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The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 15R (Queen) it comes with windows 7 and I want to install Ubuntu 11.10 on a different partition, yet, the problen is as follows:

The system has 3 primary partitions already:one is a 100Mb partition in FAT with 33Mb used, located at the beggining of the drive. Next is the Dell back-up partition 15Gb and finally the system partition. I do the proper defrag, etc.

On windows and then install the system using the partition manager option. Here comes the first problem, it asks me where should I install GRUB, i have tried the 3 existing partitions (putting aside the ones I've created for the linux install) and none of them worked, Windows 7 keeps on booting without the GRUB prompt to ever appear.

I've also tried to put GRUB on the newly created ubuntu partitions and nothing happened either. I know that the system is intalled, for the options of ubuntu live cd include new options such as install over the already existing ubuntu system, but

I can't get GRUB to work, Is it just me or Windows is preventing me from using Ubuntu? The system has the following features:

  • 6Gb RAM
  • 650Gb HDD
  • Intel Core i7 Processor
  • 1Gb Nvidia M525 Graphics

It's the 15R "Queen" Setup.

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Grub needs to go to the MBR, in other words, /dev/sda, which is also the default choice. You could also install grub on the Ubuntu partition, and then use EasyBCD to make the Windows bootloader boot Ubuntu. Don't try installing Grub anywhere else, fist, it won't work, second, you might overwrite important files.

Link to EasyBCD:

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