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Old 07-17-2012, 08:11 AM   #1
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Linux startup

Greetings I am new to Linux.

I set up Linux alongside my Windows 7 OS.

It always boots to Win 7 How do I choose Linux boot up


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Old 07-17-2012, 08:15 AM   #2
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Which distribution of Linux do you use? Different bootloaders in different distributions. If it boots to windows that means you did not install the Linux bootloader to the master boot record and have not configured the windows bootloader to boot Linux. Boot your Linux installation CD and open a terminal and run the command: fdisk -l(Lower case Letter L in the command) You will need to do this as root user which can be done by entering: su - in a terminal. If you are using Ubuntu or one of its derivatives, prefix the command with: sudo

Posting the above info should give information which will help you to enable booting both systems.

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Old 07-17-2012, 08:58 AM   #3
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But first---watch carefully at bootup and see if you get a screen with choices of OS.....sometimes it goes by pretty fast. (but..but: the Linux installer will normally make Linux the default, so this is a longshot)
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For what it's worth, if it were me, I would run Linux in a virtual machine. (VMWare...)
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Try holding the shift key while booting and see it displays the OS options.


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