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Windows 7: Dual boot Sony Vaio Z

29 May 2013   #1
brianrunsphilly

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 
Dual boot Sony Vaio Z

Trying to put Ubuntu on my Sony Vaio Z131190X with an existing Windows 7 install. I get as far as grub-installl, and it fails. I'm pretty sure it is due to the RAID 0 configuration, but is there a workaround for this? I need both OS's on the laptop.

I can't use the restore media created by the Sony tools, it is 90% bloatware and will only recreate a factory install, including the RAID 0 setup. In theory I suppose I could download the iso and use the MS product key that came with the computer. Restoring all that existing data and settings is a nightmare, hopefully there is a simpler solution.

Thanks!


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29 May 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If nothing else, you can run Ubuntu with VMware Player as a virtual system. The big advantage is that you can run it side by side with your Windows system and switch between both systems with 1 click.

I run several Linux distros (and Windows 8) that way. Here is a little tutorial I once made when I installed Zorin (an Ubuntu derivative). You can follow this tutorial for installing Ubuntu - only the terminal commands for installing VMware tools are different but they are easy to find on the web.

VMware Player - Install and Setup Zorin

And here is a little demo that shows how to operate an OS in VMware Player. This happens to be Windows 8, but it would be very similar with Ubuntu.

VMware Player - a Windows 8 Demo
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29 May 2013   #3
brianrunsphilly

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

That worked extremely well. A few oddities related to the particular machine, but all solved and the ability to bounce back and forth between OS's is great.
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29 May 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Good, I am glad you like the virtual way.
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