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Old 06-24-2006, 10:30 AM   #1
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Install Ubuntu from Live CD


Is it possible to install Ubuntu onto a partition from a Live CD? How would it be done?
 
Old 06-24-2006, 10:49 AM   #2
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There is no "Ubuntu LiveCD" as such any more. The "LiveCD" IS the install CD.
 
Old 06-24-2006, 01:02 PM   #3
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There is no "Ubuntu LiveCD" as such any more. The "LiveCD" IS the install CD.
So to install Ubuntu, should I copy all of the contents from the CD onto the partition, or is there an "Installer" utility somewhere on the CD? I looked through all the menus and couldn't find something similar to an installing utility.
 
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There is no "Ubuntu LiveCD" as such any more. The "LiveCD" IS the install CD.
I downloaded the distro from ubuntu.com and found that they have an install icon right on the desktop. I'm giving it a try.

It seems, however, that I'll have to manually add a swap file since I can't add another partition on the hardrive for the swap... something about mac partition tables can have up to 4 partitions, one for the GPT, one for OSX, one for windows, and one for linux.

Thanks for the information.
 
Old 06-24-2006, 03:41 PM   #5
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There is no "Ubuntu LiveCD" as such any more. The "LiveCD" IS the install CD.
>_< It doesn't work! It gets to 95% installation before it wants to install GRUB, but of course you can't install GRUB to the GPT, so it cancels the whole installation! Why can't it just install without GRUB and let me install LILO later??
 
Old 06-24-2006, 09:48 PM   #6
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Try downloading the alternative CD, It's the text install mode, just use the expert mode and you can skip the grub install.
 
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Try downloading the alternative CD, It's the text install mode, just use the expert mode and you can skip the grub install.
Great! Will give that a try. Thank you.
 
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Try downloading the alternative CD, It's the text install mode, just use the expert mode and you can skip the grub install.
Tried the text mode install. Went to install the base system and got the error:

Error: Unable to install the selected kernel. an error was returned while trying to install the kernel into the target system. Kernel package: 'linux-386' Check /var/log/syslog or see virtual console 4 for the details.

Retried it to do the 686 kernel, but only 386 is available.
 
Old 06-25-2006, 01:56 PM   #9
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What did the log say?
Did you try ti install over a partially installed system?
 
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What did the log say?
Did you try ti install over a partially installed system?
Wait, wait.. I just decided to choose one of the kernels in the list and it completed the install with elilo. But I think that elilo.conf is pointing to my usb, because thats where it wants to boot from.. need to see if i can modify that..

I'm talking to you as I'm trying this. ^^
 
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What did the log say?
Did you try ti install over a partially installed system?
Okay. The system is completely installed as well as elilo. I edited the elilo.conf file to boot from /dev/sda3 (it was trying to boot from sdb1 by the way). Created the swap file successfully, rebooted, but it still doesn't see the partition.

This doesn't surprise me... I think I have to configure a file for rEFIt (the boot menu I'm using) or install elilo onto the partition record of my linux partition. I thought that the installation of elilo would add it to the partition record automatically, which is why I thought that it was possible it would show up in the menu. Something is missing...
 
Old 06-25-2006, 03:39 PM   #12
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This is why I use grub Easy to configure and no faffing about
 
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This is why I use grub Easy to configure and no faffing about
Yeah, I've heard a lot of good things about GRUB, but unfortunately I haven't had much experience with either to have a preference.

So linux shows up in the boot menu, I boot, the kernel loads. I log in startx and it says it can't start the xserver. I'm wondering if something went wrong in the installation..

This is the error:
cannot start x server. Error; X window system version 7.0.0 release date 21 december 2005, x protocol version 11 revision 0 release 7.0. build operating system: linux 2.6.12 i686, current OS Linux ubuntu 2.6.15-15-23-386 #1 preempt tues may 23, 13.49.40 UTX 2006 i686. Build date: 16 march 2006 brefore reporting problems check http://wiki.x.org to make sure you have the latest version.
Module loader present.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default
setting, (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational, (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown. log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" using config file "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"

I'll look at the log later. I may just reinstall. no big deal.
 
Old 06-25-2006, 05:05 PM   #14
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You could try
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sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
and see if thar works.
 
Old 06-26-2006, 12:01 AM   #15
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You could try
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sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
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Yeah, I was thinking of trying that too. So I ran through to reconfigure it, and it still wont work. Now it looks like it's saying "No screens found."

I would like to just reinstall, but I don't know if it will still configure itself properly. :\
 
  


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