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Linux - Laptop and Netbook Having a problem installing or configuring Linux on your laptop? Need help running Linux on your netbook? This forum is for you. This forum is for any topics relating to Linux and either traditional laptops or netbooks (such as the Asus EEE PC, Everex CloudBook or MSI Wind).

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Old 04-13-2009, 07:48 AM   #16
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the root partition is identified as '/'
/root would be the root users home directory, not the same thing as a '/' root partition.
a swap partition has no mount point identification..

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it-lenny:~$ cat /etc/fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
/dev/sda1       /               ext3    defaults,errors=remount-ro 0       1
/dev/sda5       none            swap    sw              0       0
 
Old 04-13-2009, 07:18 PM   #17
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When I perform the custom partition of the disk how will I know where xp is? I do not want to erase it. Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 07:27 PM   #18
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Also, what version of ubuntu 8.10 should I download and install on the msi wind U100-451US, the 64 bit or the 32 bit? I think I should use the 32 bit but I am not sure.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 08:06 AM   #19
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There should be an existing partition for Windows which will most likely fill the entire drive.

You should boot into windows and run a defrag of the OS.

You would then resize the windows partition, you may be able to do that with the Ubuntu installer, or you could use a live CD like gparted.

You would then install Ubuntu 8.10 into the free space you created by resizing the windows partition.

I would use the 32bit version of Ubuntu 8.10 your netbook may not support the 64 bit version. (some Atom CPU's do and some don't)

Although I would recommend a different desktop other than gnome for Ubuntu. Something like LXDE perhaps that is less resource intensive.

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Old 04-14-2009, 09:10 PM   #20
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What are the other choices besides LXDE? Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated. Maybe something that looks somewhat similar to gnome? Also how do I defrag the os in windows and how should I resize the windows partition with the ubuntu installer? I am sorry I am a noob at this. A step by step guide on how to do this would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 04-15-2009, 07:54 PM   #21
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Theres lots of DE and/or window manager options

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_environment
http://xwinman.org/otherdesktops.php


http://xwinman.org/
 
Old 04-15-2009, 09:35 PM   #22
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An updated tutorial that looked exactly like this would be fantastic:

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2006/06/...de-windows-xp/

Also I would like to manually partition the disk instead of erasing one or the other as shown in step 9 on the link I posted. When I manually partition the disk how does ubuntu show me where windows is installed? Will it be in red or green? Now people suggest that I need at least 10gb free space for ubuntu 8.10. What is the safest possible amount of free space that I need to dual boot ubuntu and windows xp and to install ubuntu 8.10? Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated.I am very sorry that I am a noob at this but I do not want to run the risk of losing windows xp because I do not have a recovery disk and I doubt windows will send me one. Again your help is greatly appreciated and I hope there is anyone in the linux community who is willing to explain this to me. Again I am a total noob and need help. Thank you.
 
Old 04-15-2009, 09:38 PM   #23
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Also on this tutorial https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MsiWind they suggest that I just remove the unused D: partition and use it as swap and root partition, is that wise or will that remove windows xp?
 
Old 04-17-2009, 01:48 PM   #24
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This tutorial is very clear http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installing and I might just use the first option to partition that says guided resize and use freed space, but will the swap space and root file be created automatically and I have a 160gb hdd, what would be the ideal size for windows xp home edition on the partition along with ubuntu? The ideal size for me on the partition would be for windows xp and ubuntu to function as well as possible. Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 04-17-2009, 04:35 PM   #25
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Has anyone tried to dual boot windows xp and sabayon 4.0 lite mce on on the msi wind? I understand that I would have to manually partition the hdd.
 
Old 04-19-2009, 10:36 PM   #26
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Your best bet is to backup important data and make sure you have restore disks for Windows, and just go for it.. if it goes bad, you can reinstall windows and Linux.

If you never try you'll never succeed. Many people are dual or multi booting their netbooks without issues.
 
Old 04-24-2009, 05:34 PM   #27
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Has anyone dual boot ubuntu 9.04 and windows xp on msi wind U100? Does the guiding partitioning do the job well for the dual boot? Will it leave enough space for windows xp on the drive?
 
Old 04-26-2009, 04:20 AM   #28
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Please take advice given from farslayer:
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Your best bet is to backup important data and make sure you have restore disks for Windows, and just go for it.. if it goes bad, you can reinstall windows and Linux.

If you never try you'll never succeed. Many people are dual or multi booting their netbooks without issues.
 
Old 05-01-2009, 02:21 PM   #29
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I am now trying to install opensuse from ubuntu with unetbootin. I ran unetbootin with the ./ command and it installed opensuse onto / on the harddrive. I already downloaded the opensusedvd.iso and that is what I used with unetbootin to install it onto the portion of the hard drive that is labeled /. I would like to install opensuse this way and wiping out the ubuntu installation that is on the hard drive. After I reboot and try to run unetbootin at the grub boot loader it says error 13: unsupported format or something like that and then it says press any key to continue. It takes me back to the grub boot loader. What should I do to fix this problem? What am I missing? I have the other option which is labeled linux and I tell it to install from hard disk, but I get stuck at the point where it says source directory. What is the source directory? I installed ubuntu the default way and used the whole hard drive to install it onto. I believe unetbootin is installed on the /dev/sda1 section of the hard drive. Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 05-01-2009, 04:16 PM   #30
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Obviously, / is the root of the system, so it wasn't a great idea to do what you did.

Your only option is to reinstall ubuntu, then re-install opensuse using a different mount point.

If you no longer want ubuntu on your machine, install opensuse using the dvd itself, without unetbootin.
 
  


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