Originally Posted by ArKay
Originally Posted by entropic_existence
Originally Posted by rayver0723
i cant figure out to dual boot ubuntu with xp sp3 already installed on an old i8600
i press f12 to boot from cd/dvd...i get to the ubuntu enter screen but if i proceed it only restores to factory defaults...any help? i dont want to erase xp
Go over to the Ubuntu site and you should find how-to's for dual-booting all over their forums. Should also be some how-to's on the Ubuntu wiki. Basically you'll need to partition your harddrive to make some room to install Ubuntu on and set up GRUB to see Ubuntu and the XP install. It isn't very difficult but you'll want to back up your data anyway just in case something goes wrong.
Actually if you make a liveCD or bootable USB stick version of whatever distro of Ubuntu you want to use and install it by booting into said live distro it will see windows there, allow you to repartition on the fly during the install process, install grub for you and set everything up for you.
The only thing to 'worry' about it that it will, by default, set Ubuntu as your default operating system, so if you want to boot into Winders you need to pay attention at bootup when Grun gives you the menu of OS to boot into..
Done it a number of times, riun into no problems at all.
Yes, it will do all of that. However, I'm not one to much trust the partitioning on the fly when it was a Windows partition. Even after doing a defrag files will frequently be spread all over the windows partition. I don't dual boot anymore but when I did I would usually do my partitionign seperately.