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Replacing Fedora with Linux Mint 16 in dual boot with XP

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My laptop currently has a dual boot setup with XP and Fedora. I want to replace Fedora with Mint 16. Save wiping the drive and loading everything fresh, what would be the easiest way to go about this? I fired up Mint live and began the install, but I quit once I got to the partitioning section. I'm not too sure about how Linux partitioning works, so I wasn't keen on proceeding further. I had thought about restoring the XP bootloader, deleting the Linux partitions and then installing Mint, but then that would be too easy :)

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when you install Mint and get to partitioning you just need to tell it what ones to use so point it at the ones for Fedora

 

So /, /home, /usr, /var or whatever you have :)

 

in the install it should automatically recognise that XP is there and when the grub menu is generated should take this into account :)

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Open Gparted in Mint and look at your current partitions. You would want to install Mint in any partition that is labeled as /. /home is where your home files (Documents, etc) and /boot is where the files to boot your computer are at, and so on. / is the partition that holds the file system.

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Thanks for the help guys. I'll give it a go when I get to work tomorrow.

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I got it to install, but the fun ended with not being able to install the broadcom wireless drivers. The driver manager would show them, but it would not allow me to install the required linux-firmware-nonfree package. You could go ahead and install the driver, but the card wouldn't activate and after a reboot, the driver manager would show a blank screen with no options. After a reinstall, I tried installing the linux-firmware-nonfree package through the software center, which worked and opened up all of the options in the driver manager, but then the wireless was still not active after installation was complete.

 

This same exact problem happened on two completely different laptops, one an Dell Latitude and the other was an older HP Pavilion. Both used Broadcom wireless chipsets. As good as Mint 16 is, if wireless doesn't work, its useless too me. I also experienced a problem with the system hanging on restart on both laptops, which I could've lived with but not the wireless issue. It was a damned fine, polished OS otherwise. I might dual-boot on my desktop.

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No Problem :)

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