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Old 03-04-2007, 12:00 PM   #1
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partioning the hardrive

I have a 10 go hardrive would this be big enough to run windows xp and ubuntu 6.10.I have windows already loaded but I want to try ubuntu as well.
If it is possible to run them together would I automatically be connected to the internet through my windows connection.
thanks for any help.
Old 03-04-2007, 12:02 PM   #2
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you can't run them both at the same time. however linux has excellent hardware detection so your internet should work anyways. You might want to try one of the live-cd distros out there. I don't have any experience with them but I'm sure someone else would be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
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sorry for being unclear I realise I can't run windows and ubuntu at the same time but will I be able to use them separately considering the size of my hardrive??
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A 10 gig hard drive is definitely not enough for windows and another operating system on the same drive. Hard drives are now measured in the hundreds of gig. A 40 gig drive upgrade can be obtained for little more that the price of dirt.

To run both operating systems at the same time requires virtualization software, such as vmware or xen.

The *buntu family (ubuntu, kubuntu, etc) may make the internet connection automatically (when run as a live cd/dvd), but when installed to hard drive, the connection is not automatic and requires some manual intervention. It isn't terribly difficult.

If you propose to install more that one operating system, it's time to upgrade to a larger hard disk.

To help us help you, what kind of internet connection do you have? Modem (dialup), wireless, cable, etc.?

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I have loaded ubuntu as a live cd but I can't seem to get connected to the internet.
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See my response to your first post.

Also, when you post, and want to make changes, you will find at the bottom of your post, when you view it, an edit button. Click on that to edit a previous post, rather that start a new thread.
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Yes, you (usually) can have window$ and Linux installed on the same machine at the same time. It's called Dual Booting.
Old 03-04-2007, 01:18 PM   #8
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The title and the question have nothing do with eachother right ?

Anyway, in your ubuntu open a terminal, and type:


post the output of this.

Also what network card are you using ? Onboard (if so, what motherboard do you have) or PCI one, then which one is it?
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How much stuff have you got on Windows? What's the least that you could resize it to? You might just be able to fit in a small distro like Zenwalk or Vector Linux.
Old 03-04-2007, 05:14 PM   #10
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If you are into defragmenting Windows, you need a minimum of %15 free space in Windows partition.

I have a perfect running system that I don't store any data in (ie: Music, Photos, etc.). Data get's stored on a separate drive accessible by all OS's. The first drive /dev/hda has these partitions in this order on a 30GB hard drive.

Windows XP Pro 6999MB (3854 used, 3145 free)
Linux Woody 3204MB
Windows 98SE 1499MB
Windows ME 3204MB
Linux /home 2495MB
Linux Swap 251MB
Linux Mandrake 10.1 4400MB
Windows 2000 Pro 7250MB
Bootit EMBRM 7MB (Boot manager)

EDIT: You can do it using a smaller Linux distro as suggested above.(DSL)

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