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    How do I go about installing ubuntu on sda5 without touching sda2 partiton as this has my windows installation on it? Thanks.


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    Re: Install Ubuntu on blank partition

    when you restart your computer to the ubuntu cd ,pick "other"or what ever it says, (the bottom choice) then tell it to install to the partition you want...... it will format (erase ) everything on that partition , so backup first......

    or you can resize the SDA5 to keep an area for data and make a separate partition for Linux then resize that for a swap partition (about 4GB)
    Last edited by mike555; November 4th, 2011 at 06:17 PM.

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on blank partition

    Okay thanks, Once I do that, will I be able to dual-boot into windows and ubuntu? How easy is it to remove the dual-boot menu if I choose to uninstall ubuntu and use windows only?

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    Cool Re: Install Ubuntu on blank partition

    hi there, did you ever figure out how to install ubuntu side by side? if not message me and i can give some guidance. possible solve your problem

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on blank partition

    Quote Originally Posted by xzinkx View Post
    Okay thanks, Once I do that, will I be able to dual-boot into windows and ubuntu?
    Yep, one of the things Ubuntu does is install a bootloader called Grub that sorts this out for you.

    How easy is it to remove the dual-boot menu if I choose to uninstall ubuntu and use windows only?
    Pretty easy.
    1. Get rid of Grub and switch back to the Windows bootloader
    2. Delete the Ubuntu partition(s) and recover the space in Windows.

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on blank partition

    Just make sure that Grub is installed on the primary partition...

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on blank partition

    Quote Originally Posted by jmajeremy View Post
    Just make sure that Grub is installed on the primary partition...
    Thanks, was about to install GRUB on the other partition.

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on blank partition

    Quote Originally Posted by jmajeremy View Post
    Just make sure that Grub is installed on the primary partition...
    Quote Originally Posted by xzinkx View Post
    Thanks, was about to install GRUB on the other partition.
    Do not install grub to one of your primary partitions! If you install grub to sda1 or sda2 you will make either your recovery partition or Windows unbootable (and Ubuntu), depending on which you install it to. Let the installer install grub to the default, which is the mbr of /dev/sda, not a partition.

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on blank partition

    Okay, luckily I didn't do that. I installed Ubuntu on sda5 and GRUB on sda5. My problem is now that I can't figure out how to boot into ubuntu. It always goes into windows.

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on blank partition

    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecat View Post
    Let the installer install grub to the default, which is the mbr of /dev/sda, not a partition.
    Quote Originally Posted by xzinkx View Post
    I installed Ubuntu on sda5 and GRUB on sda5.


    Now you'll have to use the live CD to install grub where it should have gone in the first place.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...y_LiveCD_Files

    Substitute "sda5" for "sdXY" in 4, and "sda" for "sdX" in 5.

    EDIT: by the way, I hope your sda5 partition is now an ext4 one, and not a NTFS partition. And did you create a swap partition? You might want to post the terminal output of:

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    Which you can get from the live CD session.
    Last edited by coffeecat; November 4th, 2011 at 09:33 PM.

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