w41ter at gmail
May 14, 2012, 1:35 PM
On 05/14/2012 12:12 PM, James wrote:
> I just got this new HP A8 laptop.
> After setting up the default windows, I modified
> the bios boot order to use the internal DVD. Then
> I inserted a 12.0 lived DVD. It put for
> small gentoo symbols across the top, then went
> blank after 3 minutes. The DVD drive was very active
> for about 5 minutes then silence?
> Any suggestions or install guides are most welcome.
> It's been a few years since I installed Gentoo on
> a laptop and lots has change. Right now, I'm downloading
> the 12.1 liveDVD to see if it will boot that. Both
> were the amd64-multilib version. The lived DVD work
> on other (older) 64amd machines I have.....
> If not then its on to to knoppix or ubuntu to
> see it will boot any linux distro.
> Years ago, when I last did a dual boot install, there
> was a windows method for shrinking the windows partition.
Amazing but true. In their help manual there is a section
about Disk Management, where you should see "Shrink a Basic
> Then I repartitioned the drive and put
> gentoo on those new partitions. Has that approached,
> using grub changed? The guides I seen to be finding
> via google, look dated.
> I got a week
> or 2 to get the dual boot working correctly, or it
> goes back to Costco; so any advice is welcome.
For the same reason I decided to leave the factory boot block
alone and used the free downloadable BCDEdit utility to add
a second item to the Windows boot menu. Really nifty, it
even lets you chainload grub from there. When you install
grub, just remember to put its boot block on your gentoo
partition, not the Windows partition.