I want to set up Ubuntu for use as my student computer in order to remove all those gaming distractions and focus on actual productive things. I am currently running:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 8GB DDR3 Ram Asrock P67 Pro3 Motherboard Intel core i5 2500 ATI Saphire 5850 Western Digital Green 1TB HDD WD Green 500GB HDD
And I want to install Ubuntu 32 Bit(I was going to get 64 bit, but I'm now capped for 2 weeks and can't wait that long) 11.04.
So I burned the install disk, and before I restarted, I went into the Windows disk management and shrunk the 1TB HDD(I have windows 7 installed on this) by 60GB for Ubuntu, Note I didn't format that 60GB space. Then I restarted, booted from the cd, and selected install ubuntu, there was no windows 7 detected and no install along side windows 7 option. This made me go into custom to set some stuff up: I made the 60GB ext4, set it as root, and tried to install anyway. This did not work: Windows booted like normal.
When I go to reinstall ubuntu, it detects the other ubuntu install, and offers the option to install side by side or erase, but still doesn't detect windows.
I searched on the internet for a solution and it seems the most successful way is to change my partition table system from efi(which it is in... I am pretty sure, according to windows disk management) to the older type(which I have forgotten what that is exactly). I am not against doing this, but I don't want to lose any performance with windows 7 or damage my windows install.
Once again, I want to get the ubuntu installer detecting my windows install so I can dual boot.