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    Exclamation Broken screen; Need to resize partitions

    I dropped my laptop from a tall table today and it splintered my screen. I hooked up a Dell monitor to it, so I'm able to use it, but I was planning on repartitioning my drives tonight so I could use all of the available space after installing Ubuntu 9.10 for the fifth time.

    Here is what I'm working with:

    Sony VAIO VGN-NS230E with unusable, but colorful screen
    250 gb HardDrive
    80 gb partition- Ubuntu 9.10 stable, installed yesterday
    170 gb partition- Empty, useless, wasted

    250 gb external Hard Drive with a fresh backup of my system (lucky)
    4 gb flash drivewith Ubuntu 9.10 on it

    What I want:

    To resize the 80 gb partition so that it's using all of my HD space.

    What I've tried:

    BIOS won't work because I can't use my native screen and am using a different monitor.
    GParted won't allow me to resize the partition I'm running it from.
    VirtualBox won't let me install ubuntu on a different drive, freezes when I select install.

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    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Broken screen; Need to resize partitions

    LiveCD + Gparted
    Running Linux From Scratch for over 7 and a half years on my desktop
    Running Ubuntu on my laptop since I bought it

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    Re: Broken screen; Need to resize partitions

    Quote Originally Posted by darkshadow View Post
    LiveCD + Gparted
    And how do I do that exactly? Keep in mind that I can't see the BIOS, also by LiveCD do you mean an install disk?

    Thanks for your response!

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    Re: Broken screen; Need to resize partitions

    Yes, the install disc should have GParted on it provided that you did not use the Alternate version. That is how I usually partition mine.

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    Re: Broken screen; Need to resize partitions

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayuthia View Post
    Yes, the install disc should have GParted on it provided that you did not use the Alternate version. That is how I usually partition mine.
    How do I do that if I can't get into the BIOS to change the boot order? I'm unable to see my native screen at all and when it boots the monitor is non responsive until it begins loading the default installation.

    Any recommendations? I've tried some silly things and am willing to play around with it.

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