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    Linux Newbie thesimplecreator's Avatar
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    ok im trying to install ubuntu and i used gparted live cd to shrink my windows partition.
    im new to installing linux like this i don't know how to fix this.
    heres a screenshot




    the alert box says
    "No root file system is defined.
    Please correct this from the partitioning menu."

    the first partition is windows xp with about 140gb
    the second is the partition i want Ubuntu on and its about 20gb

    please help
    im so confused
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    Your windows partition is fine, the problem is with your Ubuntu partition. You have chosen to use the partition as /home, which is the equivalent of only installing My Documents on to a partition where you want windows. You need to change the mount point of this partition so that it only reads '/'. This is the root partition from which all other directories are based in. If your drive has several partitions you can choose to install individual directories such as /home and /var and /tmp, etc.. in a separate partition. There is little advantage to this other than if you have /home in a separate partition then if your system should break you can reinstall and not have to lose your personal documents (imagine if windows broke and you had to do a reinstall - you would lose everything you had in My Documents).

    As a warning, you have chosen the xfs file system. I believe that Ubuntu may warn you that this file system is dodgy when it comes to installing the boot loader. Other people may help you with this, or you may try the ubuntu forums, or better still just use ext3.

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    thx i understand now
    i changed the filesystem hoping that would fix it lol
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