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Anyone know where I can find a guide or can you tell me? I am trying to boot XP & Ubuntu off the same hard drive and I've already made a 25 GB partition for it, but when I go to install, I get a "Fatal Error" when it fails to install the Grub boot manager. I also don't get an option not to install it? Soo confused.
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i did this a few months back and mine worked flawlessly. i installed XP first on a partition, then Ubuntu and i had no problems.

do you have any more details about the error?

try another CD?
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i did this a few months back and mine worked flawlessly. i installed XP first on a partition, then Ubuntu and i had no problems.

do you have any more details about the error?

try another CD?
It said something like, Could not install Grub, this is a fatal error. I'm pretty sure it's not the CD, because I also used it on a friends comp right after and it install just fine on a hard drive that we didn't dual boot.
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maybe try a new format and partition.. then reinstall windows and ubuntu
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Yea, I really don't want to reformat windows. I actually did it just last week...
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Do you have two hard drives installed? I had a similar issue before and it was caused just b/c I have to hard drives. So I just unplugged the on and installed grub and the plugged the other one back in and made sure the bios booted the right drive.
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http://video.stumbleupon.com/#p=f8bn85t8kr

I used this, it worked perfectly, if possible it is best to use two computers, one with the video and the one you are putting ubuntu on.
    
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Do you have two hard drives installed? I had a similar issue before and it was caused just b/c I have to hard drives. So I just unplugged the on and installed grub and the plugged the other one back in and made sure the bios booted the right drive.
I have two hard drivers, but I am trying to install it on my drive with windows. I already have the partitions worked out.

@True: I'm gonna check on that video right now.
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That is really weird man, never heard of that..
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post #10 of 10
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Hmm, well I followed what that video said and it worked like a charm. I guess Ubuntu likes to make it's own partition. Now, I just need to figure out how to make Windows my default OS...
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