Newby question on Dual Boot with WinXP

Alex Mandel tech_dev at
Wed Oct 12 06:39:02 UTC 2005

Gert Blij wrote:
> I use WinXP SP2 with a 100 GB hard drive partitioned in 4 x 25 GB FAT32 
> partitions on a Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop. The 4th partition is empty 
> and I was hoping to install Ubuntu there in a dual boot set-up with WinXP.
> I found the instructions on how to do this in the Wiki. I followed the 
> instructions to the letter, found that Ubuntu wanted different 
> information than described in the instructions, took some educated 
> guesses, only to find I was way too un-educated and had to re-install 
> the laptop from scratch :-(.
> Does anybody know of any detailed and fool proof instructions for 
> installing a dual boot Ubuntu for the above configuration?
> Gert
Ya I guess the wiki instructions are kind of vague, I'll try to improve 
them, guess I'll have to do another install though so I can write a play 
by play.

To help you though, the key is when you get to the part where you have 
to pick a partition to format and install, pick the middle choice - not 
the easy and not the advanced.
Then you should be able to pick the partition you've already made and 
allow Ubuntu to do whatever it wants to it. The important thing to check 
before commiting the changes is that your other partitions are listed 

This has gotten me through 4 dual boot installs. Please feel free to ask 
if you have any more questions.


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