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Old 10-12-2017, 02:10 PM   #1
_Mae
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No partitions available for selection while installing Linux Deepin [root partition missing]


https://prnt.sc/gwm9f9

I am using unetbooting for the installment. I can live boot normally into Deepin.

I have tried creating another disk and setting it on exFat (I have an SSD, so my main disk is NTFS)

My disks:
https://prnt.sc/gwmbob
http://prntscr.com/gwmces

Any ideas?
 
Old 10-12-2017, 03:46 PM   #2
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If you don't have any un-partitioned space the installer can't create a Linux root directory.

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I have tried creating another disk and setting it on exFat (I have an SSD, so my main disk is NTFS)
You don't need to create another disk with a Windows FS. You only need to create un-partitioned space. Delete this 39 GB A:
exFAT partition so you have 39 GB of free space. The installer will format this space with Linux file systems.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 04:09 PM   #3
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Did it and the problem still occurs :/

Last edited by _Mae; 10-12-2017 at 04:11 PM.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 05:50 PM   #4
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If you deleted the partition it should be detected as free space by the installer. Do you have install options, Alongside, manual, Something Else. Generally there are multiple install options so you need to indicate what you saw and what you selected. On manual install options, you need to set root (symbolized by "/") during the install as the mount option. Which windows, which install option, is it UEFI or MBR? You're pretty short on details.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 06:03 PM   #5
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Hope you aren't trying to make Linux use a NTFS file system(s).
Strongly suggest you try ext4.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 06:45 PM   #6
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It's MBR and I have no way of setting the root, there is no option for anything. All I can do is manually shut off my PC. And I am, indeed trying to use ext4, Jeremy.
I installed Elementary OS later, with no trouble at all and all disks were shown so I've installed it on the un-allocated space and set the root to '/'. Elementary works like a charm now, except it's kinda laggy even though I'm way over the recommended settings. No success yet with Deepin yet

Last edited by _Mae; 10-12-2017 at 06:47 PM.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 07:02 PM   #7
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What is commonly referred to as root is simply the "top level directory".
If you wanted to list its contents, you could type
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ls /
Don't confuse it with the directory called /root - which is something entirely different.

Try using the
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df -h
command, which will tell you about your mounted file systems.
 
Old 10-13-2017, 04:34 PM   #8
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Jeremy did you read the original post ? Your latest response #7 makes no sense. The OP is unable to install Deepin linux. How can they do ls / or df -h if they haven't installed the OS yet ?

To the OP is there any reason you need to install Deepin, a less popular distribution to say the least ? If you are having trouble with the installer not being user friendly there are many more popular distros with more user friendly installers.

For example Fedora is not considered a beginner distribution but Anaconda its installer has no problems recognizing un-partitioned space. I assume Mint or Ubuntu installers would have no problems as well.

Ironically enough I came across this review that claims the following:

Quote:
One of the most pleasant installers

I have used almost all major GNU/Linux based distributions and Arch Linux is my default OS. That also means I have been through the installation of all these distributions. Based on that experience I can say that Deepin seems to have the simplest installation procedure. Not only is it simpler for a new user, it's also quite pleasant.
https://www.linux.com/news/deepin-li...nstall-and-use

You can look at this page for help. The third screenshot on this page shows the installer detecting "Freespace" of 18.0 GB. Can you get to this screen or is your installer different ?

The screenshot in your original post mentions an error found that needs to be fixed to continue installation or switch to simple mode. Did you try switching to simple mode to see what this error is ?
 
Old 10-13-2017, 06:30 PM   #9
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I want Deepin because of it's style. I had Mint and Ubuntu, but didn't like them that much.

-I get to that screen (it looks different today as deepin got many updates), the principle is still the same though. No partitions or un-allocated space are detected though
I get the same error in simple mode
 
Old 10-13-2017, 09:16 PM   #10
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I get the same error in simple mode
Are you able to find out what this error is ? The message "1 error found, fix to continue installation" isn't very helpful at all if you aren't able to find out what the error is. It may be that the "easy to use" Deepin installer is very unhelpful when it encounters an error.
 
Old 10-14-2017, 04:44 AM   #11
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The error states: 'Add a Root partition to continue'. There's no way of doing that as it isn't showing any disks
 
Old 01-14-2018, 04:51 AM   #12
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I had exactly the same problem. Just read what others said before. Deepin requires a free unformatted partition to install in. So rather than formatting your partition with whatever filesystem you have to delete it.

Cheers, Willi
 
  


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