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Old 01-24-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
raulruben
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Cool Cannot install Ubuntu on a HP Pavillion 522n Celeron


After buying a laptop I wanted to experiment with my old desktop computer:

HP Pavillion 522n
Intel Celeron 1.8 GHz/400MHz
Cache RAM 128KB
Phoenix BIOS 4.0 Release 6.0
Motherboard Imperial_GL_VE 20021218
1.3 GB DDR SDRAM

I loaded a copy, which I had won, of Microsoft Windows .NET Server 2003 Standard Edition. Everything went just fine and worked great.

Then I learned about Ubuntu and wanted to loaded it. I got the Official Ubuntu Book, Third Edition, and used the Version 8.04 LTS Diskette. The load went through the paces and then I had trouble with the partitions. I tried manually and it would loop through steps 4 through 7. Could never install the whole thing, or load the boot sector.

Does anybody know if it is the computer, or just me?

By the way, I have been working with Microsoft Products for over 18 years, programming in large companies. I am ready to make the switch.

Please help.

Raul
 
Old 01-24-2009, 03:42 PM   #2
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Does anybody know if it is the computer, or just me?
No way of knowing. You did not describe your partitioning arrangement. Did you create some free space on the drive before you started the Ubuntu install? This is the usual approach if you are going to dual boot the system.

The Ubuntu installer should have a partitioning tool, however, if you are interested in saving the windoze install, you should have a backup, then use a partitioning tool like Partition Magic to shrink the windoze partition, leaving enough space for your Ubuntu install.

If you do not want to save the windoze system, then delete all partitions, boot the install CD for Ubuntu, and create the partitioning scheme you want, and install.

There are a few things that can cause problems, some systems BIOS cause problems, but there are usually work arounds.

Linux uses different file systems than windoze, so it is not free space on a windoze partition you want, but space not allocated to a partition.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 01-24-2009, 03:55 PM   #3
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Partitioning?

Sometimes it happens when you have mounted partitions and start the installer.
Make sure you have unmounted all the partitions before installing.
 
Old 01-24-2009, 09:39 PM   #4
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Which 8.04, or, the later, better tool.

The latest Ubuntu is 8.10, with the long term support version, 8.04 now revised to 8.04.2. You might try with either of these as you wish. That may solve your problem.

Can you open a terminal in linux and, as root, execute the command "man fdisk", read it, then type "fdisk -l", and post the results?

For an overview of what you have for partitions, you can download and burn a copy of a Parted Magic or GParted live-cd and see what they tell you. They will also shrink Windows partitions on XP and earlier Windows without causing problems in booting, and you can create space for or format partitions for linux before you install. This is sometimes a bit more clear and intuitive than working with a partitioning tool under installation.

There are many distros of linux represented in their live-cds, others of which you could try if Ubuntu doesn't work. There is this standard resource.

http://www.livecdlist.com/

Good Luck
 
  


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