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Old 01-20-2011, 05:45 AM   #1
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yes its 1 of those please HELP ME and my Acer A0532H NETBOOK..."A.S.A.P."

Well All I wanted to do was try something knew,be apart of the Linux community, and slowly convert just to linux and ended up wiping out my hard drive..
Not all is bad I did installing "Ubuntu 10. Maverick"
but I think I installed it into my other flash drive because it will not boot up enless its in but there also
show an amount of mb's in C: .... so please help me !!!!
All I want to do is
  1. Reinstall windows 7 starter
  2. Partition my hard drive into 3 sections 1-being windows 2-being Ubuntu 3-being Linuxmint
so please help guide me in the right direction
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:26 AM   #2
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Dear Newbie,
I am a newbie also, so my help will be limited
First, it is always recommended to install Windows and after Linux, so you are right
you had a Windows 7 and tried to install Linux
something went wrong, no problem.
Linux can find your windows

But it seems you want back to windows.
so you intall with the CD or DVD installation of Windows again, after you can make parttion with partiion magic, fdisk or whatever software you have.

Nevertheless, I have read your post again and you seems to try linux.
Linux has something as the windows starter. this is called either GRUB, or LILO. Both are like the gate to the computer, they administrate which OS (Operation System) you want to use.
When Linux prompt you, it should be a menu for which OS you want to use.
Send us a print screen and I will see if I can help you eihter
Old 01-20-2011, 10:34 AM   #3
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  • It seems quite possible that you still have a copy of windows installed, just that the boot manager isn't configured to see it...maybe grub, the boot manager is installed on to you flash drive
  • If your flash drive is not to be used for installing an Operating System on, don't plug it in when installing, it will only confuse matters
  • You probably already know this, but what Windows calls 'drives' aren't really drives but 'partitions' and that (along with suppliers of PCs 'hiding' partitions so that they can include extra functions) often confuses newbies about which partition they are actually working on...get this wrong, and it can be problematic.
  • If I was trying to 'triple boot', I'd allow whatever Windows wants (I have no opinion on this), plus an install partition for each of the Linux versions you want to install, plus swap, plus a data partition, that you could share between Linuxes (note: you sometimes see this described as a common /home; this isn't quite what I said. A partition that you can mount as /home/username/data from your Linuxes is what I am suggesting)
  • But I probably wouldn't triple boot; I'd have a look at a small number of Linux 'Live CDs' and select one; at least Ubuntu and Mint aren't so totally different that I'd feel the need for both at any one time. After a few months and you are ready for an upgrade, maybe you want to revise your decision. Or maybe not...
  • Typing something like 'df' (at the command line), and posting the information here, will give us somewhere to start from.


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