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Dual boot

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by tryingtimes, Sep 7, 2001.

  1. tryingtimes

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    Hi all<br />I am thinking of going the HCPC route after being wooed by the quality of 7 and 8" crt projectors.

    I am trying to keep the budget as high as posible for the crt and am therefore looking to spend the minimum possible for the computer side of things (at least initially).

    I already have a pc - its a Athlon 700, 384mb RAM, 40Gb HD, Matrox G400 Dual head graphics card.

    FIrstly, would I be able to run a dedicated HD dual boot to effectively produce a dedicated HCPC?

    Secondly, if I were to do this - how much would I need to change of the original spec (obviously I would need to add a dvd drive, would I need to change the graphics card, etc.

    Thanks guys - I know my way around a PC but have never really looked at the HCPC route before.

    Alex
     
  2. JohnAd

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    Alex

    The dual boot issue really depends on which OS you want to use. Assuming you wnat to use a win98 type OS for the HTPC bit.

    If I were you I would partition the Hard Disk into at least 3 partitons.

    1) c: windows 98 for HTPC use FAT 2Gb Primary<br />2) d: Win2k for other use NTFS 2Gb<br />3) e: Shared Data/music/video (the rest) FAT32

    This way you should be able to keep your two OSes seperate.

    If you use NT type OSes for everything then you can have as many separate versions as you want just be sure to put each version on a different partition.

    Also I think Jeff uses some software called ghost to take snapshots of his setup so that if you change something to make it unstable youi can quickly get back to a known state.

    Your machine should be OK for starters, just get yourself a DVD drive. It's probably also worth getting a TV card to let you use DScaler for other sources.

    Once you've got the bug I'm sure you'll be upgrading the whole thing <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

    John
     
  3. Big Jim

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    The software is Symantec (used to be Norton) Ghost

    <a href="http://www.symantec.com/sabu/ghost/ghost_personal/" target="_blank">Ghost</a>

    Very handy software.

    hth
     

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