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
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
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?