I recently got into recording & modeling, which has drawn my attention to Ubuntu Studio. I was assuming I’d just be able to add the extra programs & other features to my current Ubuntu 9.10, but apparently not. However, installing another OS on this computer needs some planning first, and I’ve become a little lost.
I have a desktop with one 500GB hard disk in it, a 64 bit 2 core CPU (core2duo), with 4GB RAM & a 1GB 8800 GPU.
I’d been dual booting Windows 7 & Ubuntu 9.10 for a few months, until I got a wireless card. Once I finally got it online (which took a while), I found Windows hadn’t been activated, and it was well beyond 30 days after installation, so it decided to lock itself, meaning I couldn’t install the new wireless driver. I managed to get Windows do a fresh install over itself & start over (I moved anything of interest to my Ubuntu partition). However, it also removed GRUB, so I had no way of getting to Ubuntu, and therefore the Internet (I had downloaded the beta Win7x64 driver, but I saved it to my home folder in Ubuntu, which windows can’t touch ¬¬). With no way to call for help online, I decided to reinstall Ubuntu again on a tiny partition, just to get GRUB to boot. Now I have some 13 OS’s to choose from at startup from previous Ubuntu updates (where the automatically selected one is the tiny partition) and my whole hard drive is a mess:
Seems to be my currently used Ubuntu partition.
My Windows 7 partition. Also some other Linux partition . . . not sure what it’s for . . .
Presumably, the tiny Ubuntu partition I installed to get GRUB to work. Seems to have a broken link to my home folder.