cannot uninstall my first installed ubintu 9.10...

Asked by Nitin fire on 2010-03-01

Hello....At first i tried to install ubuntu 9.10 along with my windows xp.I wanted to see a demo of the new ubunto.So, i put the cd into the tray.it actually worked out.Then there was an option in it to "install" ubuntu 9.10.So i clicked it,it made me go through a Series of steps and then it asked me to choose "partitions".i have some idea about linux so i cold create the root directories and other stuff(but i dint know abt some directories i created)...So,ububtu worked that day.the next day when i was trying to open "ubuntu" it said (i dont remember exactly)"main shell cannot be loaded ....press ctrl-D..."then came the root user prompt (#)"....Now,i opened my windows and put the installer cd again into my "rom".i ran the cd again and installed it again hoping that the version would be reinstalled without errors .But now,
ubuntu got installed again.i dont know what to do.help me...

note: when i open the computer the bios comes into play...then comes "grub loading".....then comes the "ubuntu ......,unbuntu(recovery mode),memory test...,memory test...(console...),windows xp (/dev/sd0)...(this ubuntu dosent work).Now if i clink on the "windows xp"....there are two options again...1.windows xp 2.ubuntu(second time installed).when i again click on "ubuntu'...there are some options again .now,when i click on Ubuntu again " the system(ubuntu) starts working.i want to uninstall my 1st intalled unbuntu...kindly help me.....

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ronnie_libra (ronnie-libra) said : #1

re install ubuntu
leave Xp partition intact
leave Swap partition intact if you created
format ubuntu partition (root directory or partition "/") the box for "format?" should be check
follow the setup instruction carefully
Thats all you'll have Dual boot system!

Tom (tom6) said : #2

hi :)

It sounds like you have done some quite complicated things. Nowadays linux is lot simpler and Ubuntu especially has some good defaults carefully calculated during the install process.

To see how your drive's parttiions are currently arranged please use the Ubuntu installer Cd as a boot cd to get a LiveCd session
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD
If this works then please get to a command-line and enter
sudo fdisk -l

where " -l" is a lower-case " -L". This should show how the partitions are arranged (if you follow look at their addresses) and i have a spreadsheet that can calculate the partition size in Gb.
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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