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    Ubuntu 11.04 Disk Utility not working


    I cannot get the Disk Utility to launch, when I click the icon the cursor rotates and stops but nothing happens.

    I uninstalled and reinstalled the Disk Utility, still not working.

    I have three HDDs and many partitions. I multi boot Linux, Win 7 and Win XP.

    All OS's boot cleanly using EasyBCD boot loader.

    It did not work in 10.04 or 10.10.

    Any advise would be welcome.

    toolman59

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    Have you tried running it from a command line? That way, you should be able to see what the problem is. Which Disk Utility are you running, palimpsest?
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Thanks Rubberman
    Running palimpsest
    I am new to Linux, what is the correct command? I am OK to open command line.

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    From the command line, simply run the command 'palimpsest &' (leaving off the quotes). If there are problems (missing libraries, etc), then you should see some error messages on the terminal window. Post those here.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Ran palimpsest & and this is the result

    libgdu:ERROR:gdu-pool.c:2369:device_recurse: assertion failed: (depth < 100)

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    That's basically a program bug. See if you can get an updated copy, or another version of the program, or alternatively, download the source code and build/install that.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Thanks Rubberman, I will try your suggestions.

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    It may also be a problem with the partition tables as mentioned in this bug report;

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ty/+bug/571038

    Apparently if the partitions are listed in a certain order but are physically in a different order on the hard drive it will cause this bug to happen.

    You can use gparted to check the partition tables for any errors.

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    I had a look at the link, I too have used Paragon Hard Disk Manager in Windows 7, so as you say, it seems to stem from Windows 7 partition layout that thros Linux apps.

    At least now, thanks to you, I am getting closer to solving the problem.

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    Ubuntu 11.04 Disk Utility not working

    This is the output from "fdisk -l"

    omitting empty partition (5)

    Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 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: 0xaa2caa2c

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 1275 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 1276 38914 302329786+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 1276 2630 10884006 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda6 2631 6375 30081681 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda7 6376 8925 20482843+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda8 8926 11475 20482843+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda9 11476 16529 40596223+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda10 16634 19183 20482843+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda11 19184 21733 20482843+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda12 21734 38913 137998318+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    omitting empty partition (5)

    Disk /dev/sdb: 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: 0x23d2835d

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb3 2 60802 488378551+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sdb5 2 1021 8193118+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdb6 1022 7523 52227283+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdb7 7524 45886 308150766 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/sdc: 41.0 GB, 40982151168 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4982 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: 0x0008f5e8

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 1 4773 38333440 83 Linux
    /dev/sdc2 4773 4983 1685505 5 Extended
    /dev/sdc5 4773 4983 1685504 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sde: 2000 MB, 2000683008 bytes
    62 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1016 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 3844 * 512 = 1968128 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x69737369

    This doesn't look like a partition table
    Probably you selected the wrong device.

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sde1 ? 486413 530297 84344761 69 Unknown
    Partition 1 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
    phys=(68, 13, 10) logical=(486412, 58, 42)
    Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
    phys=(288, 115, 43) logical=(530296, 49, 25)
    Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sde2 ? 442643 929085 934940732+ 73 Unknown
    Partition 2 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
    phys=(371, 114, 37) logical=(442642, 58, 3
    Partition 2 has different physical/logical endings:
    phys=(366, 32, 33) logical=(929084, 33, 4)
    Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sde3 ? 1 1 0 74 Unknown
    Partition 3 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
    phys=(371, 114, 37) logical=(0, 41, 32)
    Partition 3 has different physical/logical endings:
    phys=(372, 97, 50) logical=(0, 41, 31)
    Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sde4 1 893630 1717556736 0 Empty
    Partition 4 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
    phys=(0, 0, 0) logical=(0, 0, 1)
    Partition 4 has different physical/logical endings:
    phys=(0, 0, 0) logical=(893629, 57, 62)
    Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary.

    Partition table entries are not in disk order

    In Windows 7 the partitions on Disk 0 and Disk 1 on the face of it line up.

    The question now is what do I have to do to get rid of these mis-alignments?

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