New Lenovo Netbook

Aere Greenway Aere at
Sun Oct 5 02:45:31 UTC 2014

On 10/04/2014 07:51 PM, "J. Van Brimmer" wrote:
> Well, I completed the system backup, using the Lenovo tool called 
> Create Recovery Media. One boot disc and three data discs. I tested 
> only the boot disc, it worked. Since it took so much time to get the C 
> drive shrunk down to where I wanted it, I didn’t want to do a complete 
> system restore. I have no reason to think it wouldn't work.
> Now to find a distro to install. I am partial to Lubuntu, but when I 
> booted up the live disc, Lubuntu didn't recognize the wireless device. 
> It has a Broadcom 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi adapter BCM43228. Is there a 
> software package for this chipset in the repos? Now the search begins.
> For the one who asked. The hard drive already has three primary 
> partitions. Sda1 is SYSTEM_DRV, sda2 is Windows7_OS, sda3 is 
> Lenovo_Recovery. So, the next one I'll make extended. Sda3 has a drive 
> letter of Q, of all things, and it is at the very end of the drive. If 
> their going to put it at the end, name it Z for crying out loud. 
> Anyway, that's where I'm at.
With 3 primary partitions already, you'll need to create an extended 
partition for the Linux stuff, because it requires at least two 
partitions: a swap partition, and the root ("/") partition.  I think you 
can have only 4 primary partitions.  Linux can be loaded from extended 

If you want to put in other Linux systems, you carve them out of your 
extended partition as well.  They can all (as far as I know) use the 
same swap partition.

I think the Master Boot Record (MBR) is changed to send you to the GRUB 
loader, which in-turn can send you to any of your Linux partitions, or 
your Windows partition.  The last-installed Linux system is the one at 
the top of the boot menu.

I think it is also a good idea to create a common partition (formatted 
FAT32, so it is visible to both Windows and Linux), for putting files 
used by all of the different systems.

A lot of people like a common /home partition, but I don't do that. With 
different Linux distributions sharing such a common /home partition, 
that could cause configuration problems.


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