Missing install alongside windows option

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billtheplatypus
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Missing install alongside windows option

Postby billtheplatypus » Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:31 pm

I've used linux mint 12 for several months, though after using it for a while, I realized I had accidentally installed it inside of windows. I'm now trying to dual boot mint 14 and windows XP. I don't want to do the inside of windows option because that has a 30 GiB limit on virtual disk size, and I have hit that limit before. I burned the dvd and booted from it(using the help me boot from cd option in mint4win), and it works great. However, when I bring up the install linux Mint program, there is an option for replace windows and other. There is no install alonside windows option. Also, when I went in gparted to change partition sizes manually, I wouldn't let me shrink the partition, only to move it or grow it up to 2 MiB. There is only one partition, and that partition has XP on it. I have a 500 GB hard disk, and I want to use at least half for linux. I've googled around, but I haven't found any problems with ubiquity like this with only a single partition. If there is any information that I have neglected to provide, please ask, as I am not experienced with linux, nor partitioning. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Re: Missing install alongside windows option

Postby billtheplatypus » Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:40 pm

Ok, here is some information I shoudl have added.
It is a 32 bit computer. Running inxi in terminal gives this:

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CPU~Quad core Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q6600 (-MCP-) clocked at 1600.000 Mhz Kernel~3.5.0-17-generic i686 Up~1:07 Mem~489.5/4035.9MB HDD~634.9GB(4.0% used) Procs~172 Client~Shell inxi~1.8.4 

I have defragmented the hard drive.

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Re: Missing install alongside windows option

Postby billtheplatypus » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:13 pm

Nevermind, I backed up windows and overwrote it with the new mint, and then installed windows in virtualbox should I ever need it.


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