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Toshiba Satellite E205 wont let you change OS

By LinuxLovinWarren ·
I bought a new Toshiba Satellite last week, and I want to dual boot windows 7 and ubuntu or some linux. When I tried to load ubuntu it got to the install screen then froze, I tried installing SUSE, and Debian also, and while doing that I found that once you get to the point where you click install, then suddenly the dvd drive and the networking card, and the usb ports seem to just disappear, I looked on the toshiba web site someone else was complaining about the samething happening when they tried to install windows xp any help would be appreciated!!!!

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I'm not really sure what you are doing here

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Toshiba Satellite E205 wo ...

But the easy way is to Vitalize the Second OS.

You could use something like VM Ware or if you have a suitable version of 7 the Virtual App that comes with it.

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/workstation_and_ace_open_source_7_0/ZGolYmRqaCViZGVkZQ==

The harder way is to Shrink the Windows Partition with something like GParted

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php

Then open the BIOS set it to Boot off the Optical Drive before the HDD and then exit the BIOS saving the changes as you exit and insert the Linux Disc into the Optical Drive and boot off that Disc and install the OS to the unused part of the HDD partition.

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My experience is similar unable to boot either flash or cd

by bmacdonald44 In reply to I'm not really sure what ...

The bios has been changed either a CD or flash drive start to boot and get to kernel helper and die. any thoughts (Ubuntu lucid, karmic, and jaunty)

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Similar Toshiba partition issues

by cmatthews In reply to Toshiba Satellite E205 wo ...

Check here:
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/619983-solved-mystery-partition-toshiba-notebook.html

I think GParted should be run from the USB version so you have some place to save Toshiba's crazy partition table and MBR. (see link above on the A200 model - 4 partitions!).

If it were my laptop, I too would shrink a partition and send all my data there. Then, I'd trim fat, and image the base Windows partition to DVD with Acronis (free 3 times a year): http://www.giveawayoftheday.com

Last, I'd zero the entire disk HD with D-BAN (or similar tool), restore Windows and install AutoSuperGrub.
http://www.supergrubdisk.org/

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