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January 27th, 2009, 04:37 PM
I have a new Dell with Windows Vista Home on a 200 Gb Hard Disk. I would like to install Ubuntu Gnome for a dual boot machine. However, two problems: The help guide for this operation (https://help.ubuntu.com/8.10/switching/dualboot.html) must not be up to date with 8.10 because the directions don't match the dialogue boxes when you get to the partition chapter and, does this repartitioning a live NTFS HD really work? Its no too much of a problem, cause the box is new and there is no data yet to screw up, but I still have my doubts. So any help will be appreciated. Thanks. :KS

January 27th, 2009, 05:27 PM
This guide might make matters easier: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/dualboot

Another option is to use Vista's own partitioner to reduce the size of it's partition(s) then install Ubuntu into the empty space.

January 27th, 2009, 05:27 PM
I had XP which is NTSF installed on Dell D400 first. XP of course took up the entire hard drive. Then I installed Ubuntu 8.10 for a dual-boot from a liveCD. No problems. I'm typing this in Ubuntu using my Air Card 860 on a AT&T mobile broadband account.

January 27th, 2009, 05:32 PM
most all of the guides I have read say to use vistas partitioner to shrink
the partition. something about vista being picky about its partition.

You may also have to move recovery files as they are usually at the end of the drive.

January 27th, 2009, 05:45 PM
Thanks amigos for the info. I'll look into the vista partitioner. Anybody know the name of the app?

January 27th, 2009, 05:45 PM
if from live cd ubuntu works perfectly on your machine....
unless you desperatley need vista....
and you cannot live without vista....

i recommend a clean wipe from vista and total ubuntu! less hassle, more reliablity.

January 27th, 2009, 05:48 PM
This should help with shrinking Vista (http://www.vistarewired.com/2007/02/16/how-to-resize-a-partition-in-windows-vista).

January 27th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Thing is, I need windows for Autocad and Photoshop. However, I plan on giving this a try (http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxlinux/) and if it works anywhere near what it says it does (good reviews from press also) then I will gladly remove smuck-vista and go with 100% Ubuntu :KS

Thanks for the info people. Much appreciated.

January 28th, 2009, 09:26 PM
I am such a coward ;) instead of doing the partitioning thing I just installed a second HD and loaded Ubuntu on it. Everything works fine, the install program even copied over my documents from the windows HD. Life is good :KS

Thanks to all who helped me. I will keep you in mind when I make my will...