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winxp/ubunto dual boot

Posted on 2007-03-28
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After using windows for ages (from win 3.1) I decided to try ubuntu.
Actually last night I found the first video in this page
http://www.ubuntuvideo.com/
and made my mind to try it out.

I have a PC running on windows XP Sp2  (Dell Dimension 8250) with two
partitions (C-D) each one 40Gbyte.
I downloaded the iso image file from http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu and
burned it into a CD.

Now I'm ready to go. and this is my question.
How can I set my pc to dual boot into xp/ubuntu. ( I hope there's a solution)

Many thanks for any kind of advice/help



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Delete the partitions on the disk you want to install ubuntu on, then boot the CD. It'll boot into the real ubuntu GUI, and there is an "install" icon. Just click it and reply to the questions. It'll then install to the empty partition and install the grub bootmanager so you can select which OS to boot to.

If you just want to test ubuntu, you don't have to install it, as when it is booted from the CD, it is fully functional (it'll just be slow because of the CD access, and any settings will be lost at next reboot).
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thanks for your reply.

Is the CD contain grub bootmanager or I have to download it from somewhere?

I booted my pc from the CD while I was waiting for a reply here. But the result was
completely different with the video I watched http://www.ubuntuvideo.com/
In the video everything has 3D effects, while I had very simple effects.
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The CD contains and install everything you need when you install it. When you answer the setup Questions you'll get options where you choose how to install and what should be done with already installed systems.

The Video you were watching is for a beta version of Ubuntu and it needs hardware that can cope with those effects. Probably it also doesn't run that way by default, it will need "Tweaking" (on the site of that video it says something about "Tweaked Desktop", and on that page it also says it is running on a ATI radeon X1300 Grafics card.
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thanks for your help
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your welcome
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