I have an Acer Aspire One D250 netbook and I want to know if I can triple boot it.
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I have an Acer Aspire One D250 netbook and I want to know if I can triple boot it.
So I already have it dual booted with wwindows 7 and Jolicloud and it has 84.36 GB. I want to try Ubuntu Netbook Remix(which I already have on a flashdrive), but can't get rid of windows because I need it for school, and don't want to get rid of Jolicloud because I like the way it looks and runs. So I googled triple booting and didn't get any hits, so I'm hoping someone here can point be in the right direction.
It's usually referred to as multibooting and if you google that, you should get lots of hits (preface it with Linux or maybe Grub). If you do not know exactly what partitions you have and where your windows 7 partition(s) and JoliCloud partitions are, log in as root in JoliCloud and run the command: fdisk -l (lower case letter L in command). This will give you partition information and tell you the type of operating system on each partition. This is so you do not install Ubuntu over your other operating systems.
How are you booting windows 7 and Jolicloud? Grub? Windows 7 bootloader? The newer versions of Ubuntu are using Grub2 which has different configuration files and methods than Grub Legacy. You will need to decide which bootloader to use, Grub 2 Ubuntu will probably work best but if you are not familiar with it, do some reading first.
You could probably do a search here at LQ for multiboot and get a lot of hits with useful information.
It's possible to install many more than 3 operating systems. See the link below:
Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x690e0928
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 1567 12586896 27 Unknown
/dev/sda2 * 1568 1580 104422+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1581 30402 231506210 7HPFS/NTFS
... I'm not to sure what is what. As far as what bootloader, I'm also not sure; I am not aware of downloading one seperatly so that makes me think that it is the windows 7 bootloader. If that is not it how would I find it? I'm going to do some reading about bootloaders to see what I can find out though. Thanks again.
P.S. Very interesting link by the way, I cant imagine running a computer with 145 operating systems...once I get some decent experience I'll have to try that, that'd be cool to show to some buddies or something haha
Your fdisk output shows sda1 as a windows hidden partition which is probably the Recovery partition, sda2 is the active which contains your system files and sda3 looks like a data partition? You don't have a Linux partition so did you install JoliCloud as a folder within windows? Like an Ubuntu wubi install? Just went to their website and it looks like that is what it is and according to their page, it uses the windows bootloader. Here's the link I read which explains the installation. You might check it over to see if that's what you did:
The important thing to remember then is to not install your Ubuntu on the partitions (sda1, sda2 and sda3) you already have as that will overwrite them. You can create another partition, an extended partition from within windows and then create a logical partition for Ubuntu within the extended. You should also be able to do this during the Ubuntu install with GParted partitioning tool. You will need to click on an Advanced tab at the end of the partitioning and during the bootloader install to select where to install the bootloader. The Ubuntu default like most systems, is to install to the master boot record. The Ubuntu Grub bootloader should detect windows 7 and put an entry in its boot menu. If you want to use the windows bootloader, you will need to install Grub to the partition on which you put Ubuntu. I think you will need to get some third party software to boot Ubuntu on a separate partition and the best I know of is EasyBCD from neosmart technologies:
That looks about right, though I'm not sure. Here is the exact installation guide that I followed, step-by-step: http: http://www.jolicloud.com/guides/jolicloud-express. So if I decide to go with GRUB2 do I just download it or do I need to uninstall the microsoft bootloader first? While I was in my partion editor there is a tab named GParted, I don't know what it does though. I looked into EasyBCD and I'll probably download it tomorrow. Thank you, once again.
So if I decide to go with GRUB2 do I just download it or do I need to uninstall the microsoft bootloader first?
No to both questions. Grub comes as part of the Ubuntu installation. You do not need to do make any changes to the windows bootloader and you will probably have issues if you do, so just leave it.
The GParted tab you saw is GParted and is used in many distributions and will be included with Ubuntu. It is what you will use during the Ubuntu install if you create and/or format partitions. The default will be to install the Ubuntu Grub2 to the master boot record which should enable you to boot all your systems.
