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Old 10-10-2008, 02:28 PM   #1
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Installation problems...

Hey all,

Just built a new comp (this is my first build) and was going to install Ubuntu on it. I made a Ubuntu DVD burning at the slowest speed possible as recommended. I started the process and entered all the info as asked then I got to the installation process. Only a few seconds in I got the following error message:

"The ext3 file system creation in partition #1 of SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda)failed."

I need to know what this means?/what is wrong?/what did i do wrong?

My comp specs are:
RAM- 2gb Corsair Dominator Twin2X4096-8500C5DF
GFX- EVGA GeForce 8800 GT
HDD- 1TB Segate Barracuda
CPU- AMD Phenom quad core

(P.S.) I've tried a LOT of fixes recommended on other forums, and I've been trying to figure this out for a good 3 days, however that said I'm open to any thoughts and would REALLY like to get this running. Thanks in advance for any help.
Old 10-10-2008, 02:43 PM   #2
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problem creating ext3 filesystem on your hard drive

Well, I know what it means, but am not sure what's causing it.

Ubuntu is trying to format your hard drive to install. The format it is using is ext3, which is a type of Linux filesystem (other choices might be ext2 or ReiserFS, but ext3 is probably the best choice in general). Windows has different filesystems, such as NTFS or FAT-32 or FAT-16.

The disk that Ubuntu was using is your first hard disk, as we can see from "(0,0,0) (sda)". If you are using only one disk drive, that's all you have. If you had a second disk, it might be (0,0,1) or (0,1,0) or (1,0,0) depending on how it is physically connected to your computer.

It might help to know details about your hard drive. Is your 1TB drive connected by SATA? Was Ubuntu successful in partitioning the drive? (It says it was going to install it on "Partition #1 of (0,0,0)".)
Old 10-10-2008, 02:57 PM   #3
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It is a SATA drive, and I'm unsure if linux is partitioning it correctly. I assume it is not even reading the drive for partitioning as GParted says no device detected when I open it or refresh it. However, before I go to the actual installation screen I'm able to choose the Guided choice for installation and just under that it reads my drive. It also reads my drive in the BIOs so I don't think there is anything wrong with the drive itself, but for some reason both GParted and the installation cannot read it to create ext3....if that makes sense...typing through a headache here :P.
Old 10-10-2008, 11:32 PM   #4
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Which version of ubuntu are you trying to install?

Perhaps you would have better luck trying the alternate install CD/DVD?


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Old 10-11-2008, 12:10 AM   #5
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I'm running a 64 bit system. I've tried the alternate and had the same problems. As for the launchpad links, I've seen them and I actually just opened my own for troubleshooting this.
Old 10-11-2008, 12:27 AM   #6
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Try partitioning only 10GB or so and installing to that. Probably a better choice than setting up the whole space for your boot drive, anyway. For swap, use whatever you want: 1GB 2GB, 500MB, whatever. It doesn't usually matter with that much memory.


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