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Old 01-13-2005, 10:03 AM   #1
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Error installing Ubuntu

I am getting the following error message when I attempt to install Ubuntu on my machine.

The test of the file system with type ext3 in partition 2 of IDE1 found uncorrected errors
The partition in question is my /home partition. There are no errors on the disk as far as I know and it works perfectly with other distributions. During the Ubuntu install I chose "Manual partition" I then selected to keep the data in this partition and mount it as /home.

I tried the following from ubuntu-live but the problem persists.

warty@ubuntu:~ $ sudo umount /mnt/hda2
warty@ubuntu:~ $ sudo fsck.ext3 /dev/hda2
e2fsck 1.35 (28-Feb-2004)
/home: clean, 11039/4997120 files, 7446506/9984397 blocks
warty@ubuntu:~ $
I've managed to install numerous other distros without any problems.

Any ideas what's going wrong?
Old 01-18-2005, 08:33 PM   #2
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I have a HP Pavilion zv5000 laptop and I am having the same error. To be sure, I check the md5sum and redownloaded a second copy of Ubuntu. Both had the correct checksum and gave the same error. I have Gentoo on this laptop and it was able to mount the partitions Ubuntu had trouble mounting.
Old 01-22-2005, 05:17 PM   #3
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I figured out why we are getting that error. If you press Alt+F3 you will see that mkfs.* can't stat the dev file you select. In may case, I have 2 primary partitions, and one logical (/dev/hda5). But when I try to formate or even mount any of the partitions, it fails. If i type ls /dev/hda?, there are no devices. However, if I look in /dev/ide/.../bus0/... I see only a disc and part1 device file. I don't see files for the other primary partition (part2), the extended partiton (part3), nor the logical partition (part5).

The question is, why can't the ide-module or devfs create all the device files.

Even though all the dev files are not present under /dev/ide/.../bus0/, i can see all the partition with "fdisk -l /dev/ide/.../disc". NOTE: I use ... where I because I don't remember the exact value.
Old 01-23-2005, 09:28 AM   #4
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I finally have Ubuntu on my Laptop. I use the Debian Woody to Ubuntu steps at the Ubuntu Wiki site at

I suggest a minimalist installation. Say no to both dselect and tasksel. After you have a basic setup going, follow the steps specified in the wiki.

I found that apt-get install ubuntu-base and ubuntu-desktop didn't do what I expected until I tried to install ubuntu-sounds and ubuntu-artworks. At that point, I added ubuntu-base and ubuntu-desktop.

After about 1G of download, which went really fast, over 500 packages were installed and I had a working Ubuntu on my laptop.

The only problem I have now is getting the ATI-II XP sound going. I have alsa installed, but something is failing even though I followed the Alsa doc.
Old 02-05-2005, 04:24 AM   #5
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I also have this problem. I have more than one primary partition and also noticed that not all the partitions were listed under /dev/ide/.../bus0/.. I appreciated lsackette's suggestion but do want want to go that route. I also checked the md5sum of the ISO and it was correct.


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