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Old 02-16-2010, 04:05 PM   #1
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Question installing mint 8 on separate partition


hi all,i want get Linux mint8 on to a separate partition but when i go into advance in the partition menu and and chose the partition i want,in this case (e),(c) having windows xp on it.it says ...no root file system is defined,please correct from partition menu, i really don't know what to do next or what i should have done. thanks in advance.
 
Old 02-16-2010, 06:25 PM   #2
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You should have an option for mount point and you need to select root which is the "/" symbol. Where are you getting this:
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n this case (e),(c) having windows xp
 
Old 02-17-2010, 02:46 PM   #3
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You should have an option for mount point and you need to select root which is the "/" symbol. Where are you getting this:
hi n thanks,cant get to where you are saying,when i chose the "/" it still says same as above.went back and tried to install sise by side, wont resize just hangs there for ever.works fine as live cd without change etc and the same is happening with fedora 12. it allso says not enough space on disk, i have 58 gb on c and 50 on e,im trying to get one of them on the e partition and im not geting anywhere.arghhhhh.even had a go at installing ubuntu 9.4,same results.
 
Old 02-17-2010, 04:39 PM   #4
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How many hard drives do you have and how big are they?
Is xp the only system you currently have installed?
Did you create a partition for Linux Mint before the installation or are you doing it at the time of installation?
I left out something in my post yesterday, you refer to (c) and (e) which are windows naming conventions for partitions. You are seeing this in xp. What would be helpful would be for you to post your partition information in Linux terms as you are trying to install Linux. You say the Mint Live CD works, boot the Live CD and open a terminal/konsole and enter the command: sudo fdisk -l and post the output here. While you are in the terminal, run the command df -h to show partitions, used and available space.
 
Old 02-18-2010, 02:56 PM   #5
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How many hard drives do you have and how big are they?
Is xp the only system you currently have installed?
Did you create a partition for Linux Mint before the installation or are you doing it at the time of installation?
I left out something in my post yesterday, you refer to (c) and (e) which are windows naming conventions for partitions. You are seeing this in xp. What would be helpful would be for you to post your partition information in Linux terms as you are trying to install Linux. You say the Mint Live CD works, boot the Live CD and open a terminal/konsole and enter the command: sudo fdisk -l and post the output here. While you are in the terminal, run the command df -h to show partitions, used and available space.
hi,im running xp sp2 on (c)on an advent 7086 laptop with 1gb ram and 120 gb hd split to roughly 50 gig on c and 50 gb on the e partition,yes, i did create partition before trying to install mint8 on the (e)partition,a small part of the hd seems to show a ubuntu 9.4 which i had tried to install some time ago.

this is terminal findings
mint@mint ~ $ sudo fdisk -1
fdisk: invalid option -- '1'

Usage: fdisk [-b SSZ] [-u] DISK Change partition table
fdisk -l [-b SSZ] [-u] DISK List partition table(s)
fdisk -s PARTITION Give partition size(s) in blocks
fdisk -v Give fdisk version
Here DISK is something like /dev/hdb or /dev/sda
and PARTITION is something like /dev/hda7
-u: give Start and End in sector (instead of cylinder) units
-b 2048: (for certain MO disks) use 2048-byte sectors
mint@mint ~ $

and the df -h
mint@mint ~ $ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
aufs 486M 72M 415M 15% /
udev 486M 248K 486M 1% /dev
/dev/sr0 689M 689M 0 100% /cdrom
/dev/loop0 670M 670M 0 100% /rofs
none 486M 256K 486M 1% /dev/shm
tmpfs 486M 24K 486M 1% /tmp
none 486M 284K 486M 1% /var/run
none 486M 4.0K 486M 1% /var/lock
none 486M 0 486M 0% /lib/init/rw
thanks for sticking with me, i hope the above helps.
i am running mint8 live as we speak and have no probs getting on the net wireless. the reason i wanted to get mint8 on a separate hefty partition is that when i had tried to update ubuntu 9.4 it told me i did not have enough disk space,im getting the same message now whilst trying to install mint8 no matter what i try. thanks again.
 
Old 02-20-2010, 07:24 PM   #6
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The fdisk command is a lower case Letter L, not a number one:

try it again: sudo fdisk -l, and post here.
 
Old 02-21-2010, 03:59 AM   #7
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installing mint

ah-Linux Mint, my brand of choice.

If the Windows partition isn't taking up the whole drive one of the options should be 'install side-by-side' which will do all the work for you. If you feel adventurous click the 'advanced' and then click on the 'free space' of the drive. Click 'create new partition', make it as big as you want (size is in MB so if you want a 10 gig partition type 10000 for size). then below that should say filesystem type-choose ext4 (Linux Mint 8 I believe is based on Ubuntu Koala which has moved to ext4). Below that will say 'mount point'. Click that and set it to '/'. Might want to create a swap space too....

After you click 'ok' for that partition click the free space again, click 'create partition'. Now jump straight to the filesystem type-make this one 'swap area'. It should gray out the other options (it knows what to do). Click ok, and ok again-you should be good.

:-)

oh and please, please, please log into your windows partition and back up all necessities to another drive before doing anything with partitions on your drive. A couple wrong clicks and you can lose years of work.

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