Step by Step guide installing Ubuntu 10.10 on a Windows 7 System (Dual booting) With Radeon Graphics Card

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In my first article that is posted at 29.10.2010 “Installing Ubuntu 10.10 on a Windows 7 System (Dual booting) with Radeon X300/X550/X1050 SERIES Graphics Card”. I got most of email in that most of the people are asked me to give step by step Installation method for Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10 in dual booting. So I am trying to give you to installation method for both Operating Systems. I hope it will help to you for easy installation for Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10 in Dual booting method.

I have installed Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10 on HP dx 7200 micro towers.
System Information :-
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7201) (7201.winmain_win7ids.090601-1516)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Compaq dx7200 Micro tower
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3584MB RAM
Display Devices
Card name: Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series (Microsoft Corporation -- WDDM)
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Hard Disk
SAMSUNG HD 321HJ of 500 GB.

First I completely formatted the hard disk
Second I made three partitions in hard disk (C, D & E)
In partition C, I installed windows 7 (First windows should be installed in newly formatted hard disk)
And in partition E, I installed Ubuntu 10.10

For Installation Windows 7 here the step by step method

Setting up your computer and BIOS (Changes if Required)

When you start your computer put your Windows 7 DVD in DVD drive. And Restart

In most cases it will automatically boot in to the Windows 7 installation.

But in some cases Boot device order has to change.

BIOS it may boot you’re running operating system. In that case you will need to change the BIOS. You change the BIOS setting to boot from CD/DVD instead boot from hard drive.

Booting UP and First Installation steps

Installation of Windows 7 almost like Vista Installation type. But you have to care full read the descriptions in each time before clicking the NEXT button to avoid and disasters. There are options to choose in these steps you may find them with each images.

a) You choose your Language options by ‘Language to install', ‘Time and Currency format' and ‘Keyboard or input method' here.

b) This screen is where the installation wizard begins. The install now options will leads to the

Advanced install options. For repairing a corrupt installation the ‘Repair your computer' button

Located at the bottom-left can be used. For fresh installs just click the Install now button.

c)     Tick the ‘I accept the license terms' checkbox and click ‘Next' to proceed.

d) You will see a new box next in the you have two options 1. Upgrade and custom (advanced). 2. The custom install you have to go for second option that is “CUSTOM INSTALL”

e) Clicking on the ‘Custom' button brings the install location selection screen.

Choose C partition to install windows 7 and click Format. Then click ‘Next' to proceed.

Windows might create additional partitions for system files. This is a new feature in Windows 7 to have a small boot partition for system files.

f) Click Ok to continue.

g) Select the partition you just created and click next to continue.

The Windows 7 installation begins. Wait for 15 -- 30 minutes for the all new OS! at installation time it will ask to give password, time setting etc.. Like in vista you have to give it.

How to install Ubuntu 10.10

After Windows 7 installation is over now you have to put your Ubuntu 10.10 CD in drive and restart your system.

It will open with welcome box. In that you have to press Install Ubuntu button

You will see a new box call preparing to install Ubuntu box. Just press Forward button.

Now you will see a new box in that you have to select “Install along side other operating system

Press Forward button.

You will see a new box of “Allocate drive space”: in that you will see a RED COLLUR “advanced partitioning tool” just press it.

Now you will see Allocate drive space.

Now you can see

Device                                  Type                          Size                        Used


/dev/sda1                                   ntfs                       104MB                     35MB

dev/sda 2                                    ntfs                  209609MB             18054 MB

dev/sda 3                                    ntfs                 157286 MB                3221MB

dev/sda 4                                    ntfs                  133106MB

(Note: -- this information is my system hard drive information so in you system your hard drive information you will see)

So I selected /dev/sda 4 for Ubuntu 10.10.

If you just press on /dev/sda4 you will see three button enabled 1. Change 2.Delete 3. Revert

Just to to second button that is deleting after Delete you will see free space

Now just click on free space you will see one box Add

Press add button now it will open a box called Create Partition

Now you have to go Mount point box you will see

/, /boot, /home, /tmp, /usr, /var, /srv, /opt, /usr/local.

First you will go to /boot. Now you have to go “new Partition size in megabytes(1000000bytes);” and now give 4000 ( I have lot of space in my hard disk that way I given 4000 so you have to give as per Ubuntu manual instructions)   and press ok button

Now again you go to free space and press /home give 4000 and press OK like that you have to give all partitions. After all partitions allocated is over now you have to give /swap partition.

The size of /swap partitions is 2 times of your Ram (Exp:- RAM is 1 GB you have to give 2GB (2000) as /swap partitions

And finally / (ROOT) reaming available free space you have to give for / (ROOT) partition.

And press “Install Now” button

You will see a box “do you want to return to this partitions menu

Just press “Continue button”

After that you have to

Set Time and press forward button

Key board lay out “USA” press Forward button

Type you name   --> fill all filled and press Forward button

After installation is over restart the system

After Installation you will see a box in booting time in that you have to choose which operating system you have to run.
Booting box looks like this
GNU GRUB VERSION 1.98+20100804-5 Ubuntu3
Ubuntu,with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic
Ubuntu,with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic (Recovery mode)
Memory test (Memtest 86+)
Memory test (Memtest 86+ serial console 115200)
Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)
In this way I have successfully installed windows7 and Ubuntu 10.10 on HP system in my office. Do the same thing and enjoy.
All the best
Allu John Sudhakar
System/Network Administrator
UCE, OU Osmania University
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7 Responses

  1. Ahmad Amr says:

    I really don’t understand the point! Why do you keep mentioning the graphics cards here and there when you are speaking about dual booting?!

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe it has nothing to do with whatever graphics card you’re using!

  2. Quality read. I found your site on facebook and i have your page bookmarked on my personal read list!
    I’m a fan of your Website. Keep up the great work

  3. mourya says:

    You have specified “/swap”… as swap space and allocate some ‘x’mb to it…
    For users following these steps:
    Actually nothing exists like /swap in that
    mount point drop down list and you have to type “swap” as mount point and not “/swap”.
    BTW gr8 work!

  4. Roy says:

    Well, thanks for the tutorial…
    I was just stuck in the middle of installation.
    When I read this tutorial… all of my problems were solved. THANX!!!

  5. darshan says:

    hi i am darshan from mangalore
    ur blog hav cm of gr8 help to me
    yetserday while installing “ubuntu 10.10 along with windows 7 ultimate” on my laptop i got stuck badly i hav followed all steps that u mentioned in ur blog .i am not able to proceed with installation after allocating /root

  6. DENMARK says:


  7. russ says:

    thanks for the effort..

    good job.

    But what a bunch of shit from linux…

    why not just hav a simple installer ala windwos 7

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