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Windows 7: Help required in Win7 - Ubuntu dual boot install

05 Mar 2010   #1
pranab

Windows 7
 
 
Help required in Win7 - Ubuntu dual boot install

Hello All,
I currently have Win 7 HP installed on my HP dv4 laptop with T6600 processor, 300GB HDD & 4GB RAM. My objective is to install ubuntu 9.10 with Windows 7 in the dual-boot mode. I searched previous posts regarding the same but could not quite find the exact answer. I am writing down the steps I suppose I have to follow. Please correct/advise me wherever you feel I have gone wrong or could go better.


1. Create a separate partition for Ubuntu (install and usage) by shrinking my C drive.
2. Create another partition double the size of my RAM for using it as swap.
3. Restart the machine with the Live CD inserted and select 'Try ubuntu without any change to your computer' to see if things are running fine with the CD.
4. After the Booting is done, click on Install.
5. Fill in sequentially the language, Timezone and keyboard layout.
6. After reaching the prepare disk space screen, choose 'Specify Partitions manually'.
7.On the prepare partition screen, I will be able to figure out the partition for Ubuntu and Swap with their size.
8.Select the partition created for Ubuntu configure it as 'ext4' with mount point '/', also click format partition.
9.Select the partition created for Swap, and configure it as 'linux swap'.
10. Clicking on forward should take me to the screen which asks to fill name and password details.
11. Clicking on forward and install should start the installation process.

Thanks in advance



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05 Mar 2010   #2
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pranab View Post
Hello All,
I currently have Win 7 HP installed on my HP dv4 laptop with T6600 processor, 300GB HDD & 4GB RAM. My objective is to install ubuntu 9.10 with Windows 7 in the dual-boot mode. I searched previous posts regarding the same but could not quite find the exact answer. I am writing down the steps I suppose I have to follow. Please correct/advise me wherever you feel I have gone wrong or could go better.


1. Create a separate partition for Ubuntu (install and usage) by shrinking my C drive.
2. Create another partition double the size of my RAM for using it as swap.
3. Restart the machine with the Live CD inserted and select 'Try ubuntu without any change to your computer' to see if things are running fine with the CD.
4. After the Booting is done, click on Install.
5. Fill in sequentially the language, Timezone and keyboard layout.
6. After reaching the prepare disk space screen, choose 'Specify Partitions manually'.
7.On the prepare partition screen, I will be able to figure out the partition for Ubuntu and Swap with their size.
8.Select the partition created for Ubuntu configure it as 'ext4' with mount point '/', also click format partition.
9.Select the partition created for Swap, and configure it as 'linux swap'.
10. Clicking on forward should take me to the screen which asks to fill name and password details.
11. Clicking on forward and install should start the installation process.

Thanks in advance
Hello prenab;

You have though things out pretty well! Did some homework to. Good for you! I was happy with the default settings Ubuntu 9.10 used for the install and did not need all the manual steps you have listed. I just created the empty space, say 10 to 12GB at the end of my hard drive and told Ubuntu to install to the empty space. It did everything else, no problem.

Cheers!
Robert
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05 Mar 2010   #3
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Have you tried WUBI
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05 Mar 2010   #4
isaaclopez

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit (x86)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
Have you tried WUBI
I was going to ask that. WUBI is an easy installer for Ubuntu. All you do is insert the DVD into your drive while on Windows 7 and choose the WUBI install option. When I installed Kubuntu on my laptop I used WUBI because I knew sooner or later I would want more disk space. When you use WUBI you can easily uninstall Ubuntu from the Control Panel
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05 Mar 2010   #5
pranab

Windows 7
 
 

Robert,
I will see if could go the way you have mentioned.

kodi,isaaclopez,
I did go through the option of using wubi. But the reason I am staying away is that after I have two operating systems with me I do not want to lose both of them if something goes wrong with one i.e losing Ubuntu if Win 7 goes mad.

Thanks for your suggestions anyways
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06 Mar 2010   #6
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

You did not mention how you wanted the boot handled. If you want to leave Win 7 in control, check out the link. Notice especially the part about the advanced button and loading Grub onto the Linux partition and not the MBR. There are some differences, like ext3 is no longer the only option.

Ubuntu - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki
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07 Mar 2010   #7
pranab

Windows 7
 
 

saltgrass, thx for the suggestion. I installed ubuntu and installed GRUB on the same partition as the Ubuntu leaving the MBR untouched. Used EasyBCD to add a new entry for linux but choosing the added option at startup does not lead to anywhere..seems I have to start a new thread now with proper title
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07 Mar 2010   #8
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Can you attach a snipping tool picture of your disk management. I have done the procedure twice in the last few days and it works for me. There was someone on another forum that it did not work for but don't know why.

And you are using the EasyBCD beta 2.0....?
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07 Mar 2010   #9
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pranab View Post
saltgrass, thx for the suggestion. I installed ubuntu and installed GRUB on the same partition as the Ubuntu leaving the MBR untouched. Used EasyBCD to add a new entry for linux but choosing the added option at startup does not lead to anywhere..seems I have to start a new thread now with proper title
pranab;
You do not need to start a new thread unless you just want to ...

Ubuntu 9.10 installs Grub2, all of the tutorials and instructions for previous versions are limited in how much they apply now. For example, we used to edit the file menu.lst to arrange the boot order or priority. This no longer applies to Grub2 so if you decide to make Windows the default boot OS instead of Ubuntu please let me know.

Also versions of EasyBCD prior to version 2 do not recognize the new Grub2. You will need to download EasyBCD2 to create the Ubuntu entry in Windows.

Please let us know how we can help?

Cheers!
Robert
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30 Mar 2010   #10
pranab

Windows 7
 
 

Robert and Saltgrass, thx for your suggestions. I used EasyBCD 2.0 to add an entry for Ubuntu in Windows boot manager which when chosen at start-up does lead me to the grub menu.
However, I am facing a frustrating problem after I choose the options from the grub menu (default kernel login or the recovery mode . More than half of the times I have tried, choosing the default kernel option from the grub menu leads me to a blank black screen with a white cursor blinking at the top left which would not stop blinking till eternity. Finally, it forces me to force shutdown my laptop and the no. of times I have done this could already have done some damage to my HDD. Similarly, choosing the kernel - recovery mode option from the grub menu most of the times shows on screen some stuff(libraries/services) being loaded onto the system but soon the dreadful cursor reappears this time though at the bottom left.
The other times, choosing the default option at grub menu works fine and leads me to the login screen and the after eating up the password, Ubuntu loads & works perfectly fine. The recovery mode chosen during these merciful times also works perfectly.

I am attaching a screenshot of my Win Disk Mgt if that could be of some help. Could somebody pls help me out of this mess.
Thx in advance.


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