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    Linux Guru smolloy's Avatar
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    That's up to you, but it's pretty easy to get Ubuntu and XP running together as "dual-boot".

    If you're willing to learn a little bit about Linux, I think you'll find you really like it (despite this horrible first experience). But, of course, it's your computer, so it's up to you.
    Last edited by smolloy; 09-23-2008 at 10:39 PM.
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    Linux Guru Jonathan183's Avatar
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    Oct 2007
    I think since you have got to this point you may as well see if you can get Ubuntu working ... but it's up to you. If you want to try getting the install you have working then open a terminal and
    sudo -s
    mkdir /manmount
    mount /dev/sda1 /manmount
    cat /manmount/boot/grub/menu.lst
    and post the output and we can try and help sort why you could not get a grub menu.

    If you decide you just want to install XP thats fine ... but you may need to wipe grub off the hard drive first - try to boot from the XP install CD and if that does not work boot using the Ubuntu CD again, open a terminal and type
    sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1
    This will wipe the MBR of the disk so Grub and partition information will be erased ! Windows XP should then install

    If you get curious in future about Linux then use the Wubi install ... this will install Ubuntu without changing partition structure of the disk.

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