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Old 11-03-2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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Install Mint 7 on existing XP Pro/ubuntu 9.04 dual boot


My dual boot is working just fine but I would like to install and use Mint 7 as well.

I'm planning on setting aside a 30-40gb partition for Mint 7 and not sharing /home or anything else from the ubuntu install.

Should I manually create /, /home and /swap for Mint7 or just install to the single set aside partition? I have 4gb of system ram and plenty of disk space, 256mb of video ram...

My primary concern is whether or not grub will pick up the Mint 7 install properly to make the triple boot menu options and, if not, how difficult will it be to fix it?

Thanks for the help
 
Old 11-03-2009, 09:39 PM   #2
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My dual boot is working just fine but I would like to install and use Mint 7 as well.

I'm planning on setting aside a 30-40gb partition for Mint 7 and not sharing /home or anything else from the ubuntu install.

Should I manually create /, /home and /swap for Mint7 or just install to the single set aside partition? I have 4gb of system ram and plenty of disk space, 256mb of video ram...

My primary concern is whether or not grub will pick up the Mint 7 install properly to make the triple boot menu options and, if not, how difficult will it be to fix it?

Thanks for the help
Should have added that the Mint 7 live CD looks like it will work just fine with all of my hardware...will know more after the install when I start adding audio/video software like Audacity, jokosher, MMC, etc...

Thanks
 
Old 11-03-2009, 09:46 PM   #3
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first i would try to run the mint-installer and see what he proposes to do. perhaps its a good option.

manually partitioning shouldnt give you much trouble neither.
swap you may use the allready existing one. if you need or dont need a seperate /home is up to you. installing it all under / is simpler. i would go for a seperate / and /home

if you decide to install grub from the mint-installation, you may simply copy the entries from the ubuntu /boot/grub/menu.lst into mints /boot/grub/menu.lst (with a bit of luck it will work out of box and you dont need to do anything)
if it doesnt work out of box its (more or less) easy to fix.

post at minimum the output of
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sudo fdisk -l
so people might be more specific :-)

good luck
 
Old 11-04-2009, 06:27 AM   #4
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You should be able to triple boot, just fine.

set aside that 30-40GB as / & direct the install to use that partition as / & /home.
also tell the installer to use the <existing> swap partition from Ubuntu,
allow the installer to format both.

I've done just this, a number of times, with Mint & it's always A.ok.
 
Old 11-05-2009, 10:12 PM   #5
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Too minty for me..

I read that ubunto was just the base for Mint.
 
Old 11-05-2009, 10:28 PM   #6
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I read that ubunto was just the base for Mint.
Ubuntu

What do you mean by "just the base for Mint? "--Ubuntu IS the base for Mint.
 
  


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