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Old 02-05-2010, 09:51 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Brains View Post
Ubuntu is a little bit of a di..head at the bootloader stage of the installation. You have to look for a "barely" visible link called "Advanced" to specify it to install the bootloader to the partition instead of the default location, the MBR of the drive.
You can also change it after installation using the install disc in live mode.
I tried an install of Ubuntu Studio on a dedicated drive. S/W and Grub install failed exactly as before. Grub issue seems to be that I wanted to use Legacy; on a second try, I accepted the Grub 2 default and it went without a hitch. (S/W install failure comes before this.) So... it's as though I was offered the option of installing Grub legacy but it wasn't actually there or supported properly.

As for the S/W install failure... this has the smell of one of those bogus errors that occurs when something goes awry in the final stage of installation clean-up, but actually all the S/W was installed fine.

I do note that a few of the applications don't seem to launch properly but that could be for a host of other reasons, natch.

I don't know if there's enough time in my crowded universe to pursue this further. I took a very quick look at the forums at at ran away screaming. Seems my problem is relatively minor. :-)
Old 02-05-2010, 09:58 AM   #17
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@SaintDanBert Re:Tech Writers of the World ... UNITE!

Oh dude, you are singing my song.

In my experience many coders hate to document, which means (as you imply by outlining the right way to do it) that they actually hate planning and design. They would rather just start hacking and see what happens.

It's often been pointed out that if other areas of engineering were approached in the same way we'd have a lot more collapsed buildings and crashed airplanes...
Old 02-05-2010, 12:00 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by solarscooter View Post
Cool, thanks much.

I came across some impressive tales of multi-distro madness by saikee over at, particularly this one titled "How to install and boot 145 operating systems in a PC":

Yoiks! And here I thought I might have been too ambitious.

Anyhow, I'm stoked. Now if the hardware would just show up in the mail. <foot tapping>

That's f'n crazy! Who has time to multi-boot that many OS's? Now, 145 VM's
I could see...


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