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Old 08-05-2007, 11:19 AM   #16
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Dear Vangelis,

Thanks for your reply.

So far I have not tried to repair the MBR on my Office PC & still using USB hard disk to boot into Xubuntu or Windows XP as I want to gain more experience on other
aspects of Xubuntu (eg installing other software eg mailx, LAMP etc on it) before
re-installing Xubuntu once again on it.

Today I repeated the exercise of installing Xubuntu on my home laptop. Recently I had re-installed windows XP on it as it had got some serious virus problems (luckily had saved my importantant files on USB disk prior to virus problems). This time I partitioned my 60 GB Hard Disk in 2 partitions (each 30 GB) prior to
loading Windows XP on first partition & leaving 2nd partition free for Xubuntu.Today while installing Xubuntu I wanted to do the follow:

1. Have 4 partitions in remaing 30 GB - 15GB for Xubuntu
- 256 MB for swap for Xubuntu
- 10 GB FAT32 partition to make file sharing
easy between Xubuntu & Windows XP.
- Remaing space as NTFS file system for
testing NTFS-3G without touching actual
Windows main partition.
But unfortunately it did not allow me to have total 5 partitions (including
Windows main partition). So I could not make last NTFS partition & had to
make roughly 10GB FAT32 partition. What mistake am I making & how to have more
than 4 partitions? (Possibly I declared all as primary & possibly could declare
extended for swap & last 2 partitions?)Is it possible to change the partition
type now without re-installing Xubuntu & be able to re-partition last 10 GB
partition into 2 partition -- one as FAT32 & other as NTFS?

2. While installing Xubuntu on laptop, it provides a button called Advanced
for configuring boot loader & shows location for boot loader as hd0. Is this
the place where I can change the location to /dev/sda2 (root for Xubuntu)?

For laptop I can leave the boot loader location as it is on MBR for Windows
hard disk but on office PC I want to set it up in such a way that even if I do
not connect the external USB drive, I must be able to boot Windows XP.

3. How can I setup Network Interface card, DNS etc? My friend had done this setup
last time & I don't remember the procedure.

Once Xubuntu starts working on my home laptop then I can try to repair MBR at office & follow proper procedure to setup boot loader in such a way that I can
boot Windows XP even if I do not connect the external USB disk. Kindly suggest.

Thanking you. Best regards, RAKESH


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