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Old 05-20-2014, 03:58 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Installing Ubuntu 10.04 LTS problem

Hello everyone, I'm a newbie and have just bought a Ubuntu disk to run alongside XP on my laptop.
My problem is getting beyond the 'Prepare disk space' option. The option to install them side by side is not available. I cannot delete the 'dot' in the 'Erase and use the entire disk' option. I have tried allways without success. Obviously I want to keep XP until I have become user friendly with Linux/Ubuntu!

All help to solve this problem will be gratefully received.

Many thanks for all your H E L P...........ozzie31
Old 05-20-2014, 04:05 PM   #2
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Are you actually planning to use Ubuntu 10.04? The Desktop version hasn't been supported for a year so there will be no updates. If the Ubuntu installer recognizes another OS on the system, you should also see the "install alongside" as well as "something else" options. If you don't see them, you will need to know the partition(s) on which you have xp so you don't overwrite. If you see these two options, what happens when you click the radio button for either or can you not do that? You need to click the appropriate radio button, not try to delete the Erase option. You could open a terminal in Ubuntu and run the command: sudo fdisk -l(Lower case Letter L in the command) to see which partition(s) are ntfs, windows so as not to overwrite them.
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10 is very OLD

the current long term support version is Ubuntu 14.04

for dual booting you will need to "shrink" the xp partition
so you can install Ubuntu on the empty partition

you might want to read the install guide
-- for the current 14.04
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... additionally, ubuntu 10.04 is pretty lightweight compared to 14.04.
depending on your hardware you might want to choose a lighter distro, like xubuntu 14.04 LTS or a different distro altogether.
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"]Many thanks to everyone for their helpful replies. I have purchased and successfully installed Ubuntu 14.04 !!!
Once again, many thanks to you all, I now know where to turn for help and advice...........ozzie31


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