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This will not work, you can't have 5 primary partitions on one disk. I would recommend to set up the free space as extended partition (/dev/sdb3), and then create the the other partitions as logical inside that partition (sdb5/6/7).
True, yes. Forgot about that assuming his other two are primary. I believe they are since they are windows.
It sounds as if he is better off not using my suggested scheme anyway since I think Ubuntu uses grub2. No need for an ext2 /boot.
I added a post (14) that I think wasn't seen due to the flow.
I'm going to let one of the other gentlemen who are more familiar with Ubuntu help you out since I'm used to other distros and Ubuntu has some differences in what they use and how they do things by default. You're on the right track though.
I'm sorry to insist but the installation is still pending while I wait for your help.
I think I changed my mind and will follow your advice and use an extended partition instead. How can I do that ? Can it be done in step 5 ?
No worries I just meant that I'm waiting for your instructions before continuing.
Okay I used the logical partitions.
In the step 10 I am asked if I want a boot loader (my screen displays something that looks like this:http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/...-large_010.jpg). I actually notice that it wants to install it into sda, but the drive that contains the seven and xp OSes and where ubuntu is supposed to be installed is sdb. This is weird right ?
By the way why would the drive sdb not be named sda, since this is where the systems are ? Can I change that ?
Do you install from USB or have a USB-key plugged to your system? Do you have more than one harddisk in your system?
If you install from within the live system, please open a terminal (should be under the Accessories menu in your Applications menu) and post the output of
No I am not installing from a usb stick. It's a dvd.
No I don't have a usb stick plugged in at the moment.
Yes I do have several hard disks.
I'm not installing from the live system. I chose "install now" instead.
The error displayed is 'no root file system is defined. please correct this from the partitioning menu."
I don't know what it means. Maybe it's related to flags ?
Also is it normal that the swap isn't set ?
In Ubuntu when manual partitioning is chosen, you have to right-click on partition and select / even if only 1 partition.
Why did the kernel chose to name the system sdb ?
Wouldn't it be more logical to name it sda ?
What will happen if I remove the sda drive, which I might do someday given that it's just a data drive ?
The kernel doesn't care about what is on the drives (how should it know before accessing the drives?), it names them in the order it sees them. If you remove sda, the old sdb will become the new sda. Exactly that is the reason why modern Linux uses UUIDs to recognize partitions.