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I am having a problem installing Kubuntu 11.04 on a HP 210 netbook and Linux Mint 11 on a Compaq laptop alongside Windows 7. The installation app doesn't give me ...
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    problem installing dual boot


    I am having a problem installing Kubuntu 11.04 on a HP 210 netbook and Linux Mint 11 on a Compaq laptop alongside Windows 7. The installation app doesn't give me the option to install dual boot, it just wants to use the entire hard drive.
    I'd like to keep Windows since I paid for it, and some things on the College website only work with it.
    Is there a fix for this?

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    You should have an option to Allocate Drive Space and on that page, select specify partitions manually. This will give you more control. There is never an option to "dual-boot" specifically as I'm sure you have never seen that option while installing windows.

    I haven't installed Kubuntu 11.04 but the previous version which had three options and the one which gives you the most control is the one mentioned above.

    You haven't given enough information for anyone to give you any more specific advice. If you don't understand, you need to post specific problems or error messages. I would also suggest that you take notes of each step for further use in case you run into problems.

    You should see the same Allocate Drive Space page for Linux Mint.

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    I researched it a bit more. I think it has to do with already having the maximum number of primary partitions on the hard drive. I'll either have to delete a partition or format the free space as an extended partition.

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    Could you post the output of sudo fdisk -l command here?
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    In addition to posting the output of the command suggested above, it would be a good idea to keep separate the information on each computer to avoid confusion. If you post the partition information requested above, someone should be able to give you more specific instructions. Incidentally, it is a lower case Letter L in the command not a number one.

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    I'm sorry it took a while, it's been a busy week. Here is the fdisk -l for the HP 210 netbook. I had shrunk the Windows partition to make room for Linux:

    Disk
    /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xc2da2856


    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

    /dev/sda1 * 1 26 203776 7 HPFS/NTFS
    Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.

    /dev/sda2 26 11560 92647424 7 HPFS/NTFS

    /dev/sda3 17934 19445 12132352 7 HPFS/NTFS

    /dev/sda4 19445 19458 105304 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

    Disk
    /dev/sdb: 4063 MB, 4063232000 bytes
    125 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1024 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 7750 * 512 = 3968000 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000044cb


    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 1 1024 3967969 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

    Disk
    /dev/sdc: 519 MB, 519569408 bytes
    17 heads, 32 sectors/track, 1865 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 544 * 512 = 278528 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xc3072e18


    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 1 1866 507376 6 FAT16

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    Maximum of 4 primary partitions is the problem. I think your options are - delete or move an existing partition to a logical partition, do a wubi install, install to another hard drive. I suggest you leave the OS partition where it is and move a data partition to a logical partition ... usual advice about backing up data before changing partitions applies. I'm not sure if something like gparted will let you migrate a primary partition to a logical partition directly ... I have not had that problem.

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    I have run across some instructions at:
    How to dual-boot Linux Mint Debian Edition and Windows 7

    They recommend setting the Linux partition as an extended (logical) partition, setting up boot, swap, /, and home. They put grub in the extended partition and used EasyBCD to add Linux to the Windows boot manager.
    Does this sound like a good way to go about it?

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    That should work. I would suggest reading some of the documentation at the neosmart site on EasyBCD before proceeding.
    You could also install Grub2 from Mint to the master boot record of the drive and it should detect windows 7.
    Whichever you're more comfortable with.

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    I finally found time to work on the netbook, deleted the recovery partition and I got it partitioned and installed. "Easy"BCD didn't work for me, so I went back and put grub on /dev/sda. Now to install Mint with Windows 7 on our laptops.
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