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Old 03-13-2010, 01:19 AM   #1
jemeesh
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installing ubuntu in pre vista installed laptop


Hai, have been using windows for long years...
..planning to become pro in linux.. this is just a starting

got a laptop of hp with amd neo m40 pro and 2gb ram.. with vista installed.the worst OS.... i want to install linux with dual boot since am not expert in linux.

these are the specs
hard disk is 250 gb
c-155gb , d which is for recovery is 10.6gb, e-46.8gb
and an unallocated disk of 20gb

tried to install fedora which couldnt recognize the hard disk partition
got ubuntu and tried...am sorry again and went like using windows and forward and finished successfully..

but i dont know where it got installed
now my 20 gb unallocated disk is showing as two partitions one of which is 1 gb and the rest is 18gb.

how to uninstall ubuntu now..
i want to repartition it and install it in proper way
is 20gb enough ..help me
 
Old 03-13-2010, 01:26 AM   #2
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What version of the distribution did you try? Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12 should install just fine without much effort. You need some free space where you want to install it. And you have it.
If it is not recognizing the drive you can go to BIOS settings and change the behavior of hard drive from sata to ide. But this is required if you are using and old distribution. All the recent distributions should work out of the box.
Installing Ubuntu is short 7 step method. I would say easier than windows.
Hardware specs are fine, you need to give more information on where you failed. What distribution and at what point.
 
Old 03-15-2010, 02:30 AM   #3
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hai

thanks for the reply

i tried fedora core4 and ubuntu 9.1
ubuntu went thru but in the boot loader it doesnt ask which operating system to use.. just going to vista

i have decided to get rid of vista first
and have xp and ubuntu

now the doubt is while instaling ubuntu should i select the same c:drive or different one.because last time i did with a diff drive(not c it didnt show me in the boot loader which os to select.

advise me on this





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What version of the distribution did you try? Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12 should install just fine without much effort. You need some free space where you want to install it. And you have it.
If it is not recognizing the drive you can go to BIOS settings and change the behavior of hard drive from sata to ide. But this is required if you are using and old distribution. All the recent distributions should work out of the box.
Installing Ubuntu is short 7 step method. I would say easier than windows.
Hardware specs are fine, you need to give more information on where you failed. What distribution and at what point.
 
Old 03-15-2010, 03:38 AM   #4
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You should install both the operating systems on independent partitions. If windows is on C: and you want to keep it, you should leave it that way and create a new partition for Linux. Ubuntu should give you choice for partitioning the drive. Use it to create a new one and install Ubuntu there.
If there is no option in grub then you need to edit the menu.lst file.
Another issue could be that the default option is set to Vista and the grub menu is hidden and hence it boots into vista. Press Esc key and see if the menu appears.
 
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