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 Post subject: Linux dual boot question
New postPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:42 pm 

I was wondering if I could dual boot window xp and Linux(Ubuntu) but having it boot only into Linux if I pressed and held F12, otherwise it would boot straight into windows xp and how would I set that up?


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 Post subject: Re: Linux dual boot question
New postPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:30 am 

Sure, it's not that difficult. If you already have XP installed, just cut off a bit of your hard drive for Linux (I usually do about 20GB), and install it on that partition. It automatically installs the GRUB open source bootloader, which is pretty easy to configure. You can set it up to go straight to Windows, and with a time delay as well so that when you want to go into Ubuntu you can select it. (I usually set my time delay around 3 seconds). Search on a Ubuntu forum for configuring GRUB and setting up Ubuntu. I think you'll like it!



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New postPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:08 am 

you will need a software called "Gparted" *Free License* which you can find it in here http://gparted.sourceforge.net/faq.php
the above link already contains the FAQ and How To ... cheers



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 Post subject: Re: Linux dual boot question
New postPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:34 am 

freeman wrote:
I was wondering if I could dual boot window xp and Linux(Ubuntu) but having it boot only into Linux if I pressed and held F12, otherwise it would boot straight into windows xp and how would I set that up?


ya use gparted



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 Post subject: Re: Linux dual boot question
New postPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:50 pm 

Okay but will it allow me to just press and hold F12 to boot into Linux and if I am not holding F12 just boot straight into Windows


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 Post subject: Re: Linux dual boot question
New postPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:03 pm 

Get Wubi....

http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubunt ... -installer

Forum to help you:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1063005

These should be good.

BTW..GParted now supports SATA!! I just partitioned my Drive this past weekend...



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New postPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:51 pm 

Okay, I have Ubuntu and Wubi but how do I set up the boot loader so that it will boot into Windows XP if I don't press and hold F12.


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New postPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:52 pm 

I hate to break it to you, but you won't get the F12 function you're looking for. The F12 key-hold thing is more of a BIOS thing than a bootloader thing, and I don't think any of the bootloaders out there support it. It will automatically boot into an OS with a time delay set so that you have a couple seconds to choose the other OS. That's how it works. Sorry!



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New postPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:45 pm 

Okay but could I somehow set the time delay so that it would go almost directly into windows?


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Of course. I bet you could set the delay to 1 second. Search the Ubuntu forums to find out how to change the boot delay and default option in GRUB.



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