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Old 04-10-2009, 10:02 PM   #16
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tiger

not sure if your original issues are solved but can I suggest...for partitions....3

/dev/sda1 (aka c ) windows
/dev/sda2 linux
/dev/sda3 linuxswap

where you install a nice linux distro....but sda2 is big...and you install an emulator/hypervisor thingee...etc...and run distros inside that thingee.

then you won't need to chop and change your partitions each time you decide to try something out
 
Old 04-12-2009, 04:59 AM   #17
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grub - not user friendly for beginners

aus9 - Many Thanks for the advice. I would say grub is quite intimidating for beginners and problems start when one of the partitions go wrong...

I'm taking your advice and in fact before your post was thinking of doing that. In fact I had problems on my laptop, namely XP being a Toshiba Microsoft version, which I have now changed to a Microsoft version (with full repair, partition options etc.) and I was following a tutorial in a book and messed something up when I was asked to enter a
Code:
PATH=$PATH:/home/tim
in Ubuntu, so thought it was a good moment to redo eveything. I don't store important data so this isn't a problem.

I will see if I can reinstall Ubuntu with a separate mount point for "/" and "/home".

This is going off the main intention of the post but:

a) If I need to reinstall Ubuntu, how is this done, would I just use the live cd to replace "/" (and "/home" stays the same)?

b) When things go wrong I delete the partitions by booting gparted and then using a W98 disk to cmd
Code:
fdisk /mbr
to get rid of grub. But in the future if something goes wrong with either XP or Ubuntu what's the best way to proceed to keep only one partition and grub without having to go through this whole process?

c) In XP external software is downloaded through the Microsoft system (anything goes). In Linux, I understand the synaptic package manager but not really normal downloading and installing as in windows. If I save files to the downloads folder, then what's the best way to proceed?
 
Old 04-12-2009, 05:04 AM   #18
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aus9 - to add to the above post:

Forgot to say when you mean emulator is it something like sun virtual box? - I had problems installing this in XP and it corrupted my Toshiba XP... I don't know if it's any better in Ubuntu?
 
Old 04-14-2009, 03:19 AM   #19
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hmm

ok if you need to keep windows in real partition...let its fixmbr command overwrite the mbr....then immediately run a live linux cd...as per my signature and re-embed grub

2) I was hoping you would get rid of ms from a real partition and install an emulator in the host...linux...and install windows into that as a guest os...that is emulated.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 08:55 AM   #20
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aus9 - Many Thanks. This makes sense now and I can look into different options. I suppose emulators are a better option and are increasing in popularity. They also mean partitioning isn't necessary.

Fixmbr also makes sense and I hadn't considered this option until now.
 
  


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