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Dual Boot: Vista + Ubuntu

I am looking for the best way to dual boot Vista and Ubuntu (x86) with vista already installed. I have a hp pavilion dv9548us with 120GB and 80GB hard drives (SATA) and vista is installed on the 120GB (Default). What I would like to do is install Ubuntu on a partition of the 80GB which I have shrunk to 60GB to make room for Ubuntu. The trouble that I am having is that I want to leave the Vista MBR intact and use the BIOS to switch between the OSes if it is possible. I am a NOOB when it comes to Linux. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Below is the complete listing of my specs.


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Where is that feature in that BIOS?

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I can't find it.

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In reply to: Where is that feature in that BIOS?

It is under the list of devices that you can boot from.

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Still can't find it.

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I see the devices but no option to choose a partition. Looks like a dead end here.

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bootable devices

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I have two separate hard drives and one drive for each os. You should be able to tell the computer what drive to boot from. This should be primary and secondary drives installed on your computer. I don't think you can specify what partition to boot from without a bootloader such as grub for example.

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Try it.

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Install linux to the second drive and write the boot loader to the second drive. Unplug that first drive just in case you muss up answering the install questions.

Good luck. Sorry I only had one drive and couldn't see how to use this menu with just one drive and two partitions.

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Dual boot

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Thanks for all of your help. Sorry I could not be of more help to you. I am new to all this. Thanks again.

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dual boot

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download grubloader extract the file GRLDR. go to your primary partition and find the file bootmgr now take ownership and rename it bootmgr1 copy grldr and place it in the primary partition where bootmgr resides now you are telling win.exe(bootloader) to load bootmgr(grubloader in disguise) restart and you will have a GRUB menu to boot Vista enter in menu.lst:

# Boot Vista by finding and loading bootmgr1
title Microsoft Windows Vista
find --set-root /bootmgr1
chainloader /bootmgr1

install Ubuntu to sda2 and the installation will automatically add your extra kernel (2.6.14) to the menu.lst to boot ubuntu simply press enter.

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sorry didn't read your full post. you cannot boot from your second drive due to a lot of reasons so if you have the Ubuntu Live cd shrink your first hdd to 80G (you can save your other Vista work to the 2nd Hdd as needed) just insert it and install it on your 1st hdd the cd allows for autuomatic partitioning and also enters your grub menu.lst automatically:

So you will have:

sda1 Ntfs 80G (Vista)

then the Ubuntu cd will automatically select the free space partion it as:

sda2(partition 2 in Linux) and format it Ext3(required Linux file system).

But be sure to select installation manual!! otherwise the cd will format sda1(partition 1) your Vista install.

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Why would someone go to all that partitioning and changing MBR

When simply loading to the 2nd drive and attaching grub to the MBR would be fast simple and workable

Then set grub to boot which ever system you desire

Seem like a lot of useless work to me????

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