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I've got that very same error in one machine, but not in another. The thing is, those CD's I've installed Ubuntu were shipped from Ubuntu, not downloaded from the net. Why that happens, I don't know. Still, after trying over and over (and over) the installation completed successfully.
Not happy with the results, I've formated my machine and tried to install again, same error. After a lot of trials and errors, it will come a time where the installer will pass through that error and install. If you have time and patience, keep trying. It will install, sometime...
I hope you did not lose your stuff ^_^. Primary partitions, as far as I know, are partitions declared inside the MBR (Master boot record). Since MBR is a very small part of the HD, it can hold up to 4 primary partitions only. A work around for that was the creation of logical partitions. Logical partitions are partitions declared inside a primary partition. Some operating system, in order to boot properly, must be installed on a primary partition.
One thing interesting (and so much better done) is the way FreeBSD handles partitions. It uses one partition and addional partitions (as /home/, or /usr/ or whatever you like) are created inside the FreeBSD partition. What is so great about that you may ask? You will only use one primary partition to install FreeBSD and all other partitions for BSD are created inside that primary one. Similar to logical, but not quite ^_^.
Well, good luck with Ubuntu. I found one of the coolest distros out there... sad about the installer though. I might give auto some chance sometime
Edit: I re-read your post. Install Ubuntu inside one primary (if you still have one) and the rest(swap, home, usr, whatever) as logical. That "could" work ^_^.
Last edited by Mega Man X; 07-27-2005 at 09:30 PM.
Cool! I'm glad it works. Not quite sure what I did though, you've managed to fix it by yourself, so all credits goes to you ^_^. If you don't know this link already, bookmark it. It's a guide for Ubuntu. It will help you out with nearly everything you need to tweak Ubuntu to work as you like:
Ubuntu, by default, does not have a root account. You should login as the user you've created during the installation process. If you need to ever do any admin tasks (starting/stopping services, adding or removing programs) use the sudo command. e.g:
sudo apache2ctl start
it's possible to create a root account if you like. Didn't you create an user during the installation? I thought it was a "must" to create one user and set its password
yes, im trying to create a user account but it keeps asking me over and over again for it.
When i installed Ubuntu where it partitioned my HD, everything worked but i could never log into root to make system changes.
After i got the installer working with the partitions i wanted, well, this is where i am now, not been able to get past the create user account. It keeps looping back. If i skip this, i cant log into Ubuntu at all as no accounts are created.
Sudo is a command that allows an user to execute a command as root. Since Ubuntu does not use root, everything is done with sudo. The first user you create is the only user that can use the command sudo. If you want, you could add more users to the sudoers file. Let's say you want to install gaim:
sudo apt-get install gaim
That's how everything will work in Ubuntu. It's possible to create a root account as I said before, if sudo does not do it for you ^_^. The Ubuntu guide explains how to create an user account.
You can read more about sudo by typing "man sudo", though, that's pretty much what you need to know so far =)