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Old 04-03-2015, 09:52 AM   #16
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From the "Gparted" the /dev/sda1 size 26.09GB is the XP partition and the second one /dev/sda2 size 48.44 is the empty partition
Well, your image shows it has 959MB of data, sda2 that is so what is that? It's not an empty partition and that would be about the size of the iso. So, to clarify, did you download the 'Makulu' iso file on xp, then download unetbootin for windows to xp, then start unetbootin and put the iso on the 16GB flash, then set boot priority to boot from the flash drive and boot it?

If you did that, I'm curious as to exactly what you have on sda2.
 
Old 04-07-2015, 11:53 PM   #17
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Hi Yancek,
When I created the partitions under XP they were all clear except for sda1. I then rebooted with a mem stick withe unetbootin & Linux Mint 17 and doing that appears to have installed some data on sda2 & sda4 . If I go straight to Gparted on the Mint menu the partitions are there. If i then try to install when I get to the partition page they have all disappeared again. Perhaps the unetbootin has its own version of Gparted which is faulty? I think I will get another computer with a disk for Linux only & hopefully that will be more straight forward

Thanks,
Col
 
Old 04-08-2015, 09:55 AM   #18
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I don't understand your last post. Unetbootin doesn't have GParted, it is just a small (<1MB) piece of software that can be used to put some Linux distributions on a flash drive. You would have GParted on a Mint Live CD/flash drive. Possibly, it is just the iso file for Mint which is on that partition, not sure. This has been a problem (partitions not showing in the installer) for recent releases of Ubuntu and derivatives for quite a few people. Good luck with it.
 
Old 04-08-2015, 09:05 PM   #19
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Hi Yancek,
I assumed that the installer had a defferent Gparted as after I booted on the stick I clicked onto Gparted in the menu and could see the the partitions but when I started to install it came up with a window the same as Gparted but there was nothing in it so the installation would go no further. I firgured that I have spent too much time and effort on trying to get a dual boot system so yesterday I bought a lo cost drive for a spare laptop that I had (with a failed drive) and it arrived this morning and I had no problem installing Mint 17 onto the HDD and it seems to run well.
Thanks very much for your help otherwise I may have dropped the computer from out of an aircraft window.

Regards,
Col
 
Old 04-08-2015, 10:30 PM   #20
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Glad you got it working. The problem you had wasn't unique. I've seen a number of posts with the same problem on the Ubuntu forums.
 
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Old 04-09-2015, 12:30 AM   #21
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col805,

I am glad that you finally managed to get Linux Mint 17 installed.

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I figured that I have spent too much time and effort on trying to get a dual boot system so yesterday I bought a lo cost drive for a spare laptop that I had (with a failed drive) and it arrived this morning and I had no problem installing Mint 17 onto the HDD and it seems to run well.
This is the ultimate solution to all dual-boot problems.

I do appreciate that not everybody is willing or able to take this route.
 
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