Trying to Dual-Boot XP and Ubuntu, but...

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  1. Sexual Vanilla

    Sexual Vanilla New Member

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    So I download and burn the Ubuntu ISO to a disc, and boot it up. I choose "Start or Install Ubuntu," and I get a message that the Linux kernel is loading. After about a minute, what appears to be an Ubuntu loading screen appears, with a loading bar at the bottom. This screen will disappear after about a minute, and I am left with a blank screen. I waited 10 minutes, but nothing ever appeared. I powered down and rebooted...and have since tried it multiple times, but with the same result. What gives?

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    Here are the specs of my laptop if it matters...
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    I am following the instructions as seen here, but obviously not getting past the first page: http://apcmag.com/6101/dualboot_windows_xp_and_ubuntu
     
  2. peerk

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    Did you try safe grapics mode?

    On the screen that says "Start or install Ubuntu" hit f1 to go to help. It will explain some of the other boot parameters you can try. And to enter the boot parameters hit f6.

    And check out
    http://ubuntuforums.org/
     
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    What Ubuntu version? 7.04?
     
  4. Sexual Vanilla

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    Affirmative.
     
  5. PLC

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    I run Ubuntu and XP Pro on my notebook... i had no problems installing.
     
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    Okay, I've realized the problem. Core 2 Duo processors require the AMD64 Ubuntu installation rather than the 386. I downloaded the AMD64 installation and it runs through fine. However, I've ran into another problem. When I try to install Ubuntu, the option to resize my partition is not listed as seen in this screenshot:
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    The only option I'm given is to erase entire disk...overwriting my existing installation. :wtc:

    PLC, how did you create a partition to install Ubuntu on, while not overwriting your existing XP installation?
     
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    Okay, solved this problem as well...actually, didn't really solve it. It just went away. I tried the installation a few times, and on the 3rd try, the resize option appeared. All is well in Ubuntu/XP land.

    A few quick questions though...XP seems like it is taking a bit longer to boot up than before I installed Ubuntu (like a minute or two). Is this normal? Also, say I totally hated Ubuntu once I got to use it for a while. How hard would it be (if it's even possible) to delete the Ubuntu installation and remove the partition so that my XP install is back the way it was prior to the Ubuntu installation?
     
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    Whoak. Ubuntu isn't ready.
     
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    Go into your BIOS and make sure logical block addressing(LBA) is enabled.

    If you can't boot into windows and you want remove grub, boot off your XP CD and enter the recovery console. Then type fixmbr.
     
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    So yeah...had I known it would have been this huge of a pain in the ass to install my wireless card (still haven't been able to get it working), I would have not bothered with this installation.
     
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    Never EVER get the Dell wireless cards. Stick with the Centrino-certified cards, like the 2200BG. Those work out-of-box with Ubuntu.
     
  12. Sexual Vanilla

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    My time spent with Ubuntu was short and not so sweet. It's back to Windows for me...at least until I don't have to code my own fucking driver to use half the things on my notebook.
     
  13. Conrad Metcalf

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    Coud you elaborate a bit on that?

    (posting from a windows xp/kubuntu dual boot wireless laptop from a coffee shop..
    I got my wireless working fine after a while)
     
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    I dual booted XP/Ubuntu yesterday and all is well.

    This is the 3rd time I've installed Ubuntu (twice on VMWare) and I think I'm gonna keep it. Even thought it hasn't been more thana day or 2, I haven't even booted into XP. I am forcing myself to learn this stuff.

    Is setting up wireless that hard? That's my next project.
     
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    BTW, if you ever do go back, "Manually edit partition table" is the option to select. It's the last option.
     
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    Well first off, after a day and a half of scouring the interwebs for an answer, I could not get my internal wireless-n card to work. On top of that, something was fucked up with my display driver. I could only display in 800x600, as it was the only option available in the screen resolution settings, despite countless "fixes" and "packages" I installed. It seemed to me that Ubuntu driver installation was an endless loop of "Okay, so you want to install Package X. Very well, go here. Oh wait, in order to install X, you need Y and Z, which also needs N and Q. We don't know where N is, so good luck."

    I learned to hate the terminal because of this.

    Needless to say, Ubuntu will have to be a bit more user/driver friendly before I return, especially since Windows XP serves me quite well.
     
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    Check out ndiswrapper...did you browse the Ubuntu forums or other Linux
    discussion sites for help?

    (If you like building models, or puting Ikea furniture together you may like linux more that someone who does not....)
     
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    You may want to browse Dell support sites for help...It seems Dell is
    putting Ubuntu on this model so you should be able to get everything to
    work...

    Inspiron E1505 to Be Dell’s First Ubuntu Linux Laptop

    http://laptoping.com/dell-inspiron-e1505-ubuntu-linux.html
     
  19. Sexual Vanilla

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    Yeah, checked out ndiswrapper and Dell's site, as well as spent 2 days on the Ubuntu forums. I have the new(ish) Draft-N card, which is wireless G and wireless N, so compatible drivers for Ubuntu are no where to be found. However, the Inspiron that Dell is placing Ubuntu on has the standard B/G card and drivers are readily available.
     
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    I have been messing around with this as well as a result of this thread...

    So, I too am trying the dual boot with XP and ubuntu, using the same guide as the OP, but i don't see the same choices as the guide. when it comes to the partition stage, which option should I use?? If i choose the first option, will I lose my XP partition? should i maybe use partition magic to make a 7 or 8 GB blank partition for ubuntu and then choose it at this stage?
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    Mine did the same thing. I had to re-initiate the installation a few times...eventually it popped up as it shows in the guide.
     
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    heh...alrighty.

    also, on the guide it says there are 6 steps but mine shows there are 7.

    heh?
     
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    I tried a few different guides, but got lost on the partitioning as well. What I ended up doing was making 2 partitions during the XP setup. I installed XP on the first partition and Ubuntu on the other.
     
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    You may want to look at the Linuxant site, they have a DriverLoader
    program that may be of help. Ndiswrapper has worked for me, so I haven't
    had the need to use DriverLoader. You may want to check out other peoples'
    opinions of DriverLoader on the net before doing it....

    http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/

    i think there is a $20.00 or so fee to get a permanent license to use it.
     

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