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Can I install Ubuntu on a 3rd partition?

by stevenorquist / January 28, 2010 12:24 PM PST

I have my internal hard drive set up with 3 partitions. on the 1st partition I have XP sp1. I use that for a backup operating system. On the 2nd partition I have XP sp3 and I use it as my primary operating system. The 3rd partition is the largest and I use it just for storage. I dont really need it because I recently purchased a large external drive. I really want to try the Linux based Ubuntu operating system. Can I install it on the 3rd partition?

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Virtual setup
by Willy / January 28, 2010 10:41 PM PST

Here's the rub, you can install as many OSes as you like "PROVIDED" they don't interfere with each other. Now, saying that and doing that are two different things. Trail and error is the most instructive lesson you can learn. You already got a difficult setup now with XP sp1 and sp3 both installed. So, if you don't want your hard work wasted, take it one step at a time. The boot.ini file will have to involved during all this, so I suggest you save the current working one and/or NTldr file to return to before if all fails. In a round about way, if you've tried the "live Ubuntu CD version" you get an idea how that OS will work. You can "sandbox" it using a "virtual setup" allowing its install within its parameters and see how things work. Google more for virtual and check it out. I assume you already have some arrangement now to tell which OS to boot, like the startup menu.

tada -----Willy Happy

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by Phil Crase / January 28, 2010 11:19 PM PST

On primary drive, download and run the WUBI installer, shouldn't be an issue, assuming you have enough drive space. requires about 17 GB.

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thanks willy and phil.
by stevenorquist / January 29, 2010 2:18 AM PST
In reply to: Ubuntu

I got her running. Now I'm having trouble trying to figure out how to install my linksys wmp300n wireless card and radeon graphics card. windows is all I've ever known. I'll be patient.

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Device drivers
by Willy / January 29, 2010 8:11 AM PST
In reply to: thanks willy and phil.

You usual place to see if any drivers are available is to check the maker's support website. If not there or unavailable then google away fro linux versions or the Linux world of things. It really makes a difference in that the more common(or popular) a device is the more likely you'll find Linux support for it.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Drivers, etc
by Phil Crase / January 29, 2010 11:26 PM PST
In reply to: thanks willy and phil.


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thanks you guys.
by stevenorquist / January 30, 2010 10:23 AM PST
In reply to: Drivers, etc

I found a bunch of stuff on how to install the drivers. It looks pretty complicated though. Not stuff I'm familiar with. I'm going to give it a try in a few days. It's a pain in the butt having to pull my graphics card out each time I want to boot Ubuntu. Otherwise the system hangs up on boot. I'm a single dad with 2 toddlers and my littlest one was diagnosed with pnuemonia today so I'm gonna just spend time with him and come back to it when he's healthy. thank you.


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