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jyper
December 14th, 2008, 01:24 AM
Can anyone help?
Atempting to install Xubuntu 8.10 32 bit
on an older laptop w/ ~50 GB hard drive that I think is one big NTFS partition

When I get to the partitioning screen no partitions are shown.

(Also strangely my windows parttion apears to be automounted under /cdrom

Pumalite
December 14th, 2008, 01:43 AM
How much memory do you have?
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems

jyper
December 14th, 2008, 01:57 AM
1/2 GB ram
The livecd is very responsive, its just when you get to the partitioning stage it doesn't show any partitions.

taurus
December 14th, 2008, 01:59 AM
Open a terminal from the LiveCD and post the output of this command.

Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal

sudo fdisk -l

jyper
December 14th, 2008, 02:18 AM
1.
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
2.

3.
Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
4.
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders
5.
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
6.
Disk identifier: 0x94e494e4
7.

8.
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
9.
/dev/sda1 * 1 7295 58597056 7 HPFS/NTFS
10.
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

taurus
December 14th, 2008, 02:25 AM
Is there anything on /dev/sda1? If you plan to use the whole harddrive to install Xubuntu, you could use gparted from the LiveCD and format it to ext3. Now, see if the installer detects the harddrive this time.

jyper
December 14th, 2008, 02:29 AM
A windows installation is on it.
A plan on Dual-booting in case the person I'm installing it for doesn't like Ubuntu, but like I said partioner isn't working, even to show mounted drives and I don't know how to unmount it.

taurus
December 14th, 2008, 02:34 AM
First, boot into windows and run a defrag of the harddrive a couple of times. Then, boot with the LiveCD and see if it works this time.

Another option is the wubi if you are not sure whether he likes Ubuntu or not.

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/downloadmirrors#wubi

Pumalite
December 14th, 2008, 02:37 AM
Try Gparted Live CD:
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=115843&package_id=271779
Burn the iso to disk and boot from it
(it works with unmounted drives/partitions)
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/documentation.php