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catilley1092 08-21-2009 12:19 AM

possible problems with wubi installer
Two months ago,I downloaded Ubuntu through the Wubi installer. Afterwards,my hard drive was 55% fragmented and could not get it any better. I had Ubuntu inside of Windows. It was a dual boot setup. About a month later,Windows would not boot,there was an error "hal.dll." file missing. Then after the repair,there was a "boot ini" file missing. I was told that this installation corrupted Windows. Also,I had all kinds of trouble doing anything except I could explore the internet fine.I just couldn't comprehend the program. Is there a style of Linux that is just for beginners.I have a copy of Freespire. But I was told it wouldn't be any better. Also, I downloaded the correct driver for my Dell 720 inkjet printer,but couldn't figure out the install. I don't want to be stuck with Windows forever,but I need to learn the simplest way possible. Any suggestions for a beginner distro would be greatly appreciated.

linuxlover.chaitanya 08-21-2009 12:34 AM

Wubi install is not always the best remedy. It is important to defrag the windows installation before installing Ubuntu under windows. Its not full Ubuntu at fault.
Your choice for the distribution is good. Not a problem with and it is one of the best distributions for newbies and it has got a very nice forum as well as community to support.
I would suggest just remove the Ubuntu from windows, defrag the windows and install Ubuntu as independent os rather than under windows. On how to do it safely is just a matter of reading some wikis. Dual booting is not that difficult.

catilley1092 08-22-2009 12:06 AM

Thank you, Chaitanya for your valuable advice. I have obtained form Canonical the full version of Ubuntu 9.04,and I'm going to do some studying about partitioning and dual booting (which you have to do with wiki anyway).I will get it figured out. It is very nice to have people like you from other parts of the world to help. Here in the USA its all about money. That's all Microsoft is about. Again,thank you very much.Yours truly, Charles.

linuxlover.chaitanya 08-22-2009 12:11 AM

Well it should be easier to dual boot than you think. You just have to know what partitioning is there already on your drive.
If you have some free space on the drive that is unallocated, Great use it to install Ubuntu. If not then you will have to delete some from windows and then you can install linux.
Just make sure you know what partition you are using for install and use the Custom Partitioning so that you can choose them manually without affecting the current windows.

catilley1092 08-30-2009 11:44 PM

Chaitanya, thanks for all your advice. One more question of you,does the Ubuntu disc have the partitonal tools to install the program without harming Windows? I need to use it until I learn to run Ubuntu. Also, I want to have two operating systems so if one goes bad I will have the other. Thank you,Charles

linuxlover.chaitanya 08-31-2009 12:18 AM

Yes it does have tools for partitioning. You can use parted or fdisk.
But when you install Ubuntu, you have a graphical partitioning tool that will help you partition your drive.
It will show all the partitions you already have on the drive and also help you edit, delete or create some.
And you can dual boot the system without any issues for your requirement so that if one system goes corrupt you can still use another one.

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