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Old 07-20-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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Installing Ubuntu on top of Suse


Hello,

I have a dual boot machine with Windows 7 and OpenSUSE. I have found Open SUSE not to my liking and would like to replace it with Ubuntu so I have booted the computer with an Ubuntu live CD and have started the installation but now I am stuck because of lack of experience.

I have got to the "Prepare Disk space" section where I am offered 2 options. One is to install Ubuntu side by side with what is already there and the other is to specify partitions manually. The second option seems to be the one that I want because of lack of space but I am not sure how to proceed from there. When I click this option I get a window with the following information:-

Device Type Format? Size Used

/dev/sda1 NTFS 209MB 70Mb
/dev/sda2 NTFS 47237MB 14377MB
/dev/sda3 ext3 69586Mb 1342 Mb
/dev/sda5 fat32 14336Mb 1107 Mb
/dev/sda6 swap 2148 Mb 0 Mb
/dev/sda7 ext3 21476 Mb 3878 Mb
Free space 5042 Mb

Do I need to put a tick mark in the boxes in the Format column for /dev/sda3, /dev/sda6 and /dev/sda7 to format them and will that result in Suse being removed and Ubuntu eventually taking the place of Suse when I carry on with the installation? What might /dev/sda5 refer to? The hard disk originally only had Windows and was made into 3 logical drives (C: D: and E: ) with E: being used as the Windows swap file.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Finally, if I successfully remove Suse and replace it with Ubuntu will I still be able to boot into Windows?
 
Old 07-20-2009, 11:42 AM   #2
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Yes remove /dev/sda3, /dev/sda6 and /dev/sda7 then use the space to install Ubuntu. Take it slowly and read, then re-read any instructions. I hope you've taken the precaution of backing up any personal data in the event things go wrong!

As long as grub is installed as the boot loader you should be able to boot winblows from the menu.

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Old 07-20-2009, 01:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for your quick reply. No doubt I will be back again before long when it all goes wrong! Incidentally, I see you use Mandriva. Are you happy with it? I was wondering whether to install it try it. I have the CD but one can't tell a great dal by running a live CD

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Old 07-20-2009, 01:56 PM   #4
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Seriously dude
If'n you wanna try out different distro's you should go get
a 4-8gb usb, their cheap
make either one fat32 or make a ext3 and fat32 partition
and run like 10 distrro's from it....burp

lol, serious

I got like 10 on mine now, 4gb

and if your going with ubuntu-9.04
dude you gotta get Ultimate-Edition-2.2
it's rad
it plays 3d games like dindows

you can put it on usb too
but it's big
 
Old 07-20-2009, 02:00 PM   #5
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Thanks for your quick reply. No doubt I will be back again before long when it all goes wrong! Incidentally, I see you use Mandriva. Are you happy with it? I was wondering whether to install it try it. I have the CD but one can't tell a great dal by running a live CD
Mandriva X86_64 is a good distro.
If have use 32 bits version too .
Is much different than opensuse or Ubuntu that is matter of tast
 
Old 07-20-2009, 02:55 PM   #6
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Hello {BBI}Nexus{BBI} I have deleted the three partitions but now it won't let me go forward. It says "No root file system is defined. Please correct this from the partitioning menu". The only item on the menu is "New partition table" and when I click on that it says I have selected an entire device to partition and that if I continue, all partitions will be removed. I undestand that to mean that if I continue, I will lose Windows 7 as well as OpenSUSE.

Perhaps its time to call it a day!

Thanks for your suggestion Linus 72.
 
Old 07-20-2009, 03:10 PM   #7
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OH
yeah that one always gets me too

Quote:
"No root file system is defined. Please correct this from the partitioning menu".
it means edit the partition and where it says Mounted on
or something you choose "/"
and everything will go in that partition

it should say like
/
/boot
/home

like that
just pick /
 
Old 07-20-2009, 03:44 PM   #8
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Thanks linus 72, the only problem now is where to put the / after I delete /dev/sda3, /dev/sda6 and /dev/sda7. Should it be /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2 or /dev/sda5?

Perhaps the easiest thing in the long run would be to delete everything and reinstall it all?
 
Old 07-20-2009, 03:51 PM   #9
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Yes,
becuase if you install and moved partitions
the os's that are still there kinda freak out
sometimes

so, since your gonna do a complete re-install
waht distro's are you gonna install?

you know the frugal ones can be "hand-installed", into say a ubuntu partition, without bothering grub or your other os's
 
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like here's my usual setup

sda1 ext3 ?gb primary ( or for windows here )(usually most install windows first/ubuntu last)
sda2 ext3 ?gb primary
sda3 ext3 ?gb primary
sda4 extended partition
sda5 ext3 ?gb logical
sda6 ext3 ?gb logical
sda7 ext3 ?gb logical
sda8 swap 2xram
 
Old 07-20-2009, 04:49 PM   #11
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The easiest sequence is Winblows first and Ubuntu last. I understand you need to use a tool in Winblows7 to repartition your drive to make space. After that it's just a case of using the Ubuntu cd, should see the free space available for use.

As for using Mandriva, like every distro it has its foibles. However, i've used it from the Mandrake days. I'm able to resolve most (if not all) problems that pop up. For me it's a good mixture of stability and bleeding edge.

Like ronlau9 says, it's really a matter of personal choice. It costs nothing (except time) to try out other distros so have a ball.

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