No Side By Side Partition Option?

Hewlett-packard Pavilion dv6-1350us note...
January 23, 2010 at 16:41:03
Specs: Windows 7, 8GB RAM
I was told there was a side by side option in the partition selection when installing Ubuntu, but I do not see any! I'm trying to install it through a 9.10 LiveCD; too much of a wimp to actually partition it manually for now, as I don't know enough in all honesty.

The partitioner says I am running several operating systems, which I find as... What? It also shows/lists the following.

Windows 7 (loader)(/dev/sda1) 199MB
Windows 7 (loader)(/dev/sda2) 452.4GB
Windows Vista (loader)(/dev)(/sda3) 13.1GB
/dev/sda4 103MB

All of which are also NTFS except the /dev/sda4 which is FAT32 - if that helps at all.

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January 25, 2010 at 14:09:48
As a noob you might consider using a virtual machine to start. It solves the "linux borked my windows install" by almost 100%.
8 G ram is more than enough. 1 G assigned to the VM would be plenty for new users of ubuntu.

I would use Window to re-size the partition. Even though linux has some tools you can never trust MS. Then you can install ubuntu on the un-partitioned space. Be warned that ubuntu may try to load Grub.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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