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Old 02-02-2008, 10:22 AM   #1
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I have Windows Xp installed on a 320 GB SATA drive in a single partition. There is 278 GB of unused space. When I boot Ubuntu 7.10 from the CD it goes to the point of setting up the partitions. No matter which option I choose (manual, guided, etc) I get a generic error that Ubuntu cannot create the partition. The only I option I have is to terminate installation. XP starts up normally and everything is fine except I CAN"T INSTALL UBUNTU. I have installed SUSE 10.3 in the past and did not have this issue. Since removing SUSE I have deleted the partitions and resized the disk using Partition Magic 8.0. also ran FIXMBR so that my installtion of UBUNTU would be clean. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
 
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How big is the Windows partition? When you refer to "unused space" do you mean not partitioned?

If the Ubuntu CD is a "live Linux" CD, then open a terminal and do "fdisk -l". Otherwise, you should be able to interrupt the installer with ctrl-alt-F1, and then login and do fdisk -l.
 
Old 02-02-2008, 11:26 AM   #3
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How about you try the alternate installation CD for UBUNTU? the alternate CD doesn't start in live; it starts in text mode instead and it might give you a better idea about what's going on.

That was my personal experience with one desktop i have and i was successful installing using the alternate disk but not with the live CD
 
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How big is the Windows partition? When you refer to "unused space" do you mean not partitioned?

If the Ubuntu CD is a "live Linux" CD, then open a terminal and do "fdisk -l". Otherwise, you should be able to interrupt the installer with ctrl-alt-F1, and then login and do fdisk -l.
The Windows partition is 320 GB. There is no other partition. Yes it is a Live CD. I will let you know what happens. Thanks for the response
 
Old 02-02-2008, 11:30 AM   #5
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How about you try the alternate installation CD for UBUNTU? the alternate CD doesn't start in live; it starts in text mode instead and it might give you a better idea about what's going on.

That was my personal experience with one desktop i have and i was successful installing using the alternate disk but not with the live CD
Thanks I will give that a shot.
 
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The Windows partition is 320 GB. There is no other partition. Yes it is a Live CD. I will let you know what happens. Thanks for the response
You have to create empty (unpartitioned) space before making new partitions.

With that disk, I would put Windows and Linux on relatively small partitions (~8-12GB each), make a third partition for shared data (maybe 150GB), and leave the rest for future changes. Make everything except Windows, first Linux, and Linux swap a logical partition. This forces the creation of an extended partition, and allows more to be added later.
 
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I have Windows Xp installed on a 320 GB SATA drive in a single partition. There is 278 GB of unused space. When I boot Ubuntu 7.10 from the CD it goes to the point of setting up the partitions. No matter which option I choose (manual, guided, etc) I get a generic error that Ubuntu cannot create the partition. The only I option I have is to terminate installation. XP starts up normally and everything is fine except I CAN"T INSTALL UBUNTU. I have installed SUSE 10.3 in the past and did not have this issue. Since removing SUSE I have deleted the partitions and resized the disk using Partition Magic 8.0. also ran FIXMBR so that my installtion of UBUNTU would be clean. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
The trick was to install in TEXT MODE. I can't explain it but it worked. Thanks for pointing me in tht direction
 
  


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