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Windows 7: Install All messed up - with Ubuntu - HELP

13 Jan 2010   #11
Nokoyashi

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 
(Attached) Windows 7 Compatibility Rpt - please review

Please review my herein inserted Windows 7 Compatibility Report and kindly tell me if I can go ahead and upgrade my Vista to Windows 7 Ultimate.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks...Mimi




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File Type: doc Windows7_Compatibility_Report.doc (123.0 KB, 11 views)
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13 Jan 2010   #12
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nokoyashi View Post
Please review my herein inserted Windows 7 Compatibility Report and kindly tell me if I can go ahead and upgrade my Vista to Windows 7 Ultimate.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks...Mimi
Mimi;

Been looking over your laptop specs ... it is close. This laptop looks to be about 3 years old or so. However, it is compatible with and supported by Dell for 32 Bit Vista, so you should be good to go for 32 bit 7!!

If I was to just make a wild guess, I would say your blue screen is due to the combination of the ATI Radeon X1270 and only 1GB of memory. Look here:

Install All messed up - with Ubuntu - HELP-mimi_dell_1521_ddr2.png

This suggests the ATI video is using some of your memory, the reason your report only counted 896MB instead of 1GB. The trick is going to be to get 7 to install so we can get the driver updates in place so the laptop will run stable. I would suggest 2GB of memory would help do that, as well as allow 7 to run better all around.

Please look at the bottom of the laptop. You have a cover over one memory slot. Please just look and see if there is a stick of memory there and what size if possible. The second memory slot is underneath the keyboard and is more difficult to access ... later.


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13 Jan 2010   #13
iseeuu

 
 

Mimi;

It is very likely this BIOS update may make installing 7 possible:

Drivers and Downloads

The easy way to install it is while in windows, but since you can't get there, we can also install it by creating a bootable flash drive (USB or a memory card). Please let me know how I can help.

Cheers!
Robert
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13 Jan 2010   #14
gregrocker

 

The problem is the GRUB bootloader for Ubuntu. It is needed to manage a dual boot with any Windows, however it must be removed before Windows install and then reinstalled afterward as given here: “How to” Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 (Ubuntu installed first) - Ubuntu Forums
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14 Jan 2010   #15
Nokoyashi

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 
Updated Bios for Windows 7?

Hi Robert,

Thank you so much for all the info that you provided.

First of all, despite of the potential problems you pointed out, can I go ahead and install Windows 7 now with less than 1 GB RAM (some used by ATI)?

I can boot back up to Vista now. How can I get an updated Bios in Vista and use it afterwards for the install?

Many Thanks...Mimi
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14 Jan 2010   #16
Nokoyashi

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 

Hi Gregrocker,

I followed the instructions from the link that you provided. I booted up Ubuntu with a Ubuntu boot DVD. I am inside the GParted UI. What I saw was only one device:

/dev/sda (149.05 GiB)

Underneath, it says this Partition is "unallocated", File System is "unallocated". For Disk Info, the "DiskLabelType" is "unrecognized".

This laptop dual-boots Vista and Ubuntu. I encountered problem upgrading to Windows 7 Ultimate so I restored to my old Vista. This is my current state. What should I do to my partitions (none allocated now, it seems)?

Please help.

Many Thanks...Mimi
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14 Jan 2010   #17
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Mimi;

It is very likely this BIOS update may make installing 7 possible:

Drivers and Downloads

The easy way to install it is while in windows, but since you can't get there, we can also install it by creating a bootable flash drive (USB or a memory card). Please let me know how I can help.

Cheers!
Robert
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nokoyashi View Post
Hi Robert,

Thank you so much for all the info that you provided.

First of all, despite of the potential problems you pointed out, can I go ahead and install Windows 7 now with less than 1 GB RAM (some used by ATI)?

I can boot back up to Vista now. How can I get an updated Bios in Vista and use it afterwards for the install?

Many Thanks...Mimi
Good morning, Mimi;

From Vista, go to the Dell website link I posted and download the Bios update. Open it and follow the instructions. You can update the Bios from Vista. The Dell owner who posted this said it solved many of his Windows 7 problems.

There is no risk now, so I would recommend trying to install 7 after the Bios update, even with only 1GB of memory.

DDR2 memory is very inexpensive at the moment, if I knew how many sticks were actually installed in your laptop I could determine the cost of adding more memory?

Cheers!
Robert
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14 Jan 2010   #18
Nokoyashi

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 
My Vista Partition map

While I saw only /dev/sda in Ubuntu and is all "unallocated", I captured a partition map from Vista (inserted herein).

Something is not right. I have more than 1 drive active??

What is the course of action for me now?

Many Thanks...Mimi


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File Type: doc MimiLapTop_Partition_Vista.doc (57.0 KB, 8 views)
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14 Jan 2010   #19
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nokoyashi View Post
While I saw only /dev/sda in Ubuntu and is all "unallocated", I captured a partition map from Vista (inserted herein). Something is not right. I have more than 1 drive active?? What is the course of action for me now?

Many Thanks...Mimi
Mimi;

I am not sure you even need to worry about the "Active" status of partitions here, some suggest to mark all partitions "Not Active" except for the Windows partition the new OS is being installed to. It is my understanding that all partitions with an OS need to be "Active". This is a link to Ubuntu, how to add Window 7 where Ubuntu is installed first, and there is no mention of marking a partition active or not.

“How to” Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 (Ubuntu installed first) - Ubuntu Forums

I do have some questions, though:

Install All messed up - with Ubuntu - HELP-mimi_dell_1521_02.png

It would help me to understand what each of these partitions is being used for, if you know?

(BTW, these tutorials show how to grab a screen shot like this and add it to a post. A real time saver for you!
Screenshot and Upload using MWSnap
https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html
Screenshot with Paint )

If you have important data, or if one is being used by Ubuntu, like a "Swap" file, then by all means we need to keep them. The rest we can clean up.

Cheers!
Robert


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14 Jan 2010   #20
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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