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    Trying to dual boot on a Hp Pavilion dv6

    I have a hp Pavilion dv6 and the processor is AMD A8-3510MX APU with Radeon(tm) HD graphics 1.80. I'm trying to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10 together. I created the allocated space but when I put in the live-dvd and reboot windows comes up.

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    Re: Trying to dual boot on a Hp Pavilion dv6

    Is the issue that live installer does not boot?
    Then I would double check that download is correct, you can verify with md5sum. And re-install with unetbootin.

    Also instructions for DVD or USB
    http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download
    Write image or burn image not copy ISO as one large file to DVD.
    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/...-cd-on-windows
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootFromCD
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM


    Brand of flash does seem to make a difference. One user's experience liked 32G Sandisk
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...8#post12577208
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair - Updated Mar 2015:
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    Re: Trying to dual boot on a Hp Pavilion dv6

    I'm pretty confident it isn't the cd. I was able to configure the booting order so that the cd came first and I was able to load it up and see the screen but it just gets messed up. So I'm pretty sure that it has something to do with this stupid computer. I really wanted to try out linux os since I am new to this but this computer only wants me to use windows.

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    Re: Trying to dual boot on a Hp Pavilion dv6

    Messed up does not help us. What specifically are the issues.

    Does live mode work and can you do most things in live mode?

    Is your Windows 7 in MBR(msdos) using all 4 primary partitions, or a newer one with UEFI?

    If you can get to terminal in live mode, post this.

    sudo parted /dev/sda unit s print
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    Re: Trying to dual boot on a Hp Pavilion dv6

    I might have found what the problem is. I was able to get it working when I started in windows first and then ran the installation process. It would reboot it for me and then it would give me the option of windows or ubuntu and when I clicked ubuntu it goes straight into the live version and I can see the desktop program to install ubuntu 12.10. When I do that and I get the option to either install it inside of windows 7, replace windows 7 or something else I chose inside windows 7 and then something would go wrong and it would say the installation process was aborted. So that I tried it again and clicked the something else option. And when it shows the data or whatever its called it shows the sliver of green, then the large block of orange then next to it a large block of free space but unlike I saw on the tutorial videos there was a tiny block of blue to the right of that. And when I went to go add to the free space it says its unuseable. I'm guessing thats what the problem is.

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    Re: Trying to dual boot on a Hp Pavilion dv6

    If you download the Windows installer that is wubi.
    Wubi does not work with Windows 8 pre-installed systems that use gpt partitioning and now can only be installed from inside Windows, not from liveDVD.

    But with wubi you do not have to repartition. It is just like another program running in Windows, relies on the underlying NTFS partition and the Windows boot loader. As such it should not really be used for long term installs, but ok for test to see if you like Ubuntu.
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wubi
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    Re: Trying to dual boot on a Hp Pavilion dv6

    Ok. I unstalled the wubi version. I want to use Ubuntu as my main OS and just use Windows when its my only option. Ubuntu wouldn't boot when the live-dvd is in so I went to my boot options and booted it manually. Then the purple screen came up with that sign that shows at the bottom of the screen where you need to press the space bar so I did. Then it loads to the normal screen. I checked if the dvd had any defects and it didn't. So I went to install Ubuntu and instead of choosing install inside windows 7 I went to something else and the condition is the same. The free-space partition says its unuseable. I'm assuming this is the problem?

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    Re: Trying to dual boot on a Hp Pavilion dv6

    Almost all Windows 7 systems use all 4 primary partitions. You have to delete one, so you can make an extended partition which can hold many logical partitions.

    Good advice on how to handle all four primary partitions used. - srs5694
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1686440
    Be sure to create recovery DVD(s) first. And a Windows repair CD.
    HP tools partition discussion - similar for other vendor partitions:
    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Noteboo...on/td-p/228360
    For a complete blow-by-blow on dealing with HP's four partitions, see Full Circle Magazine, issue 41, page 36. - gordintoronto
    http://fullcirclemagazine.org/
    Shrinking a Windows 7 partition is best done in Windows. But do not create new partitions with Windows.
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...windows-vista/
    The Hedge show graphically how to delete & create partitions:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1713649
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    Re: Trying to dual boot on a Hp Pavilion dv6

    IT WORKS! Thanks alot for your help I really appreciate it. I have Ubuntu up and running alongside Windows. But I have a problem. When I try to load up files onto Ubuntu from a cd, it says that the cd is blank but I know its not because it works fine on Windows. I want to transfer some files I had on my Windows OS to Ubuntu using these cds and dvds.

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    Re: Trying to dual boot on a Hp Pavilion dv6

    Also now I can't connect to the wireless internet. No wireless connection options come up?

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