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So I downloaded ubuntu 64 10.10 and I'm trying to get it to install side by side with windows. Unfortuantely, everytime I try to run it, I get what looks like a loading icon in the bottom of the screen then nothing but a blinking cursor.

This is on my brand new
Toshiba Satellite a665D-S6082
Laptop.

So any ideas?
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Try 10.04. I hate 10.10.
    
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why am I only getting a blinking cursor though?
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Side by side? You aren't using wubi are you?


Do you get to the grub bootloader first?
    
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bad media? try to burn another copy.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nathris View Post
Side by side? You aren't using wubi are you?


Do you get to the grub bootloader first?
Yeah, I want to dual boot linux / windows 7

Unfortunately I don't even get what appears to be grub. I get an devian loader and then I get a blinking cursor.
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post #7 of 37
Put a later version on a disk like 10.04 or something. 10.10 might not support something you have. Video card or something, who knows, give it a go
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I've never gotten an installer partition tool to work. I always boot a live usb, use gparted, and then install on the new partitions.
    
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post #9 of 37
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well i got 10.04 up and running however, now windows 7 refuses to load and bsod's on the windows loading screen.
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Quote:
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well i got 10.04 up and running however, now windows 7 refuses to load and bsod's on the windows loading screen. <and previously> trying to get it to install side by side with windows
This really sounds like a WUBI install OR one of those two disk installs where the Windows disk is either removed or it's boot order changed. Is it any of these?

Ubuntu 10.10 uses Grub2 which is actually quite good at automatically recognizing and adding other systems to it's boot menu including Win 7. Once Grub2 hands off the boot process to NTLDR et al, all Linux is out of the picture and has zero effect on the Windoze boot process, especially because but not at all limited to the fact that Win 7 can't read Linux file systems.

So first of all it would be smart to outline exactly how you installed Ubuntu, starting with if and how you created the Linux partitions. It is worthy of note that Win 7 creates a hidden partition for recovery purposes. Even if the problem is due to you incorrectly wiping that out or moving it in order, that is fixable. So don't freak. Be clear, thorough and precise and you will get it all back.

I just really hope it isn't WUBI.
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