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Old 02-06-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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Question Ubuntu 11.10 Linux Mint 12 Lisa

I am just getting started with Linux and recently downloaded Ubuntu 11.10 as well as Linux Mint 12 Lisa. I got both versions (32 bit) with and without codecs. The first one I installed was Ubuntu on a legacy (2003)Dell running XP. The program booted up nice and walked me through the install which was pretty straightforward. I decided ti install along side XP . I do remember Grub being installed during this process. After installation was completed I shut down and rebooted. I did not get a prompt to select an OS however. It booted into windows. After trying a few things I decided perhaps Grub did not install properly and tried another install. This also did not work. My next step was to completely uninstall ubuntu . I learned a little about Linux partitions in this process. This I believe went well I even recovered the partition space and formatted it back to NTFS as well as deleting that partion and adding the space back to the primary drive.

I decided to now try installing Linux Mint 12 instead. This is when some strange things happened. Using the Linux Mint (with Codecs)to boot the Ubuntu install appeared. I thought maybe it was a universal installer so went with it. It got to the point where it wanted to install itself to a external dive I had connected with no other option. This I could not allow. I have a feeling that Ubuntu was still installed in some elusive partition. I also can't understand why Ubuntu booted with the Mint disc . I have an image of my windows install and not worried about formatting and have considered Fdisk.
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Seeing as how you changed so much, and don't explain what you actually did (each time) very well, it's hard to help.
Boot the Ubuntu CD, and run it as a liveCD (try without installing). Go here and do as it says (use the sudo command). Post the output here.
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:34 PM   #3
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Mint is the child of Ubuntu so there are similar things in it. I wont be surprice the installer in Mint is the same one from Ubuntu.
To install it along side of Windows you should boot in the live CD and use GParted to reduce the Windows partition then install Linux in the remaining unallocated space.
20 to 30 GB size partition is good for linux to run but as you get more familiar you will wish you would make it bigger, so if you have a good size hardrive you should allow more.

Linux will probably feel foreing to you during the beggining but as you keep using it will make more sense to you. Keep in mind Linux is not Windows so dont spect apps to behive the same. You will find hundred of applications in linux that will produce the same end result as one in windows.

Dont give up and good luck to you.
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