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1. Open 'GParted'. From the menus: System -> Administration -> GParted 2. Right click on the ntfs partition and select 'delete' 3. Right click on this deleted partition and select 'Format to' and select ext3. This should accomplish what you want.
If GParted is not installed, then open a terminal window and type
Code: sudo apt-get install gparted And then proceed with steps 1-3 specified above.
PS: Backup any data you need from the WinXP partition before you do this.Alternately, instead of formatting the XP partition to ext3, you could do this: Using gparted, as described above: Right click the XP partition and click delete. Right click the Ubuntu partition and click resize In the resize dialogue, change the settings to that it is as big as possible. Click apply changes.
This is riskyer, so BACK UP EVERYTHING!!!!!! I do not take responsibility for lost data. This however will be closer to "unpartitioning" the drive, what was suggested above will still result in it being split into two partitions, they will just both be linux partitions.
I would install XP 1st then Open suse or Ubuntu. When you install either of these linux OS's ensure you install to another partition other than the windows one. Both installation routines will allow you to format the drive to the linux ext2 format and automatically install a boot manager (usually GRUB) which will allow you to select the OS you wish to boot.
Linux XP has had several reports of problems with activation. Your best bet would be to contact their technical support. Or switch to one of the completely FREE Linux distros. Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint linux, Dream Linux, Mandriva, Knoppix. Are just a few that offer the same simple install interface and hardware support.
Linux XP is a free linux distro that charges you for pre-installing applications like "Wine" that run windows based apps. Wine itself is also free and can be installed on any linux distro.
It has the latest mouse driver (logitech setpoint 4.0). Before installing Ubuntu the setup worked w/ SUSE/XP using GRUB dual boot. After installing Ubuntu XP does not see the usb mouse. Even Logitech setpoint does not have the mouse setup/configuration option. It appears that at boot it does not recognize the mouse or disables it. The BIOS has the usb keyboard and mouse enabled. Currently, I have two mices one for xp and either mouse will work under Ubuntu.
If your able to see the Windows Setup page, and get as far as your partitions, I would suggest deleting the partitions on the hard drive (make sure you know what your doing before trying this), as Ubuntu is mounted normally on a filesystem which Windows can not read (EXT2/3 for Linux - Fat32 / NTFS for Windows).
Once you have deleted all partitions, you can then create a partition (I'd recommend just clicking Install) and then chose the second option to format (not quick) for NTFS.
This then does a "secure" format of your hard drive, setting you up for a nice stable installation.
Apart from that, why don't you try jumping onto Ubuntuforums.org for Ubuntu Help, since Ubuntu is a much better Operating System (OS) than Windows, and there is a great community for helping people.