Linux Ubuntu, dual boot installation problem during partitioning, any expert!?

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    Linux Ubuntu, dual boot installation problem during partitioning, any expert!?

    Hi friends! any expert on Linux Ubuntu.
    1. I have windows xp on my notebook compaq presario v2000.
    2. Wanted to load linux as dual boot.
    3. Tried with Suse linux, but there was some blank or black screen problem after installation.
    4. Someone suggested Ubuntu linux.
    5. Downloaded and burned ubuntu on a cd.
    6. But this time during installation during partitioning there was a serious problem.
    7. On ubuntu webpage they say for partiioning i will get 4 option, but i got only three options in my cd.
    8. The missing option was the most important , which was required for dual boot. " Guided resize and use free space".
    9. So i had to abort my Ubuntu installation as using any other option could have effected my current xp installation or might have formated my whole notebook.
    10. So any comment why the dual boot partitioning option was absent in my ubuntu cd.
    11. Or there is some thing to be activated in my notebook setting to enable dual boot.
    12. Waiting for your expert comments.
    13. Thanks!!!
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    Ubuntu's installer is poorly designed in some ways -- you are right to be careful with it.

    Here's the issue: Your windows partition takes the entire drive, right? Unless it was already resized by Suse, that means the installer will have to do it. Make sure you have enough free space to do that.

    Choose the "Custom" option. This should show your existing partitions. If there is already an ext3/4 (linux) partition there, use that and you won't have to resize anything. If not, you can decide how big you want the partition to be.

    The installer will automatically detect the windows partition and you will see a menu at boot up allowing you to choose which OS to use.
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    I actually prefer to resize partitions and prepare the needed free space before installing.
    I would boot from the Live CD of Ubuntu, run Gparted. Shrink the Windows XP partition to the desired size. When task is finished - reboot into Windows - wait till it checks the disk to make sure the partition is not damaged. Then - start the installation using the freed space
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    Quote Originally Posted by vart View Post
    I actually prefer to resize partitions and prepare the needed free space before installing.
    Me too, depending on my mood. Also obviously back your important data up.
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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    I'm too lazy to repartition. I just keep buying external drives to put operating systems on. You can get a 1 TB external drive for $80. Is it worth $80 to not risk my data with live repartitioning? You bet.
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    Just as I thought - copy/paste spammer
    Same identical post all over the place.
    They're not interested in answers, they just dug up some old question, and spammed away.
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