Trouble installing Feisty on a DELL Inspiron e1505

Damien Hull dhull at
Tue May 1 02:58:20 UTC 2007

I was helping someone install Ubuntu on a DELL Inspiron e1505. We ran 
into a few problems.

   1. The Live CD for Feisty wouldn't bring up X
   2. The alternative CD showed different partitions
         1. We would like dual boot between Windows and Linux
         2. I'm not sure how to backup all the DELL recovery partitions
               1. I think there were 4 partitions
                     1. MBR
                     2. Windows
                     3. Something in the 2gig range
                     4. Something in the 3 gig range (I think)
   3. Some of the info I found on Google said something about the BIOS
      which I don't want to touch

We booted a copy of Sabayon ( ). X came up 
just fine. Checked the xorg.conf file and found that it was using the 
fglrx driver. I'm not sure how that works but that's what was in the 
xorg.conf file.

Can someone tell me a safe way to dual boot Linux and Windows on this 
laptop? It's not mine and I don't want to damage Windows.

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