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Swap partition? (Re: FC2 & Dell Inspiron 7500 - newbie friendly?)



Good news: Installation was very impressive overall.  Straightforward and
let me set my video card and sound card and made a nice GUI when all was
said and done

Oddity: I had made a small 532mb partition at the beginning of the drive to
try and make a 'save to disk' partition.  I think WinXP had put some files
there, and it wouldn't have worked in the long run anyway.  During the
setup, I was strongly encouraged to mark a partition for swap, and tried to
use that 532mb partition.

FC2 installed cleanly... Except that WinXP would no longer boot :-/

Ok, probably my fault.

I am now reinstalling WinXP.  I have found the Dell Utility to make a "Save
to Disk" (S2D) partition which was designed to work with Redhat:

Red Hat Linux 6.2 & 7.0 Suspend to Disk Util for Dell Notebook systems
[Redhat Linux 6.2 & 7.0 Version 1.1.i386]

So I'm going to try this again.  My question are these:

1) Do I need a separate swap partition? [512mb ram]
    - what size should it be?
    - how/when do I create it?  During the installation process?

2) Will the save-to-disk partition work with FC2? [I know there are no
guarantees in life, but...]

3) I will probably install FreeBSD in a 3rd partition.
    - Any suggestion as to whether I should install FBSD before or after
FC2?  
    - Can FBSD and FC2 share the same swap partition?
    - Can FBSD and FC2 share the same S2D partition?

TjL


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