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  1.    18 Nov 2015 #1
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    dual-boot Linux


    I have a Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 (upgraded from Windows 8.1), and I'm considering setting it up to dual-boot Linux. I just had a look at the HD with Disk Management, and Lenovo has created 6 partitions (C, D, and 4 hidden partitions). Can I get further help here, or is this a situation where I need to go to Lenovo for advice?
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  2.    18 Nov 2015 #2
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    Do you need direct hardware access? If not and you just want to run Linux, you can always virtualize it. It's much simpler than worrying about bootloaders.
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  3.    18 Nov 2015 #3
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    Use Macrium Reflect, Acronis or any other cloning application to make a full backup of your Windows system. Then you don't need the recovery partitions. You can just delete them and make room for Linux. Linux will install Grub to dual-boot, but you can also add a Linux entry in Windows Boot Loader using EasyBCD if you prefer.
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  4.    18 Nov 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    Do you need direct hardware access? If not and you just want to run Linux, you can always virtualize it. It's much simpler than worrying about bootloaders.
    Actually, I don't know whether I need direct hardware access. The main reason I'm contemplating Linux is to try to get Civilization: Call to Power to work again. I'll probably wait until I've either succeeded or failed to look into other things to use Linux for, assuming that I decide to go through with adding Linux.

    Quote Originally Posted by spapakons View Post
    Use Macrium Reflect, Acronis or any other cloning application to make a full backup of your Windows system. Then you don't need the recovery partitions. You can just delete them and make room for Linux. Linux will install Grub to dual-boot, but you can also add a Linux entry in Windows Boot Loader using EasyBCD if you prefer.
    The C partition has about 62GB occupied, and I don't have anything big enough to back that up on, although I did use Lenovo's OneKeyRecovery to backup Windows 10's original state (44GB). Anyway, the D partition (25GB) is the largest of the "extra" partitions, so, if the stuff Lenovo put there is not actually being used by anything, that's the most likely candidate for making a Linux partition, unless there's a reason not to.
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  5.    18 Nov 2015 #5
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    To play a game you will need the full power of your graphics card. The Virtual Machine cannot provide that, go for the dual-boot. If there are official Linux drivers from manufacturer for your graphics card, install them to get full acceleration, don't rely on third-party drivers.
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  6.    18 Nov 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by spapakons View Post
    To play a game you will need the full power of your graphics card. The Virtual Machine cannot provide that, go for the dual-boot. If there are official Linux drivers from manufacturer for your graphics card, install them to get full acceleration, don't rely on third-party drivers.
    Considering how old the game is, just getting the game to run will be more of an issue than acceleration. Regardless of that I would prefer official Linux drivers whenever possible. I guess the next step will be to find out from Lenovo whether there are any other issues I need to be aware of.
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  7.    18 Nov 2015 #7
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    Don't expect Lenovo provide Linux drivers on their site, unless your model comes with Linux installed. Try directly at manufacturers (Intel etc). Use Aida64 in Windows to see exactly what devices you have so you know what to look for. In Linux you can use Hardware Info or other tools.

    Can't you just find and install the Windows version of the game? It should be abandonware (programmers have no claims) by now and so legal to download and install it. No sure if it works in Windows 10 though, but you could try. Don't forget to install latest DirectX 9.0c runtime as old games look for DirectX 9 files not available in Windows Vista and later.

    EDIT: As I thought, it is abandonware. Download the Windows version from here. Run the setup in Windows XP compatibility mode with administrator privileges to maximize chances to work in Windows 10. After the installation, right-click on the shortcut and set compatibility to Windows XP and check the box to Run as Administrator, just in case. I would select the option to apply the settings to all users, rather than current user to be extra sure.
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  8.    18 Nov 2015 #8
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    Right now, the project is still in the initial investigation/looking-for-a-better-reason-than-playing-an-old-game phase.
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  9.    17 Dec 2015 #9
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    For those of you who've been on the edges of your seats wondering (The Internet being what it is, there must be someone who fits that category.), I discovered that creating a VM is pretty easy nowadays, and I've set up a VM running Ubuntu.
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  10.    17 Dec 2015 #10
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    I've been running Ubuntu for a while now in that setup. Easy to do and easy to manage.
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