Resize Windows Partitions with Ubuntu

January 22, 2010

Today at work I received a new Dell laptop for one of our employees. We normally split the HDD into two partitions (C: and D:). D: is used to hold all of the user’s data such as; word documents, pdf’s, etc… I didn’t want to go through the hassle of formatting the C: drive and then splitting it through the XP boot disk, so I did some research on alternate ways of accomplishing this task.  Most articles I found stated that Ubuntu Live disks worked incredibly well.  They couldn’t have been more right.

Resizing NTFS partitions with Ubuntu

  1. Insert Ubuntu Disk (I used 9.04)
  2. Reboot PC and when prompted boot from disk
  3. Click “Try Ubuntu without installing”
  4. Once booted into Ubuntu go to System  > Administration > Users and Groups
  5. Click on Root and then on Configure
  6. Create a password for root and click ok
  7. Open up a terminal window and type in su without the quotes and press enter
  8. Enter the root password you just configured and press enter
  9. type in gparted and press enter
  10. Once the gparted GUI launches, you’ll notice a graph of the HDD and how its split up in partitions.  Right click the partition you want to resize and click resize


  11. Once the new window opens, change the partition size to whatever you wish and click ok
  12. After step 11, you can either apply the changes and allocate the free space through windows or right click it and format it with NTFS.

Troubleshooting Video Problems

January 15, 2010

Kait35 asked: “Bought a Pavilion s3137c from someone who didn’t need it anymore. They bought it new from Costco in early 2009. I have had it since October 09. Motherboard has already been replaced under warranty. It has Vista Home Premium on it. It has run fine but after being on for a while the video gets distorted with either vertical or horizontal lines and the system locks up. It was infrequent enough that I ignored it and just rebooted when it happened. I bought Windows 7 upgrade and the problem happens EVERY time I have tried to do the upgrade. Had Microsoft support on the phone. Did a complete backup,format HD,and custom install. Still locks up at the end of the upgrade from the video. Not sure if it’s the onboard video or power supply. Has to be one of those. Any suggestions???”


When dealing with video problems, they can be classified into two categories: hardware and software.

Software Problems usually originate from corrupt driver files.  Drivers are kind of like the middle man between Windows and the actual hardware device.  Without a driver Windows does not know the correct language to speak to the hardware.  For example:  If I went to Korea and needed to buy something, I wouldn’t know how to communicate what I needed to the cashier.  If  I had a translator (driver) with me, I could easily purchase what I needed.

Now that I’ve defined what a driver is, we can start to diagnose the problem.  Since you mentioned that the problem existed when you were running Vista and continued and worstened when you upgraded to 7, it could be due to a bad driver.  To test this theory reboot your computer.  Are you able to see any of the graphics or text (HP Logo screen or RAM count) that appear when booting without the lines running on the screen?   If so, the problem exists within Windows and is most likely a bad driver.   Comment this page after you’ve done what I’ve asked and I’ll continue on once I hear your response.