When starting a fresh installation you should try with standard BIOS options. If something doesn't work you should try to modify BIOS options. For example a well known trouble maker is the Plug-and-Play - PnP option (which comes with different names). See also the BIOS section in the hardware section below.
There are many boot options, which have effects on the behavior
of laptops, e.g. apm=on|off and acpi=on|off:
For details see
and the Kernel documentation in
Partitioning can be done in a very sophisticated way. Currently I have only some first thoughts. I assume that with laptops there are still some reasons (e.g. updating the firmware of PCMCIA cards and BIOS) to share Linux and Windows9x/NT. Depending on your needs and the features of your laptop you could create the following partitions:
Note this chapter isn't exhausting yet. Please read the appropriate HOWTOs first, e.g. the Partition-HOWTO .