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Old 09-01-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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Question No partition table when installing Kubuntu (Acer netbook)


I recently got a netbook and due to there not being a cd drive I had to try installing a different way. It came with Windows xp and 160 GB of hard drive space. Windows has since been reduced to 25 GB and I intend to install Kubuntu in the rest of the unallocated space.
Using Unetbootin to install Kubuntu it loads up until I come to the screen to choose a partition to install it in. Nothing is shown on the partition table, not even the windows partition I have. So I am at a standstill at the moment since I have been unable to find any similar problems on the net, I'd appreciate a solution.
 
Old 09-01-2009, 08:04 PM   #2
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No partition table when installing Kubuntu (Acer netbook)

Can you connect a usb or other external cd drive to your netbook? can you persuade your netbook to boot from it?
Otherwise can you activate the cd drive from a boot floppy or otherwise?
I don't know. Just floating ideas ---

Peter
 
Old 09-02-2009, 02:05 PM   #3
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You can usually dive to a terminal in those setups by typing Ctrl_Alt_F2.

There's a bit of deja vue here for me.You probably have one 160 gig partition with a 25 gig ntfs filesystem if you got to resizing but didn't make partitions :-/. As I recall, there were recovery partitions on my system and I threaded linux partitions around them. when you get into fdisk (probably on the install cd) it reports how many bytes per cylinder (the commend p). Compare the filesystem size against the number of tracks it consumes.
 
Old 09-03-2009, 12:50 AM   #4
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Smile Problem solved

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You can usually dive to a terminal in those setups by typing Ctrl_Alt_F2.

There's a bit of deja vue here for me.You probably have one 160 gig partition with a 25 gig ntfs filesystem if you got to resizing but didn't make partitions :-/. As I recall, there were recovery partitions on my system and I threaded linux partitions around them. when you get into fdisk (probably on the install cd) it reports how many bytes per cylinder (the commend p). Compare the filesystem size against the number of tracks it consumes.
Yeah, that is exactly it. I had a computer engineer friend take a look at it. It appeared that it was recognizing the USB we were booting off of as opposed to the actual drive, so he told it through the terminal (which I can't explain exactly how) to recognize the actual hard drive. It seemed to work after that.
 
Old 09-03-2009, 12:03 PM   #5
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I would recommend to anyone who has a netbook computer, and Windows XP to already be installed in it, to leave it alone!
If you want to run Linux in your netbook, run a live version on a different machine, using the CD/DVD rom drive. Then use the application on the live version, to permanently install that OS on a USB Flash Drive. Take that Flash Drive to the netbook computer, and plug it into one of the USB ports. Make sure that you change your Bios to first bootup USB drives, before the internal hard drive.

I have a laptop with PCLinuxOS installed into a 32 GB Flash Drive. In that drive, I have Grub installed. When it comes up, it gives me the choice to either boot Windows, or Linux. This arrangement works real fine! My Windows is not damaged, and I get to use Linux to my heart's content. And I have plenty of space on the Flash Drive to use it as a normal Linux application.
 
  


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