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Old 04-24-2011, 08:06 AM   #1
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I need help installing Kubuntu 10.10


I have xp already installed and i want to dual boot with kubuntu.I have 3 drives with 80GB capacity i used one of drives that had about 14GB free space and in partitioning selected option 1 and when it all installed,rebooted it just booted again xp no sign of kubuntu. I also tried to manualy partition but no luck can someone tell me how to partition correctly to dual boot?
 
Old 04-24-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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Ok, there's so many things I didn't get that I'm going to tell you what I can. I don't know if you have 3 partitions in an 80GB drive or if you have 3 drives with 80GB of capacity each.
In any case all you should do is leave the Windows partition untouched (or reduce the size of it) and then create an ext3 (or ext4, as you like it) partition where the mount point is going to be "/". Then, you have to create the Swap partition according to your needs, I can't tell you how much space you should use but this article may be helpful.
You can also add a mount point to the Windows partition (make sure not to format accidentally) like "/Windows" or something like that.
Grub should install itself automatically after the Kubuntu installation finishes.
 
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:25 AM   #3
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If you've already installed kubuntu, it should be there. Fact is, I had the same exact issue when I first installed Ubuntu in my new PC with 2 HDDs. Switching boot HDDs in BIOS fixed the problem for me.
 
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:28 AM   #4
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yes i have 3HD 80GB each and ive tried to create new partition ext4 and a swap and when i did it it installed and it just booted xp.But how to create "partition where the mount point is going to be "/""?
 
Old 04-24-2011, 08:42 AM   #5
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yes i have 3HD 80GB each and ive tried to create new partition ext4 and a swap and when i did it it installed and it just booted xp.But how to create "partition where the mount point is going to be "/""?
Ok, assuming you've got Windows in your first HDD you can create the ext3 or ext4 partition and the swap in the second HDD and leave the third HDD to personal files.
When you're about to install Kubuntu the installer will ask you if you want to install Kubuntu next to Windows, if you want to delete the entire disk or if you want to manage the partitions. Select that last option and it will take you to GParted. Once there you will have 3 disks (sda, sdb and sdc or if you have IDE HDDs hda, hdb, and hdc), again, assuming Windows is going to be on sda (or hda) you should partition sdb (or hdb). Make sure there isn't any important data on any of the disks, I'm not responsible for the damages you may cause.
 
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:19 AM   #6
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i have important data on all drives but i have on second HD about 14GB free space that i want to use, but how do i do it ?Thanks again nickolasjengler for trying to help.

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Old 04-24-2011, 09:54 AM   #7
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I also tried to manually partition but no luck can someone tell me how to partition correctly to dual boot?
No. There are absolutely too many variables. There is no one way to do it. Choosing to partition manually as you indicate you did on your second effort is probably the best first step. This gives you the most control of the installation process. The information you have given is not enough to really do more than make guesses as to what happened. You should post your partition information to start. You can do that by booting your installation CD for Kubuntu and opening a terminal or konsole window and entering this command: sudo fdisk -l (lower case Letter L in the command). Then you can post that information here so someone can give you more specific instructions.

If your installation seemed to complete successfully (no error messages) and you did not see the login screen on reboot, the problem is most likely with the bootloader. Where did you install Grub bootloader of Kubuntu? The partition Kubuntu was installed on? The master boot record of the drive it is on? The master boot record of the drive in first boot priority? Which drive was set to first boot priority during the installation? Which drive is set to first boot priority now?

When you are doing something new like this, it is always good to keep notes. If something fails, you can see your point of failure. If it all works, you know how to do it next time.
 
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Old 04-24-2011, 12:13 PM   #8
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As yancek said, you should post the output of
Code:
fdisk -l
so we can help you.

Also, as you're pretty new for what it seems, it'll be nice if you backup all of your important data on an external drive or something like that.
 
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:47 AM   #9
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ok i will post that as soon as possible thank you for help!
 
