it seems that when more than one interface app is installed there are conflicts and usually only the last one installed will work properly.

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Reply #4 - Aug 19th, 2009 at 5:11am
 
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With BootIt NG, you can have dozens of WinXP. Each will work as if it was the only OS on the HD. Completely independent of the others. Have a look at this tutorial page.

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/howto/index.htm
 
 
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Reply #5 - Aug 27th, 2009 at 5:13am
 
MrMagoo wrote on Aug 18th, 2009 at 2:41pm:
Rad has a partitioning guide that should get you going on getting that far.

An open-source tool that prolly should be added IMO, onto page 3 & page 4 of the Radified Partitioning Guide is the FLOSS gparted (GNOME Partition Editor), which supports a whole lot of file systems as can be seen from the chart at the Wikipedia link. Presently, the guide only mentions the non-free Partition Magic (now Norton Partition Magic) and System Commander.

I personally prefer using gparted through the versatile Parted Magic (currently at version 4) Live CD. A key advantage of this live CD is that it includes ntfsprogs & ntfs-3g so that NTFS partitions are mounted automatically when the Live CD is booted.


 

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Reply #6 - Aug 29th, 2009 at 10:07pm
 
I Purchsaed BootitNG, installed it, set up my 1st partition, made the XP slipstrem disc with nlite. Shortly after  rebooting and hit any key to install via CD I got a blank screen HD light off and CD drive lightflashing, any suggestions?
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Reply #7 - Aug 30th, 2009 at 3:54am
 
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Did you see "Installing Windows XP to its Own Primary Partition (video)"?

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/howto/index.htm
 
 
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Reply #8 - Aug 31st, 2009 at 10:52am
 
Brian, I watched that video till I cans ee it in my sleep, I also followed the tutorial on slpimstreaming the drivers to make the install disc. I must be missing some thing as I've not even gotten to the XP setup screen. I've also e-mailed brian at terabyte and he has tried to help but I don"t allways understand him, most likly because I am bew to the suject matter.
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Reply #9 - Aug 31st, 2009 at 10:54am
 
David F. at Terabyte not Brian, my apologies
 
 
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Reply #10 - Aug 31st, 2009 at 11:05am
 
This is the new laptop I am working on.

AMD Turion(TM) X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-75 (2.2GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
HP TouchSmart tx2z series
Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support

 
 
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Reply #11 - Aug 31st, 2009 at 3:15pm
 
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OK. Let's take it step by step. Ignoring BING, does the nLite WinXP CD boot to the setup screen with F8 for "I agree"? If not, does it boot to that screen in a computer with an IDE HD?


Edit.... Does the CD boot to the setup screen in another computer with a SATA HD?
 
 
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Reply #12 - Sep 1st, 2009 at 2:34am
 
jpw wrote on Aug 31st, 2009 at 10:54am:
David F. at Terabyte 

His knowledge is amazing. But I agree, at times difficult to keep up with.
 
 
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Reply #13 - Sep 1st, 2009 at 2:57am
 
Brian,

I installed the nlite disc, on my back up note book. W/in a few minute it was at Welcome to Setup screen w/ choices set up win XP press enter, to repair press R, to quit press F3.

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Reply #14 - Sep 1st, 2009 at 3:12am
 
But it doesn't boot in your new notebook? Is that correct?
 
 
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