Might be a good idea before you start to check out EasyBCD in case you have problems with the Grub part of your install. You can either download it to your Desktop in windows 7 or download and iso image of the windows 7 Recovery partition. If you already have a Recovery CD/DVD or windows 7 installation DVD/CD,you won't need this:
Sorry about taking so long to reply, I was looking around in partion editor and I'm not sure what happened, I was just kind of nosing around, While I was in the partion editor I did click on something that said it was compressing files; it started compressing a bunch of things and I wasn't too sure what was going on so I canceled it as it was compressing what looked like files to Jolicloud, so i think that is where the problem may be. But every time I try to boot Jolicloud it says that it cannot connect to the X server or something like that. It will still let me sign in, but all the graphics are gone(It's just a blue page that tells me that it is not connected to the X server) and when I do sign in it brings me to a full page terminal. I think this might be a good time to learn and figure out what is wrong with it or should I just uninstall Jolicloud and just boot Ubnuntu Netbook Remix; what do you think? So that is the reason of my delay, as soon as I figure out what to do with Jolicloud I will be back on topic.
How were you compressing files? Were you booted into JoliCloud?
If you've lost your GUI, you could try typing "startx" (without quotes) when it boots to the terminal. If that doesn't work, I'm not sure what to do. I don't know much about modifying graphics files. If you don't have any important data in your JoliCloud, you could just reinstall?
should I just uninstall Jolicloud and just boot Ubnuntu Netbook Remix;
Does that mean you have already installed Ubuntu? If you haven't installed it yet, just make sure you do not install over the windows partitions you already have. During the Ubuntu install, it should tell you where it is planning to install before doing anything, using the information you have posted from the fdisk command. You may need to check Custom or Expert option in the install so you don't install on the wrong partition. Most Linux distributions will tell you what will happen before starting an install, which partitions it will use. Just read everything before clicking Next.
I want to say that I did it on windows, but now that I'm looking back at the partition editor in windows I don't see where I could have done it. So I may of done it on Jolicloud-I'll have to check on that.
Does that mean you have already installed Ubuntu?
I have the Ubuntu Netbook Remix on a flash drive, I tried to install that before Jolicloud and it would freeze during the initial boot up. So I guess that's why it wasn't working; I didn't check the custom or expert box. So I guess what I'm going to do now is try the startx command and if that doesn't work than I'm going to just uninstall Jolicloud, install UNR, then Jolicloud can be one of the extra OS's that I will install later, if I still want it.
I tried to install linux (xubuntu), the setup of this netbook is really peculiar so windows would not boot. I had to request cds to reinstall windows. The dual xubuntu/windows xp worked for a while, but windows boot stopped working after a while so now it is a pure xubuntu netbook. It is now out of warranty so I am not sure what the problem with windows is. Yes it has 2 windows partitions and one of them is for restoring, which does not really work in dual boot, however.
Alright I just figured out that it was windows that I compreessed the files, but I've already uninstalled Jolicloud(startx didn't work, thanks though). I did install UNR, but the same thing that happened before happened agian...it keeps freezing. It will boot up and then it will freeze on a loading box that shows up to finish the installation, it says it's getting the time from the server and it stops loading at 142% and thats when it stops.
You may need to check Custom or Expert option in the install so you don't install on the wrong partition.
Does this mean that I need to uninstall the UNR that I already have on my flash-drive and then put another on there with the custom tab picked?
I did install UNR, but the same thing that happened before happened agian...it keeps freezing. It will boot up and then it will freeze on a loading box that shows up to finish the installation, it says it's getting the time from the server and it stops loading at 142% and thats when it stops.
I've never seen that error, lucky I guess.
How did you get Ubuntu on the flash drive? unetbootin, pendrivelinux?
Do you have a CD/DVD drive?
Alright.... I it on there from pendrivelinux, but I stopped trying UNR 10.04. Instead I have UNR 10.10 on there, put n the sand way as I did before; I didn't change s thing. So right now I have Ubuntu dual booted with windows7 starter, but I havn't fully installed it yet( still just trying it out) but I plan on doing the full install tonight. And no, I don't have a CD/DVD drive. So right now everything seems fine. I'm thinking after I finish the Ubuntu install we can continue on the reason we're here in the first place.... Multibooting lol P.S.thank you again for your continuing help
Well a lot has changed since the beginning of this post lol I got rid of the Jolicloud and right now I'm running UNR 10.10 and windows7 starter, I never did anything about a Mac, but I did see something on the Internet about getting OS X on something other than a Mac... That sounds like something fun, so let's say that's where we're at right now. Would it be possible to have UNR 10.10, windows7, and OS X on my netbook? Hey Linus thanks for the extra help, yancek's been helping out great too; I never realized how helpful this site could be.