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Debian Installation questions

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Joined: 2006-11-20

I have a couple of questions on what to do for the install?

I am planning to multiboot a win98se (current os), and debian latest onto a ibm thinkpad 600e pII 6gb, 128mb ram cd/dvd dive, nonworking usb, no ethernet, yes wireless

I am planning to multiboot the OS's.

Before the install, it says to backup data. How do I go about doing it? I am running win98se, I have a couple of files that matter, mostly office and installed programs. Oh and all the win98se updates, So how to make sure i dont have to redo all that work.

" Anytime you partition your disk, you should count on losing everything on the disk, no matter what program you use to do it." from

I would like to download the desktop install type total 2gb is that wise? Is the work console a better option? I also like to developer install? Which one to choose? They look so cool to me?

How to see my current partition on win98se?

Can someone explain data movement and repartitioning as it applies to protecting your current data from the install process? Edit: Is the answer that debian handles this, cause thats kinda sweet.

How do I do a bios update on thinkpad 600e model 2645-55u? I have No clue, how to do this?

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
Well, if your win98se takes

Well, if your win98se takes the whole of the disk currently than one thing you can't go without before installing Debian to a separate partition is resizing your current win98se partition. You can do this with partition magic on win98se (proprietary program available for windows, if you want to do it from windows) or download a livecd which has gparted on it which might be able to resize your partition. They are both graphical.

Resizing is making your current partition smaller in order to make some free space available on the disk. If your current partition takes the whole disk, therefore being 6GB big, but you have 3.7 GB free on it, that means you can resize your current 6GB partition to something like 2.3 GB.

After resizing you simply create necessary partitions in the free space which would then be made available. You could, for example, create three partitions, one with 2GB for root (/), about 220 for /home and 128 as swap. This is just an example.

Btw, BIOS update doesn't have much to do with this and shouldn't be necessary for what you want to accomplish. It is a whole other topic and I've never done it on a laptop.

AndrewB's picture
Joined: 2005-12-18
BIOS updates suck. I hate

BIOS updates suck. I hate doing them. Avoid if necessary. They can be dangerous.

a thing's picture
Joined: 2005-12-20
hardware upgrade suggested

Honestly you'll have trouble running anything fancy made within the last like four years on that machine (like any recent GNOME or KDE), be it Windows, GNU/Linux, or whatever. I suggest at least getting a 40GB harddrive (which should be hard to find now, but an 80 or 120GB shouldn't) and probably 256MB of RAM (512MB even better).

If that CD/DVD drive can burn, backup your important data to CDs. But DO NOT trust optical media like CDs and DVDs to last for a long time. They can be corruputed by simply not putting the disc in the tray all the way and having it close on the CD/DVD.

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