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whalogreg
April 26th, 2009, 05:48 AM
I recently got a Gateway MD7818U laptop as a gift.
Specs
-Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit)
-2.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400
-4.0Gb RAM
-500Gb Hard Drive

I want to install Ubuntu 8.04 on the new laptop, but I am a bit hesitant due to some of the horror stories I've been reading about bootloader problems, losing Vista after installing Ubuntu and even due to the partitioning the hard drive. I am curious if anyone with this same laptop has a success story with a dual boot and could guide me on the proper way to do so. One of couple reasons I want someone with the same laptop is due to the hard drive. When I bought it, it said it had a 500Gb hard drive, and when I looked under My Computer in Vista it listed two 227 hard drives. One listed as "OS C:" and one as "DATA D:". I am not sure if these are two individual drives or one partitioned drive (I'm assuming the latter), and am not sure how this would effect the partitioning/installation.. But any help would be wonderful..

Thanks

groman88
May 12th, 2009, 08:42 PM
Yea bro i have the same laptop and have successfully dual booted Ubuntu, Vista, and windows 7! Ok first off all, my hard drive was partitioned with the DATA D: and I just deleted it. In the data partition you can install your programs and keep it separate from OS in case a virus breakouts. I don't really care so I just deleted it.

I recommend doing a manual install. If you do this you'll need some partition software to partition an empty space on your hard drive. Use Gparted

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/index.php

Ive done a lot of crazy **** to my comp :-P, so feel free to ask me anything, i might be able to help. Within the next few weeks I might do a video on youtube to help others out too.

mike_j_w
April 25th, 2010, 08:19 PM
Yea bro i have the same laptop and have successfully dual booted Ubuntu, Vista, and windows 7! Ok first off all, my hard drive was partitioned with the DATA D: and I just deleted it. In the data partition you can install your programs and keep it separate from OS in case a virus breakouts. I don't really care so I just deleted it.

I recommend doing a manual install. If you do this you'll need some partition software to partition an empty space on your hard drive. Use Gparted

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/index.php

Ive done a lot of crazy **** to my comp :-P, so feel free to ask me anything, i might be able to help. Within the next few weeks I might do a video on youtube to help others out too.

Hi,

I recently dual booted a Gateway laptop (ubuntu and windows 7).

When I turn the computer on the following two actions continually recycle.

1. The Gateway logo appears.
2. The Gateway logo is replaced by the following message in the upper left corner: GRUB Loading

Anyone have any ideas what is going on and recommendations for how to proceed?

Thanks,
Mike

oldfred
April 25th, 2010, 09:40 PM
Lets see what is installed where:

Boot Info Script courtesy of forum member meierfra
Page with instructions and download:
http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/
Be sure to highlight and use code tags (# in edit panel) to make it easier to read when you post the results.txt.