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Old 04-19-2011, 07:00 AM   #1
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Copied Live Ubuntu 10.10 distro in new partition, but it conflicted with Windows 7


I copied a Live Ubuntu 10.10 64bit distro onto a new partition on a Dell Alienware laptop and it's conflicting with Windows 7. I get a flashing cursor in the upper left hand corner of the screen. I had used Pendrivelinux.com's universal installer to convert it to a live USB. I didn't have a USB drive to put it on at the time, so I placed it in the new partition. Neither programs will boot up now. When I try the Bios, all I get to choose from is the Hard Drive. It does not show the Partitions. I am running Ubuntu from a live CD right now. Can you help me get into the partions on the computer while running the Ubuntu OS from a live CD, or will I have to install the OS to access the partions to delete the Live USB OS. warrenc
 
Old 04-19-2011, 07:08 AM   #2
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Sounds odd. From a terminal in your liveCD, run this and post (all) the output - that's a lower case ell
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sudo fdisk -l
 
Old 04-19-2011, 09:42 AM   #3
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Thank you sgyOO. I Did it and this is all that came up.

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xa38a589e

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 5 40131 de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 6 1918 15360000 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1918 46586 358794264 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 * 46586 60802 114189312 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 46586 60802 114188288 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l all
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$
I found the pendrive after clicking on computer. unmounted it and then deleted the files. From the information above it looks like c disk somehow was reformatted as a fat32 file. How can I reformat it back to NTFS for Windows?
 
Old 04-19-2011, 09:59 AM   #4
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you needed to burn the ubuntu iso file to disk then install. If you have a wins 7 disk you can select repair.
But if you want to continue installing you can wiat until you get to partitioning program and erase sda5 then sda4 and install to free space.

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Old 04-19-2011, 10:13 AM   #5
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interesting dillema

You stated that you 'copied' Ubuntu 10.10 to a 'new' partition. Well, by now we all know that Windows makes many promises which it can't fulfill. One of these must be that creating a 'new' bootable partition on which you 'copied' a different operating system is probably not going to work unless you first created the other partition when you originally installed Windows. If you had started with setting up your box by first installing Ubuntu from a bootable disk and then creating two bootable partitions on the HD during that installation, after which you installed Windows on the other partition, then booting your machine would give you the option to select the partition that you wished to boot from, and everything would work fine. All the experiences that I have had in the past tell me that this is really the only way to go. I might be wrong...
 
Old 04-19-2011, 05:45 PM   #6
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This is really screwed up - I wonder if you started a wubi install from within Windows.
Before you start any recovery, get some more info for us - go here and post the RESULTS.txt.
 
Old 04-19-2011, 06:37 PM   #7
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Did you install Ubuntu or copied the files from the USB?
 
Old 04-20-2011, 02:43 AM   #8
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ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo bash [path/to/the/download_folder]/boot_info_script*.sh
bash: [path/to/the/download_folder]/boot_info_script*.sh: No such file or directory
It appears that it can't locate the file in downloads. I replaced the boot_info_script*.sh with what's on the actual file in downloads script055.sh and the same thing happened.

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo bash [path/to/the/download_folder]/boot_info_script055.sh
bash: [path/to/the/download_folder]/boot_info_script055.sh: No such file or directory
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$
When I right clicked on the file in the downloader it asked me to choose an application to open it with. Could you name the app. that I should use. bonixavier I didn't intend to install it only to store it, but being a live USB distro it began to install but didn't finish. I cancelled it. When I tried to install from the CD, I received a NO ROOT FILE SYSTEM IS DEFINED even though I choose the partition that had been formatted 32fat and had specified it again in the pop-up. Would you explain what they're referring to.
 
Old 04-20-2011, 02:57 AM   #9
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If your intention was to save the file you can save it in normal file until ready to burn.
You have 2 options now
1. Use ubuntu-live-cd and install it.
2. Get wins cd/dvd and repair.
Syg00 suggested that you backup either way.

Wins7 has the ability to repair if you have the dvd.
If you install ubuntu it will detect wins7 and be operational.

If you do continue you can delete sda5 and chose to install there.
Good luck whichever way you decide to proceed.
 
Old 04-20-2011, 07:41 AM   #10
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ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo bash [path/to/the/download_folder]/boot_info_script*.sh
bash: [path/to/the/download_folder]/boot_info_script*.sh: No such file or directory
It appears that it can't locate the file in downloads. I replaced the boot_info_script*.sh with what's on the actual file in downloads script055.sh and the same thing happened.

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo bash [path/to/the/download_folder]/boot_info_script055.sh
bash: [path/to/the/download_folder]/boot_info_script055.sh: No such file or directory
You need to substitute the correct path - or omit it altogether. Maybe just "cd" into the directory you downloaded it to then just do
Code:
sudo bash boot_info_script055.sh
 
  


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