Solved Dual-boot? How to do safely?

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Im back talking about my old XP. However, i wanted to dualboot Puppy Linux with it. But im not sure how to even make a seperate partition on Windows XP, let alone do a dualboot without overwriting Windows files.

Puppy LInux is really more for Live CDs, so i was also wondering is there was also more lightweight Linux distros that would work on 1.5 GB RAM and a 1.66 Ghz Core 2 Duo.

Can someone give me steps or tell me how?
 

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You might try Lubuntu; you may need a DVD instead of a CD.
 
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Here's a list of Live CD/DVD Linux distros.

http://livecdlist.com/

It's not complete and I suspect some listed no longer updated. Many listed also seem out of date.
Most are larger than Puppy. A few are smaller.
And many are purpose oriented, other than a desktop operating system.

Point is, there is a lot of variety to choose from.

Puppy distros have a reputation for working well on older equipment.
On an older computer like yours, a Puppy distro is a good choice to start with.
 

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Thanks. Im planning to install ImgBurn for the old XP tooo, just so you know. And it has a DVD drive, so a DVD isnt a problem.
 
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With Puppy, don't burn to a DVD+R .
They aren't supported.
CD R and CD RW will work.
Best to use DVD-R because it gives more 'space' for upgrades and added installed apps.
DVD+RW are supported but I never had much luck with them.

And there is the option to use a flash drive rather than a DVD.
 

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I was looking for something I could install on a USB Flash Drive. I have 3 of them i want to use for this in case one fails, i have more.

One is a 64 GB
Backup is a 16 GB
And my final one a 8 GB in case all fails or i mess up an install on the others.

I want this beacause in case my hard drive fails or something like that, i have a backup to go on. And i was planning to install them on some DVD-Rs or some CD-Rs for live CDs in case the flash drives booting them fail, due to the fact it uses a lot of read and write cycles. Any suggestions for the type of distro im looking for?

Anyways, there is only 14 GB free on my 40 GB HDD and i need at least 8 free because League of Legends still works on XP and it needs at least 8 GB drive space free.
 

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You can run Puppy versions from a Usb stick, no need to install anything onto your hard drive and puppy runs in ram so it's fast.
 

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Thanks. I have the puppy iso, so i might as well use that one. I cant use dvds cause i cant get it to detect my blank DVD-Rs.... oh well, i do have usb sticks.

Now to find those vbox guest additions....
 

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I replied to your other thread
https://forums.techguy.org/threads/...t-a-certain-usb-drive-or-blank-discs.1215281/

Why on earth would you think you can use a blank DVD in a readable DVD drive and the computer write to it.

To state finally once and for all
A standard DVD drive can only read a dvd with data, music, images etc on it. It won't recognise a blank disc.

A standard DVD drive ( DVD-ROM) will NOT write to a disc . It ONLY reads the discs.
You need a RW drive to write to the disc.
 

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Thanks. Im planning to install ImgBurn for the old XP tooo, just so you know. And it has a DVD drive, so a DVD isnt a problem.
There is no point in installing imgburn on the computer because it has a read only drive not a writable drive.

Installing burning or writing software on a computer cannot magically make a read only drive be able to write ( burn to the dvd) .
 
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Thanks. I have the puppy iso, so i might as well use that one. I cant use dvds cause i cant get it to detect my blank DVD-Rs.... oh well, i do have usb sticks.

Now to find those vbox guest additions....

Coco.
Pick a plan that's possible from a technical point of view.
It's been noted your laptop does not have the ability to write ( burn ) data/information on a CD or DVD because you don't have a DVD writer.
If you want a Live CD or DVD, you'll need to use a computer that has a DVD writer.

So, it looks like the Live USB flashdrive is an alternative you can use at the moment with your current abilities.

VBox guest additions are used in conjunction with virtual installs on a hard drive using VirtualBox, not Live CDs, Live DVDs or Live USB flashdrive installs, or even Frugal installs on a hard drive when dual booting or as a standalone install.
Unless you are going to install a Linux distro as a virtual operating system, you don't need to concern your self with VBox guest additions.
 

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I am using VirtualBox, as i just found out this old laptop can't boot from USB.

I may just get an external disc drive, anyways.

And i didn't know this couldnt write to blank discs befoe i installed ImgBurn.
 
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So......you've got VirtualBox.

Sounds like you didn't need any of that help you requested about Live CD/DVDs to start with :cool:
 
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