Problem installing Ubuntu on Acer Aspire One D270-1865 with Wubi.exe within Windows 7
I am using a an Acer netbook -- model Aspire One D270-1865. As purchased, it came installed with Windows 7 Starter. I did not realize it was stripped down as a version.
I have been attempting various methods of installing Ubuntu as an alternative operating system. All have failed seemingly being blocked by hardware or the operating system.
Most recently, a method that began to show the most promise involved wubi.exe. Ubuntu 11.04 installed from a DVD with wubi; however, when I rebooted, the reboot failed after choosing Ubuntu. I received the following error after Ubuntu began to boot and then stopped:
There were 8 processes listed (46.68735 - 46.716438). The first read, "BAD LUN (0:1); the following seven read, "BAD TARGET".
Can anyone please suggest a solution to this problem or a way to install Ubuntu as a dual boot with Windows 7 Starter on this hardware.
Thank you very much,
Why don't you run Ubuntu off a pendrive using persistence option. I would go with a Xubuntu 12.04lts pendrive (8gig or 16gig) myself If I was you. Instead of wubi. Personal preference is all.
For wubi problems. You are better off asking at
I've never used wubi myself but at least one online friend of mine has had numerous problems installing via wubi.
Since the D270 is a netbook, it has no optical drive. You either need to use an external optical drive or a usb flash drive to install Ubuntu. (or any other version of Linux)
Either one would be treated as a Live cd by the hardware.
You need to set your bios to boot from the external device. You can usually enter the bios from the splash screen using either the F2 or F10 key. (this differs from one machine to the next)
Boot up the live cd and select install from the menu it presents. follow the prompts and select "install side-by-side with existing OS" when asked.
(exact wording may vary)
Use the default install for now. You can always do something different at a later stage if you want to.
It should take between half an hour to an hour to complete the installation process so be patient.
Booting the computer after installing Ubuntu will give you a Grub menu with Ubuntu as the first option. Select that (or wait for it to time-out, it will boot Ubuntu by default)
Connect to the Internet and update the system. (Ubuntu should automatically prompt you to do this as I recall)
One last comment. Windows 7 Home Starter is locked down, not stripped down. You can 'upgrade' it to Windows 7 Home Basic by buying a licence from Microsoft.
Some folks seem to be fine with wubi but it has some odd results that few can fix.
Wubi is a way to boot to a virtual filesystem on your windows partition. It assumes a few things. One is that the download is correct. You almost always have to test downloads.
I'd use Windows' admin tools, programs to remove wubi and make sure the virtual file is gone. Be sure your loader is back. This is kind of a dangerous task at this point too. See if you have any way to make dvd's or recovery disks NOW before it is too late. The virtual file might have been placed on a small partition that is used to recover the system. If you can recover it then I'd consider that. Maybe a backup with clonezilla or g4u or such.
Then as above I might just live with real or live installs to a usb and just boot to a usb flash drive. An 16G is pretty cheap now.
If you don't care about windows then you can just wipe it out from booting to a live usb.
I am using an Aspire one D270-1892 as I write this. I have not tried to put Ubuntu on this machine yet (but I have on my other two machines - laptop and computer). One draw back is that the Aspire one D270 has only 1 GB memory and it needs a tech to bring it up to 2 GB as the whole machine has to be opened, ruining the warrantee. That is why Windows starter is installed. https://help.ubuntu.com/lts/installa...are-reqts.html - this does not give the requirements when wanting to do a dual boot installation.
You really need to do a real install of Ubuntu to a dedicated partition on your hard drive as others have suggested.
Here is a great site for getting started with Ubuntu: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/
Lubuntu is the lightest and fastest member of the Ubuntu family. It would run much better on a low end machine.
If you plan on using that laptop for a long time, it would be worthwhile to add more memory. It is not difficult to add memory to a laptop as long as there as an access panel on the bottom of the machine.
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