UNR was run off a flash drive for a few hours and apart from being a little slow, I thought I might be able to work with it. It seemed to give me the basics I need on a daily basis - web browsing, email, IM and access to my network drives and printer.
So I decided to install it. Being short on experience of partitions and such wizardry, I allowed the Ubuntu installation to progress with default settings and partition sizes. All seemed to go well, but it still seemed a little slow considering how zippy it was supposed to be. I mean, these little machines are hardly slow in themselves. For instance, a couple of the screen savers (namely "Hyperspace") would only run as stop-frame motion - all juddery - like it didn't have the resources to run properly. Initial attempts at running video files off the network drive were also less than satisfactory considering that Ubuntu was supposed to utilise available resources rather better than XP.
I persevered. I configured the email client "Evolution" and the IM "Pidgin". I modified Firefox 3 to make best use of the screen and get my Xmarks installed. Firefox seemed to have great difficulty running flash video off YouTube and such like and installing a flash player was rather more complicated than in XP. After installing one or other of the suggested players and codecs, playback was 'random' at best. Not an entirely fool-proof experience. However, all seemed ok, until I restarted it.
Evolution had lost all its config settings. It didn't have any of my IMAP accounts. Pidgin didn't know who I was and Firefox kept crashing as soon as I went near certain buttons on the All-in-One-Sidebar. My WiFi network had also lost its network key. I looked for some utility to help 'remove' any or all of my modifications - to 'roll back' to a previous state. No such luck. Then it ran out of disk space. I'd no idea how large a partition it had allocated itself or how to modify that.
I decided a fresh install would allow me to start again with minimal fuss. Easy peasy I thought. I'll just allocate the istallation to the existing partitions (noted to have been no 5 & 6 from the initial installation). Not that simple it seems. I now have a double installation of UNR in partitions 5 & 6 and 7 & 8 along with XP and too many choices to count at the bootloader.
Right now I just want rid of it. If I can remove the partitions, leaving just XP and the Recovery intact. I can start again.
Easy question -- how do I do that without reformatting the HDD and needing to reinstall XP (which I'd sooner avoid if possible)?
Edited by pd.ryder, 15 May 2009 - 11:05 AM.