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ok, trying to install Xububtu from the dvd now. I defraged and backed up xp before i started...basically, it's an 80 gig HD, with almost nothing on it...78% free. but ...
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    ok, trying to install Xububtu from the dvd now. I defraged and backed up xp before i started...basically, it's an 80 gig HD, with almost nothing on it...78% free. but when i got to the partition part of the install, it's saying only 8 meg. free ? the auto install on the dvd is only for wiping the disc completly--I want to dual boot for the moment-- do the partitions have to be done in xp before I do the xbuntu install ? this is my last hurtle. thanks for any help...and i am reading all the faqs, but just still don't quite get this part of it.

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    Try the GParted CD or PartedMagic CD - link to GParted GParted LiveCD 0.3.4-10 - Linux Downloads Directory

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    I think it sounds like you only have one partition. What you need to do is use the above posted program to create a new partition with space on it so that you can install your linux to that.

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    Boot up from Xubuntu DVD or GParted CD, open Terminal and execute this
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    sudo fdisk -l
    Post output here.

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    Boot up Windows and type diskmgmt.msc in Run Dialog box. Post partition structure here.
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    The actual partition size is really up to the individual user as long as they are big enough to hold all data that will need to be stored on them. I usually setup my own partitions something like this:

    Code:
    / (about 8 to 12 GB, ext3)
    swap (about 512 MB, swap)
    /home (about 8 to 12 GB, ext3)
    I usually don't bother with creating a separate /boot partition.

    You don't have to create a separate /home partition, but doing so can have some benefits.
    oz

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    catch 22 ?

    ok thanks every one, thing is, tell me if Im wrong, I just read that you can't actually USE gparted from the dvd...but the whole reason I need gparted is to install xbunutu :$ so, what amI not understaning here ? 2. heck at this point: if i can run itunes from ubuntu, im just gonna wipe that dang windows right out... does any one here use itunes ? I know it said i can listen to my ipod from a ubuntu client, but can i actually install and run the itunes/quiktime from it ?
    3. and I just read there is a video editing program being worked on... if that pans out, I have absolutly no reason to have vista on the other machine either. when i get home, im gonna try to get this thing installed if it kills me...or I mean kills windos :P

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    You can use the PartedMagic LiveCD for working with your partitions. Gparted is included on the disk and can be used for formating, expanding, shrinking, deleting, etc.

    It's a small download, quick burn to CD, and is very easy to use.
    oz

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    re:

    ok I got parted magic burned onto a c.d, but i ended up spending all my time last night, putting xbuntu on an old dell laptop, that had a non-booting hard drive... it sounded like a car crash, all the clunks and pops. but it installed and is working perfectly, so tonight back to trying to partition the desktop: one thing, it will not let me even look at the diskmgnt.msc in run. in windows, so hopefully parted magic will make it work, thanks all.

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