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How to dual boot Linux 13.04 and Windows 8?

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July 17, 2013 11:18:37 PM

Hi,
My laptop shipped with windows 7 pre installed. Then i reformatted the HDD and installed windows 8. Now i want to run linux along with windows 8. My HDD is as follows.
C Drive: 50 gb
D Drive: 90 gb
E Drive: 90 gb
there are no any hidden partition except system reserved by windows.
i want to install linux by shrinking c drive. is this possible? if yes, how? i dont want to loose anything. If there is a guide to follow please please help. i really want to try linux and i have already downloaded the required iso of ubuntu.

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July 17, 2013 11:23:09 PM

Ram Sharma said:
Hi,
My laptop shipped with windows 7 pre installed. Then i reformatted the HDD and installed windows 8. Now i want to run linux along with windows 8. My HDD is as follows.
C Drive: 50 gb
D Drive: 90 gb
E Drive: 90 gb
there are no any hidden partition except system reserved by windows.
i want to install linux by shrinking c drive. is this possible? if yes, how? i dont want to loose anything. If there is a guide to follow please please help. i really want to try linux and i have already downloaded the required iso of ubuntu.



ubuntu will do it for you automatically , all what you will have to do is tell it the resize value and the drive ..

it is automated . just boot from USB flash and follow the instruction.

use Yumi to make a flash unbuntu

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator...

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July 17, 2013 11:50:45 PM

hi
thanx for the prompt reply. i have read somewhere about MBR conflict between windows and linux..it this true? should i choose install ubuntu alongside windows 8 or should is choose 'something else'?
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July 17, 2013 11:57:12 PM

i have downloaded 'universal usb installer'. and please help me with the disk partition while installing with above informations....i want to shrink c drive and install in it. is 15 gb sufficient for ubuntu?

thanks in advance!
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July 18, 2013 12:04:14 AM

Ram Sharma said:
i have downloaded 'universal usb installer'. and please help me with the disk partition while installing with above informations....i want to shrink c drive and install in it. is 15 gb sufficient for ubuntu?

thanks in advance!



you will need around 5 G for system , and the virtual space double your memory so around 8G if you have 4G , and 16G if your notebook has 8G ram .. and the rest is your own space for programs and files and data

I d say go for 25G minimum
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July 18, 2013 4:20:46 AM

For people reading this make sure that you install both under UEFI or legacy in the bios, one or the other, no mix and match allowed.
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July 18, 2013 8:28:45 AM

could u make it clear please?
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July 19, 2013 1:23:52 AM

Ram Sharma said:
hi
thanx for the prompt reply. i have read somewhere about MBR conflict between windows and linux..it this true? should i choose install ubuntu alongside windows 8 or should is choose 'something else'?


Yes there is a conflict generally if Windows 8 is installed first and the system is set to UEFI most Linux distros wont be able to boot. However with windows 7 it will still work.
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July 19, 2013 2:19:08 AM

i have windows 8 already installed and i guess i dnot have UEFI! could it pose a problem or not?
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July 19, 2013 10:33:07 AM

Ram Sharma said:
i have windows 8 already installed and i guess i dnot have UEFI! could it pose a problem or not?


Nope not really if it installed your good to go, by the way did you use a disc or did you use the WUBI installer?
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July 23, 2013 11:39:44 AM

thanks everyone. i have successfully installed linux mint without any hitches..works flawlessly...i can boot both windows 8 and linux. no problem so far....
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July 23, 2013 11:46:30 AM

i have got a terrible problem in linux mint 15 'olivia'. it is not supporting my wifi...i have dell wireless wlan mini card (14e4:4315 broadcom driver). i suppose its BCM4312 chip. how do i get it working without internet connection as i dont have lan cable...but i can download anything required thru windows 8 if needed.

i need this problem solved badly.. otherwise i have to uninstall linux...(p.s. whats the use of OS without internet connection?)plz guys help me...i am noob in this matter and i liked linux interface so want to use it forever...
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July 23, 2013 1:27:50 PM

Ram Sharma said:
i have got a terrible problem in linux mint 15 'olivia'. it is not supporting my wifi...i have dell wireless wlan mini card (14e4:4315 broadcom driver). i suppose its BCM4312 chip. how do i get it working without internet connection as i dont have lan cable...but i can download anything required thru windows 8 if needed.

i need this problem solved badly.. otherwise i have to uninstall linux...(p.s. whats the use of OS without internet connection?)plz guys help me...i am noob in this matter and i liked linux interface so want to use it forever...


try ubuntu or Suse Linux see if they recognize your hardware.

dont bother to install them , run them from the USB Flash , this is faster than manually looking for drivers ..


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July 23, 2013 9:20:41 PM

sorry to say that i didnt like ubuntu interface that much...i would like to use mint only...any idea to install the drivers? n thankx for the reply!
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July 23, 2013 10:43:50 PM

Ram Sharma said:
sorry to say that i didnt like ubuntu interface that much...i would like to use mint only...any idea to install the drivers? n thankx for the reply!


Did you try Open Suse ?

http://www.opensuse.org/en/
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October 24, 2013 3:15:33 PM

SNA3 said:
Ram Sharma said:
sorry to say that i didnt like ubuntu interface that much...i would like to use mint only...any idea to install the drivers? n thankx for the reply!


Did you try Open Suse ?

http://www.opensuse.org/en/
Just an alternative Ubuntu (like) option, the Lubuntu version uses the LDXE desktop which may be a more comfortable fit for you. As an initial install, by nature, this is a lighrweight version of 'Ubuntu' so will not install (automatically) a lot of the apps that Ubuntu itself does (eg LibreOffice), but you do have access to Ubuntu repositories and can add any additional apps that you want/need.

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