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vietvet 05-29-2007 01:37 PM

Dual Boot Ubuntu Installation Difficulty
 
Hi...

I am brand new to this forum and to linux, so please bear with me if I get some of the terminology wrong.

I am experiencing a problem installing Ubuntu to the hard drive.

First off, here is the CPU configuration:
HP Pavillion 7530n
Pentium M
240GB drive
Win XP

Using Partition Magic 8, I have partitioned off a 20GB partition for linux and a 500MB partion for "Swap" (both are NTFS).

At "Step 4" of the install, it asks for a "/" mount point called "EXT2". Have done this on the 20GB partiton. Also have made the 500MB partition "Swap"

So far, so good.

Now, at "Step 5 Migrate Documents and Settings", is where the problem occurs. In the text window the following message appears:
"THERE WERE NO USERS OR OPERATING SYSTEMS SUITABLE FOR IMPORTING FROM."

Shouldn't there be a message indicating that WIN XP Operating System was found??

At this point I abort the install for fear of wiping out Win XP and all my applications.


Am I doing this wrong or is there nothing wrong with that message?

Thanks,
Ed

mdg 05-29-2007 02:08 PM

There were apparently some bugs with the migration feature, but as far as I know, they should be fixed. Is your install cd/dvd fairly recent?

I haven't used that feature myself, but I doubt you would harm your Windows data if you continued your install. It would just mean that no settings would be carried over from Windows (eg firefox bookmarks, wallpapers, my pictures, etc).

You could do all that manually after installation, also you should be able to run the migration feature after install

vtel57 05-29-2007 02:24 PM

Hi Ed,

Try formatting the newly created partitions as FAT32 (if EXT3 is not available on Partition Magic), then mount / (root) on the partition of choice using EXT3, not EXT2. EXT3 is a better file system. Don't bother trying to import stuff from Windows. Just skip that part of the install. If you want stuff from Windows, you can manually bring it over later.

Also, the installer is going to want to install its boot loader (GRUB) on the disk's master boot record. Let it do that. It will automatically pick up the Windows installation and create an entry for it in the menu. When you boot your system, GRUB will give you the choice of Ubuntu (the default if you do nothing) or Windows.

Luck!

PS: Just in case... because poop does happen... make SURE you have your important Windows data BACKED UP! BACKED UP! BACKED UP! :)

vietvet 05-29-2007 03:44 PM

Dual Boot Ubuntu
 
Thanks for your input...it's appreciated.
Ed



Quote:

Originally Posted by mdg
There were apparently some bugs with the migration feature, but as far as I know, they should be fixed. Is your install cd/dvd fairly recent?

I haven't used that feature myself, but I doubt you would harm your Windows data if you continued your install. It would just mean that no settings would be carried over from Windows (eg firefox bookmarks, wallpapers, my pictures, etc).

You could do all that manually after installation, also you should be able to run the migration feature after install


vietvet 05-29-2007 03:48 PM

Tanks, Eric...
I'll give it a try with FAT32.
Ed


Quote:

Originally Posted by vtel57
Hi Ed,

Try formatting the newly created partitions as FAT32 (if EXT3 is not available on Partition Magic), then mount / (root) on the partition of choice using EXT3, not EXT2. EXT3 is a better file system. Don't bother trying to import stuff from Windows. Just skip that part of the install. If you want stuff from Windows, you can manually bring it over later.

Also, the installer is going to want to install its boot loader (GRUB) on the disk's master boot record. Let it do that. It will automatically pick up the Windows installation and create an entry for it in the menu. When you boot your system, GRUB will give you the choice of Ubuntu (the default if you do nothing) or Windows.

Luck!

PS: Just in case... because poop does happen... make SURE you have your important Windows data BACKED UP! BACKED UP! BACKED UP! :)


vtel57 05-29-2007 03:59 PM

Keep us posted, Ed. We're just a click or so away. ;)


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