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cairnzi
January 28th, 2009, 09:03 AM
hi people, i've tried searching google and had a look here but i was wondering if anybody can give me an idiots guide to dualdoot,with ubuntu installed first as i want to reinstall xp pro in a 25GB partition to play dawn of war?

Many Thanks.

Jose Catre-Vandis
January 28th, 2009, 09:23 AM
A couple of useful resources for you:

http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/

http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/index

BurnChao
January 28th, 2009, 09:25 AM
Try here:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot

Scroll down for Windows after Ubuntu. The guide does state that it's easier to do Windows first, so I don't know if you are going to find an idiot's guide for the hard way.

Good luck!

cairnzi
January 28th, 2009, 11:21 AM
cheers for the replys, think ive got it sorted now, many thanks.

arrk
January 31st, 2009, 01:09 PM
You Ubuntu users are going to hate me! Apologies in advance.

I tried out MythBuntu to set up a dedicated PC as a home media center on the advice of a colleague, but frankly I have no interest nor no time to learn a whole new OS - just to watch TV and DVDs.

SO - my question is this! How on earth do I stop my PC default booting to Ubuntu. I want it to default to XP, with the CHOICE of MythBuntu rather. Not the other way round - which it currently is.

ARRK

glennzo
January 31st, 2009, 01:22 PM
You Ubuntu users are going to hate me! Apologies in advance.

I tried out MythBuntu to set up a dedicated PC as a home media center on the advice of a colleague, but frankly I have no interest nor no time to learn a whole new OS - just to watch TV and DVDs.

SO - my question is this! How on earth do I stop my PC default booting to Ubuntu. I want it to default to XP, with the CHOICE of MythBuntu rather. Not the other way round - which it currently is.

ARRK
You edit the file /boot/grub/menu.lst. There is a line that reads default=x where x is a number representing a position in the boot menu. Here's an example from my Fedora system:

default=0
timeout=30
splashimage=(hd0,5)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title Fedora (2.6.27.12-170.2.5.fc10.i686)
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27.12-170.2.5.fc10.i686 ro root=UUID=b858b843-29a9-49e5-9979-b947caf9f039 rhgb quiet vga=792
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.27.12-170.2.5.fc10.i686.img
title Fedora 10 (2.6.27.9-159.fc10.i686)
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27.9-159.fc10.i686 ro root=UUID=b858b843-29a9-49e5-9979-b947caf9f039 rhgb quiet vga=792
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.27.9-159.fc10.i686.img
title Ubuntu 8.10
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=030304a5-9208-4927-afb7-90111b8da52c ro quiet splash vga=792
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
quiet
title Windows Vista or Windows 7 Beta
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1

Here, default=0 means that the first Fedora option will be the OS booted if I let the timer count down. If I changed it to default=3 then the Windows loader will be booted if I let the timer count down. If I wanted Ubuntu to be the default then I would change the line to default=2.

carml
January 31st, 2009, 01:23 PM
You Ubuntu users are going to hate me! Apologies in advance.

I tried out MythBuntu to set up a dedicated PC as a home media center on the advice of a colleague, but frankly I have no interest nor no time to learn a whole new OS - just to watch TV and DVDs.

SO - my question is this! How on earth do I stop my PC default booting to Ubuntu. I want it to default to XP, with the CHOICE of MythBuntu rather. Not the other way round - which it currently is.

ARRK
IMHO you should modify the file called menu.lst in Fyle System/boot/grub.To modify that file you have to go in Applications->Accessories->Terminal,then write sudo nano /boot/grub/menu.lst;but unfortunately I don't know how to set the order of boot. :(

arrk
January 31st, 2009, 01:33 PM
Thanks Glennzo & Carml - off to go do this!

Highlights my point exactly, don't it - I need even to know the OS just to stop using it!

ARRK

glennzo
January 31st, 2009, 01:36 PM
You can't stop. You're a prisoner now :D

arrk
January 31st, 2009, 01:45 PM
Bizzarre galactic-speak - "sudo nano bla bla" - but it works!

Thank you both!

Another (criminal) question. What if I wanted to uninstal MythBuntu altogether? Can I remove the HDD partition form windows or is this inelegant and dangerous?

ARRK

labinnsw
January 31st, 2009, 01:45 PM
The newbies way

You can also use a graphical user interface "GUI"
Go to System>>Adminisstration>>Synaptic Package Manager
Search for "Startup Manager" and install it.

Once installed go to System>>Adminisstration>>Startup Manager

Under the boot options tab, change the default operating system to the one you want.

carml
January 31st, 2009, 02:32 PM
Bizzarre galactic-speak - "sudo nano bla bla" - but it works!

Thank you both!

Another (criminal) question. What if I wanted to uninstal MythBuntu altogether? Can I remove the HDD partition form windows or is this inelegant and dangerous?

ARRK
If you want to get rid of the Ubuntu partition,you have to just download Gparted-Live°(the Live version of Gparted),then write it on a cdrom.Once you've done,reboot with the cdrom inside,when Gparted is loaded just delete the prtition with Ubuntu and expand the partition with Windows.Then shudown.take the cd of Windows and boot in recovery mode.It should restore your PC to the state before the installation of Ubuntu.:)