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i have an acer laptop(acer 5100 2gb ram,160 gb hd) with vista installed on hde2, hde1 is acer data from a previous version of windows. i started to install gutsy on hde3 it went well up to 94%, when it (failed to install grub fatal error) vista still boots but i get nowhere with ubuntu. i used the hde1 partition for swap, which was a big mistake.anyone know how i can fix this.
typo here--based on the cylinder count, I'm guessing it should be 75328785. Much safer to use cut and paste when posting data like this.
OK--you have hda, not hde. let's assume the other was just a typo. You will have to convert hda3 to ext3 or some other Linux files system before you install Linux. The installer can do this for you, or you can do it beforehand using mkfs. (First, use fdisk, Gparted, or other tool to change the partition type to 83 (Linux). Better yet, i would delete it and make a smaller partition for Linux. Leave empty (unpartitioned) space on the disk for future changes.
There is nothing wrong with your swap partition at hda1--it is bigger than it needs to be, but it will work fine.
i tried installing it again, making a 30 gb partition and formatting it as ext3 and root. grub still wont install. i installed ubuntu plenty of times and never had this problem. need help bad! i also tried from the live desktop find /boot/grub/stage1 and it returned an error 15.
let linux use the largest free contiguous space.it will setup the swap file and file system for you. you must have free space on your hard drive. what are you trying to do? install next to vista? its called guided partitioning.