In case anyone is interested, some background on my situation can be found here
The situation has evolved to the point where I think I need to post a new thread here for help. To recap, I tried to install Ubuntu 5.10 on my 250 Gbyte SATA and it failed at the point where it needed to recognize my CD-Drive (a BenQ 1640). So I d/l-ed Ubuntu 6.06, burned to a CD-RW using Nero and the BenQ and tried to install this afternoon.
Everything went well until the partitioning. I only want to dedicate 40 Gbyte of my 250 Gbyte SATA to Ubuntu, and manually selected this. But the partitioning process stalled at this point. It suspect it is because, although I (think) I was able to configure the size of the partition, I didn't know what to do about the swap file space, /home (which I read somewhere was optional and useful, and maybe other things I don't know about.
There's not really any "help" for you when it comes time to start cutting nuts.
Also on the thread (link above) someone mentions that there is a known bug with Ubuntu 6.06 destroying NTFS file paritions. My system (seems to have) survived, but I need help before I experiment again.
Is it obvious to someone that knows what they are doing where I went wrong ? Or is there a problem with Ubuntu 6.06 ?
The person mentioned above managed to sucessfully install Ubuntu 6.06 by partitioning his drive himself using Partion Magic. I've never partitioned a drive before, but could learn. But then the whole point of trying Ubuntu as a first-time Linux User was because Ubuntu was supposed to do that for you. So, if I need to do my own partitioning, should I change my Distro to something else, such as pclinuxOS ?
Thanks in advance,