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    debian-installer problems

    Okay, I was trying to install Ubuntu (which uses a slighty modified "debian-installer" if you are wondering) using it's so called "fast and easy" installer. Last time I cleared my second drive for Linux with RH9 (there...was an installation there, but I wanted to start over so I used the "remove linux pattitions" option), I had an input/output error from Anaconda...while formatting!

    I tried to remove the root partition at first using qtparted on Knoppix, but for some reason I could only delete the Swap. When I did Ubuntu yesterday, the root formatting was stuck at 33%, after a few minutes I recieved a blank screen, with a flashing white line at the bottom (I could type). What happened? My Knoppix and Slax worked fine (well...slax couldn't find my mouse), but why did this happen?!

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    Nov 2004
    Maybe you ran out of space.
    First make a "free space" partition with the amount of space you'd like to give to Ubuntu.
    Next time, the installer will give you the easy option to use that and will do everything for you.

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    Linux Guru bryansmith's Avatar
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    Nov 2004
    Are you trying to dualboot or keep a partition untouched? If not, why not let the Ubuntu installer automatically erase the entire disk?

    These errors seem odd to me and if you let the installer wipe out the entire disk, you can start fresh.

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    I am doing dual boot, hda is Windows, hdb is Linux. I said for the installer to do the whole "Erase entire hdb she! (shebang)".

    I was going to do the "rig NT loader to load linux" thing but now I am confident with Grub.

    Also, we did get a smart error after my first Linux retry after a few Windows bootups, diskcheckup told me it was the "Reallocated Sector Count of 1" that got whacked after that try. Remember, this was from my RH9 install, I am using Ubuntu this time so I can have a more modern choice, cause a few months after my inital install (that worked), Fedora was born.

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