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Install along side another OS not available when installing Ubuntu 10.10

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I have a computer that I'm attempting to install Ubuntu 10.10.  I've cleanly installed Windows XP Home Edition and have now booted to a CD.  During the Ubuntu 10.10 installation I do not get the option for installing the OS along side another.  I've tried using USB and CD to no avail.  These images are good images as I've used them to load other computers with no issues.  Thanks in advance.
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By default ubuntu won't overwrite a existing OS, it will automagically install it as a dual boot alongside your existing XP partition
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To be clear, if I do not receive the "along side" option all is still well?  During the installation it says erase and use entire disk.  Are you saying that it will not do this?  Thank you
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no sorry, it sounds like you have only a single partition, if that is the case you will either have to shrink the partition or wipe the disk, create 2 partitons, install xp on 1 then when you install linux it will use the other.

you can resize a partition, either using  something like partitonmagic inn windows, or gparted on a linux boot cd
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by:1namyln
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Something was funky with the way the partition was created initially.  I reloaded the machine from scratch with XP.  After doing so I was able to get the "install along side another OS" option.  Thanks for your assistance.
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