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Old 09-18-2010, 04:26 AM
Doug
 
Default Step 5 of install fails_solved

On 9/17/2010 12:56 PM, NoOp wrote:
> On 09/16/2010 07:31 PM, Doug wrote:
>> On 9/16/2010 7:39 PM, NoOp wrote:
> ...
>>> Can you post a screenshot somewhere - perhaps imageshack? Also, are you
>>> using the liveCD, Alternate CD, or liveDVD?
>>
>> In both cases I tried (10.04 and 10.04.1) it was the live CD. What is
>> the alternate CD, what are its features, and where would I get it?
>> I know the CD of 10.04.1 works--it installed in school. (The same disk.)
>
> Alternate CD is a text mode install CD with advanced options.
> http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/downloadmirrors#alternate
> http://ubuntu.cs.utah.edu/releases/lucid/
> [Alternate install CD]
>
> It does not use the liveCD Ubiquity installer (ping Colin Watson - who
> occasionally posts here).
>
> For your issue, you might want to check:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity
> Search on 'lucid', 'partition', etc., to see if there is a related bug
> report. Example:
> <https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity?field.searchtext=manual+partition+%2Bluci d&orderby=-importance&search=Search&field.status%3Alist=NEW&f ield.status%3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITH_RESPONSE&field. status%3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITHOUT_RESPONSE&field.st atus%3Alist=CONFIRMED&field.status%3Alist=TRIAGED& field.status%3Alist=INPROGRESS&field.status%3Alist =FIXCOMMITTED&field.assignee=&field.bug_reporter=& field.omit_dupes=on&field.has_patch=&field.has_no_ package=>
>
>>
>> I don't know how I'd paste a screen-shot, except by photograph.
>
> Boot to the liveCD and at the 'Install' screen rather than selecting
> 'Install' 'Try Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS'. That will get you to a standard
> graphical desktop. Make sure you have networking working& then click
> the 'Install Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS' desktop icon. From there you can now
> use the standard Applications|Accessories|'Take a Screenshot' or of
> course Alt-PrintScrn.

See below
>
> Example:
> http://launchpadlibrarian.net/45114005/Screenshot2-ubiquity.png
>
>
>> When I get to that screen, I cannot snap on anything but the option
>> to blow away the whole drive and start over. Nothing else takes input.
>> Two other things that I didn't know about/realize when I sent the message:
>> 1. The same screen says there are no other operating systems on the
>> machine. (Obviously not true.)
>> 2. Partlogic 0.69 says the other partitions do not start on the right
>> number, that it should in all cases be 1, but it's not. I declined the
>> offer to fix this, but if I can get it again, I will let it try.
>> As I mentioned in a post on the Debian list, I have a backup for the
>> XP and PcLOs portions of the drive, but not for the Debian, so if
>> I blow everything away, I can replace 2/3 of what's there.
>
> What does gparted show (it's on the liveCD System|Administration|GParted)?

I can't post a screenshot, since I don't have a real network setup here,
but I did run Ubuntu's gparted. It reads as follows:
Upper right corner: /dev/sda (298.09 GiB)
Long gray bar across width of window, in the middle of which it says:
Unallocated
298.09 GiB
Below all this is a title bar, labelled:
Partition File System Size Used Unused Flags (then, below it
unallocated !unallocated 289,09 GiB -- --

My disk, a live GParted 0.6.2-2 gives the same answer. This disagrees
with fdisk, which shows the partitions, and obviously they must be
there--three operating systems coexist on the drive and work.

************************************************** *********************
Well that was this afternoon. After fooling around with the CD version
of GParted, I got it to agree that there were a set of partitions there.
I looked them over carefully, made sure that the Win partition was set
to "boot" and told GP to Write the partition table. It should really
not have changed anything, but it must have. (BTW, the partition
table is known to GP as DOS.) When I went back to install Ubuntu, I
went first for the live setup, and checked gparted. It showed all the
partitions. So did the pull-down menu. So I told it to install.
Well, there it is.

A followup: It created a nasty-looking and fast-disappearing grub
table at computer switch-on. The PcLinuxOs live disk produced

More Applications>Configuration>Redo MBR

then you look at the screen, and when you exit it, it asks if you
want to write a new Master Boot Record. You answer yes, and then
you have a nice clean GUI-type Grub screen when you turn on the
machine, which lasts long enough for you to read it and select
the os you want. PcLOs wins another one. But I need Ubuntu for
school.

Thanx to all who pitched in to try and solve this. I guess there
really was something goofed up in the partition table that fdisk
couldn't see. But I had run GP on the thing once before, and all
the partitions showed. Strange.

--doug
--
Blessed are the peacemakers...for they shall be shot at from both sides.
--A.M. Greeley

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