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Old 10-15-2010, 10:53 PM   #1
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partioning problem with windows and ubuntu 10.10 dual boot


okay guys, i recently attempted to dual boot windows 7 and ubuntu 10.10 on my toshiba satallite l50d5 laptop (which has had major problems booting/running ubuntu except for this latest release) anyways . i ran the live boot through a cd. saw that everything was running good and decided to dual boot . everything was fine until i got to the screen where it asked to put my name and password. it would not advance from there (it set trying to set up network time or something of that nature), i do not have internet access so im guessing that might have been a problem. anyways the installation wouldnt complete after HOURS so i decided to just turn off my computer. i booted it up again and windows loaded. i checked my windows drive and it was half of what it used to be (so the partioning worked i guess) but i cant get to my ubuntu partition. i see it when i go in through the live cd though but it doesnt give me the option to boot it when i turn it on normally. how do i get rid of the ubuntu partion or actualy allow it boot up?
 
Old 10-16-2010, 12:50 AM   #2
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Since the installation did not complete, the Ubuntu partition may be non-bootable. To verify, boot the Ubuntu cd. You should have a menu of options (Install, boot from hard drive, etc.). Select boot from hard drive. If the Ubuntu installation is bootable, it will boot successfully. If it isn't bootable, you should get some kind of error message telling you so.

The installation probably stopped at the "waiting for network connection" phase because a network connection would be necessary after installation to update all installed packages to the latest version.

To delete the Ubuntu partition, you have two options:
1) boot windows and use windows software to reclaim the Ubuntu partition for windows.

2) boot the Ubuntu cd as a live cd. Run gparted (or other partition management app of your choice) to remove the Ubuntu partition, and extend the windows partition to take up the free space. Complete the task and write a new partition table.
 
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