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I had the same problem. Running the command sudo gdisk -l /dev/sda indicated that I have both MBR and GPT tables present. This happened because I had originally Windows 8 pre-installed on my computer. Windows 8 uses GPT scheme. I installed windows 7 over it. Windows 7 is using MBR and finally my disk end up being MBR with some stray GPT data on it. ...


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Here are some steps that may help you: Setup a Live USB stick with your distro of choice. Boot your computer with that Live USB Stick. Once in your distro's desktop you can: Backup your Windows 7 data to your secondary drive. Format your main drive. Install your distro to your newly formatted drive. This is roughly speaking, the specific steps vary for ...


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Check out http://sourceforge.net/projects/gujin/ It's getting a 5-star rating and supports mouse input to select the OS / kernel you want to load.


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Dual booting does not require the use of more ram. You are running one os at a time. If you were planning to run a virtual machine than more ram would be advised. Ubuntu, depending on if your system is optimized should use less system resources than Windows XP, how much ram do you have right now?


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If I were you, I would not delete that OEM partition. It contains system recovery and factory default data. If you are never going to restore your computer's defaults or try to recover it from something, you can probably delete it safely. It just depends on how much risk you want to take. Also, 18GB should be more than enough to house Linux. You ...



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