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trying to get dual boot ubuntu running on my sig rig

anyone have a good BEGINNER's guide? i have no experience w/ linux..
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Since it's changed to 10.10. I doubt you'll find an updated guide. A lot of the guides I have found, like the one below.

http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2010/11/04...and-windows-7/

Makes it a little complicated for someone new to installing Ubuntu, with all the having to set boot partition etc. I wish I could explain it easier for you. Basically split the Windows partition (one hdd) and install it on the second partition. You'll get a bootloader that will automatically allow you to boot into Ubuntu/Windows.
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Load up the disk and one screen will ask you to set up partitions.

Select "Side by Side" and move the slider to choose how big to split your partitions.

Proceed through the menus and let it install. GRUB will install over Windows' MBR and automatically put Windows' path into GRUB.
    
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You have two options. Well a few, depending on what your HDD setup is.

If you want it on the same drive, either install to a blank partition, or resize your current one and install a side by side. For that, the install disc of your flavor should do that all on its own. You can also accomplish it with gparted. Burn that to disc and boot into it, and shrink/resize your windows partition to leave whatever space you want. After that, you can use your install disc and select the blank partition during the installation. If it asks you if you want to install the bootloader to the MBR, say yes.

For future knowledge, it's always best to install linux last and use its bootloader (GRUB) to manage your OSes because it is the most versatile, and not to mention windows will not recognize linux partitions.

It's fairly automated, but if you have more questions post back.
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What OS are you dual booting with and how is your drive partitioned?

Or are you planning on installing both OS' on a new disk?

Edit: Either way this is a pretty good guide. The install method hasn't changed at all between 10.04 and 10.10.

http://www.hackourlife.com/dual-boot...04-lucid-lynx/
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Boot up the Live Cd in Live Mode.

Choose System --> Administration --> (Gnome) Partition Manager - it may be called gParted

You should see that the bar is a teal- this means it is formatted as NTFS, which is a windows partition. Drag the slider to make this bar smaller. You may see a another one which is the recovery partition some manufacturers use these days.

Don't try to create linux partitions and Click apply, when your happy. There is no going back after this step.

After this exit the partitioner and click on the install icon.

Go through the installer as normal until you reach the "Partition Hard Drrives." Do not choose 'guided' or try to partition the hard drive using the installer - as you have done that already.

Instead, select Use "Largest Continuous Free Space" - ubuntu will install itself in the free space you created by shrinking the NTFS partition.

Click OK, run through the rest of the installer. You will want to install grub, and ubuntu should do the rest. It should even recognise your windows partition's data and stuff.

Click install if your ready to take the plunge...and good luck.
    
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You don't need to do all that. There is a partitioner right in the installation.
    
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trying to get dual boot ubuntu running on my sig rig

anyone have a good BEGINNER's guide? i have no experience w/ linux..
Ubuntu 10.10 has Dual boot wizard.
    
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