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Problems with the Uninstall of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala WUBI

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Published on Nov 6, 2009

A few weeks a go, I installed the final beta of Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala. I installed it on my 10 gb Windows XP partition using WUBI.

WUBI is meant to be a safe, reversible way of installing Linux. You install it on your windows partition, it takes up 4-5 gigs space on your NTFS partition. It uses Grub to allow you to dual (or in my case triple) boot in to Ubuntu, Windows, or my Linuxmint 7.

Ubuntu Installed flawlessly, but unfortunately, there were severe stability problems. I run an old Dell optiplex computer. I thought the issue may be compiz and the Intel video card. I uninstalled compiz but the problems never went away. The system froze in minutes: whether I was working in Firefox or Openoffice or with just the bare desktop.

I uninstalled Ubuntu. When I shut down windows, I checked to see if infact Grub and made the necessary changes. It didn't. Ubuntu is still listed as an alternate OS, but It won't boot of course. It reports that hal.dll missing???

XP still boots. I gave up on Mint and Ubuntu and installed Debian Lenny. More on this later: suffice it to say, Lenny is a breath of fresh air.

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