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How Do I Install Mint TO Replace Ubuntu 8.04

Postby BPMOU on Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:58 am

Hello,

New to the board. I currently have a HP box with a 320G HD with Vista on it and a 160G with Ubuntu 8.04. I want to switch to Mint but want to replace it on the same 160G drive that I have Ubuntu on. I currently turn on the power and hold ESC at the blue HP screen to be able to select the 160G drive to boot to Ubuntu, otherwise it boots straight to VIsta. Once Ubuntu is selected I see the GRUB loader start and then I go into Ubuntu. How can I replace Ubuntu and move to Mint. I don't really want to partition either drive. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: How Do I Install Mint TO Replace Ubuntu 8.04

Postby proxima_centauri on Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:00 am

Welcome BPMOU,

What kind of partition scheme do you have for Ubuntu, you can find out by
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sudo fdisk -l
in terminal.
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Re: How Do I Install Mint TO Replace Ubuntu 8.04

Postby BPMOU on Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:22 am

Here is what I have.

Thanks!

brandon@brandon-desktop:~$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for brandon:

Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x1549f232

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 37758 303291103+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 37759 38913 9277537+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000ead66

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 18662 149902483+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 18663 19457 6385837+ 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 18663 19457 6385806 82 Linux swap / Solaris
brandon@brandon-desktop:~$
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Re: How Do I Install Mint TO Replace Ubuntu 8.04

Postby darco on Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:59 am

I dual boot too w/Vista and do not have any issues like yours. I installed Vista first then installed LM.
Your fdsik -l output shows your swap partition is being shared if I am reading it correctly.

Here is mine. I followed the suggestions here on the Forum. Look under the Newbie sections for the stickies..
Basically you would have the installer point to the partition where your Ubuntu is installed....

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 25897 208017621 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 27922 60522 261867532+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 25898 26289 3148740 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda4 26290 27921 13109040 83 Linux
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Re: How Do I Install Mint TO Replace Ubuntu 8.04

Postby proxima_centauri on Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:01 am

As far as I can tell, on your Ubuntu HD you have one partition for the entire system and SWAP running on extended. This means that if you install over Ubuntu, all of your settings and files currently on the HD will be lost. If you want to install Linux Mint, backup all data you wish, stick in the LiveCD and install - making sure to install on sdb not sda. If you want to create a separate partition for your /home or other files it is not difficult to do from the partition editor on the LiveCD.
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Re: How Do I Install Mint TO Replace Ubuntu 8.04

Postby proxima_centauri on Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:05 am

BPMOU is not dual-booting in the traditional sense, rather single booting from two distinct HDs.
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Re: How Do I Install Mint TO Replace Ubuntu 8.04

Postby BPMOU on Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:11 pm

proxima_centauri wrote:BPMOU is not dual-booting in the traditional sense, rather single booting from two distinct HDs.


You are correct, I am single booting each drive. So I just need to load the LiveCD and use the partition on SDB to replace Ubuntu. Is there a better way to do this? I don't really have anything on the 160GB drive with Ubuntu as it was an experiment. From what I have read I think I will like mint better. If it works better for me, then I would switch over.

I tried setting my pc up so it boots directly into the linux drive, but could not figure it out. When I installed Ubuntu I disconnected the drive with Vista on it as I didn't want Grub messing up my MBR.

What does this mean " Your fdsik -l output shows your swap partition is being shared if I am reading it correctly."?

Should I change something? I want Linux and Vista to be on seperate drives, but want to be able to access my documents that are on the Vista drive.

Anythoughts?
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Re: How Do I Install Mint TO Replace Ubuntu 8.04

Postby proxima_centauri on Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:56 pm

BPMOU wrote: So I just need to load the LiveCD and use the partition on SDB to replace Ubuntu.

Yes
BPMOU wrote:I tried setting my pc up so it boots directly into the linux drive, but could not figure it out.

You probably can do this through your bios settings.
BPMOU wrote:When I installed Ubuntu I disconnected the drive with Vista on it as I didn't want Grub messing up my MBR.

I don't believe it would overwrite your MBR seeing how it's on a seperate HD, but I'm not 100% so if you're not comfortable use the same method (disconnect) as you did before.

BPMOU wrote:What does this mean " Your fdsik -l output shows your swap partition is being shared if I am reading it correctly."?


The statement in incorrect,your SWAP is on an extended partition which could be what should have been said.

BPMOU wrote:Should I change something? I want Linux and Vista to be on seperate drives, but want to be able to access my documents that are on the Vista drive.

It should detect your vista drive.

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