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September 25th, 2008, 08:02 PM
Hi all,
am sure, like most you guys, as soon as i unboxed my dell i decided to scrap my recovery partion. and it occured to me the button (dell media direct button) isnt doing anything, and thought that would be perfect to launch ubuntu.

i had a quick google and as it turns out its been done, and then i tried...


i made the mistake of installing grub to a ntfs partition :(:(, but i managed to fix that and grub is installed as usual:).

i have been using ubuntu for about 2 years now, but im hardly a pro. and i dont hate vista, it works pretty well on my m1330 anyway.

i was if someone could tell walkme through it.:popcorn:

Edit i realized including my partition table would be useful

Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x50000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 6374 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 6375 12876 52227315 5 Extended
/dev/sda3 12877 24321 91931962+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda5 6375 7590 9767488+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 7591 12453 39062016 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 12454 12876 3397716 82 Linux swap / Solaris

-sda1 - vista
-sda2 - extended
--sda5 - ubuntu
--sda6 - documents (mounted in vista using an ifs driver)
--sda7 - swap
-sda3-storage drive (used for storage,accssed in vista and ubuntu, iinstall the occasional windows game on it, hence the NTFS)

the guides say i have to move grub a primary partition (im not sure what that is)

September 26th, 2008, 06:01 PM

Interesting page you found (I'm going to try this myself :) )

Based on his instructions and your partition table, it looks like the partition you want to install grub on is sda2 - it's the "primary" partition your ubuntu install is on (i.e.: it contains the "extended" partions - sda5,6 and 7 - with your linux info). So, this would be your grub install:

grub-install /dev/sda2

Then, in Windows, with the Dell Media CD, you'd run this:

cd H:\DellKit
rmbr.exe DELL 1 2

Since "1" is your Windows partition, and "2" is your Ubuntu (or, more accurately, where you installed grub in the previous step).

Hope this helps!

September 27th, 2008, 07:15 PM
I could have Sworn i tried that, but evidently i didnt.
Thankyou ever so much! :) :) :)