Old 04-25-2011, 12:07 PM   #10
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OK here is report for sudo fdisk -l
Code:
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xe4a4e4a4

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda2   *           2        9728    78132127+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5               2        9728    78132096    7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdc: 82.0 GB, 81964302336 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc51a8d9e

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1            8789        9965     9452544   83  Linux
/dev/sdc2   *           2        8789    70582401    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdc5               2        8730    70110383+   b  W95 FAT32
/dev/sdc6            8730        8789      471040   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdb: 82.0 GB, 81964302336 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xda1ada1a

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           1        1339    10755486    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb2            1340        9964    69280312+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdb5            1340        9964    69280281    7  HPFS/NTFS
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$
im trying to install on this partition /dev/sdc1
 
Old 04-25-2011, 01:02 PM   #11
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OK here is report for sudo fdisk -l
Code:
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xe4a4e4a4

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda2   *           2        9728    78132127+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5               2        9728    78132096    7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdc: 82.0 GB, 81964302336 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc51a8d9e

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1            8789        9965     9452544   83  Linux
/dev/sdc2   *           2        8789    70582401    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdc5               2        8730    70110383+   b  W95 FAT32
/dev/sdc6            8730        8789      471040   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdb: 82.0 GB, 81964302336 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xda1ada1a

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           1        1339    10755486    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb2            1340        9964    69280312+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdb5            1340        9964    69280281    7  HPFS/NTFS
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$
im trying to install on this partition /dev/sdc1
Do you have any other OS in /dev/sdb?

For what I can see Grub is trying to install itself on /dev/sdc instead of installing itself on /dev/sda but I'm not sure of this, there are so many boot sectors I'm not sure of what I'm saying. Maybe yancek can help.

Try to boot onto Linux by switching the main HDD in the BIOS configuration.

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Old 04-25-2011, 01:03 PM   #12
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yes i have xp on /dev/sdb1
i want to install kubuntu on /dev/sdc1 how do i set options in partitioning menu?

Last edited by offlinefreaks; 04-25-2011 at 01:05 PM.
 
Old 04-25-2011, 01:24 PM   #13
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yes i have xp on /dev/sdb1
i want to install kubuntu on /dev/sdc1 how do i set options in partitioning menu?
Right click on /dev/sdc1 and click on "Change", format to ext3 or ext4 and set "/" as the mount point.
 
Old 04-25-2011, 01:25 PM   #14
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Try to boot onto Linux by switching the main HDD in the BIOS configuration.
This doesnt solve anything for me becuse i dont want to change options every time when i want to boot linux
 
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Your fdisk output shows Linux on sdc1. Have you tried to mount that partition using the installation CD to see if you actually have all the directories and files needed? Do you know how to do this? If you don't, post back and someone will explain.

I don't see answers to my earlier questions about where you installed the bootloader. Do you know? Did you have all three drives attached when you installed? As I indicated in my last post, the problem you report of just booting windows is usually because you didn't install the Grub bootloader to the master boot record of whichever drive is set to first boot priority. Which bootloader (xp ntldr, Kubuntu Grub) do you want to use. The process is totally different for each but possible.

I'd suggest mounting sdc1 from the Live CD to see if the system directories and files are there before going through the process of reinstalling which probably is not necessary.

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i want to install kubuntu on /dev/sdc1 how do i set options in partitioning menu?
As explained above by nicolasjengler, when you are in the Allocate Drive Space window, you should see all of your partitions in the main window. You need to click sdc1 to highlight it and then click the Change tab just below the main window. You should get another window which will give you options: Partition Size, Use as (for the filesystem type), a box to check to Format (don't check it if you don't want to format), and Mount point. Click the down arrow to the right of the box which is to the right of Mount point. You should see "/" as an option to select for root.

I don't think it is necessary. It looks to me like the install worked and you just need to deal with the bootloader so post back with the results of mounting or if you don't know how to mount post back to let us know.
 
  


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