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Aidenstar
July 2nd, 2009, 08:45 AM
Really want to install ubunto. I have a ubunto live cd and the installation process moves smoothly until the partitioning step, where it says that no operating system is detected. I am currently running windows Me...i know ancient right...that is one of the reasons why i want to upgrade to ubunto. So i dont know what to do from this part.. i dont want to delete windows...i would much prefer to dual boot. Does anyone know why it says that i dont have an operating system.

snek
July 2nd, 2009, 09:43 AM
Wow, I haven't heard of anyone actually still running Windows ME...
Your pc is not crashing the whole time? I remember when it was new, it was possibly the worst Windows version I ever used.. BSOD's all the time :P

I am not 100% sure Ubuntu actually recognises Windows in the partitioning step. Maybe someone else can verify this? It might be that it only searches for Linux installations.

Have you made a new partition where you can install Ubuntu?
I think you can fix the GRUB menu (GRUB is the bootloader, menu found in /boot/grub/menu.lst) to point to your old Windows partition and things should work ok then.

Aidenstar
July 2nd, 2009, 07:52 PM
Yes, I know it's almost impossible to find any help with Windows Me...seeing as everyone has already upgraded. It's not the best os that's why I'm anxious to get ubunto...but I'm not ready to fully commit to it.

I haven't made a new partition yet...to be honest I'm not really sure how...I was hoping there would be enough space on my hardrive that I wouldn't have too, I was planning to use the ubunto installer to just allocate the free space to install ubunto. But I didn't expect for it not to recognize Windows Me...Which I do know it recognizes others such as vista and xp. It wants me to install ubunto using the entire hard drive. Which I dont want to do.

I don't think I fully understand what GRUB is I'm kinda new at this, and I really hope you can help me...

oldos2er
July 2nd, 2009, 09:23 PM
What are the hardware specs?

Aidenstar
July 2nd, 2009, 10:42 PM
Compaq Presario 5002US
800 MHz AMD Duron ™ Processor
200 MHz system bus
40.0 GB 2 UltraDMA Hard Drive
256.0MB Ram

If you need any more specifications please ask, sorry probably gave you too much info. Thanks for any help you can give me. I'm getting desperate...

aidanandrach
July 2nd, 2009, 11:19 PM
I'm very new to this as well, so might be barking up completely the wrong tree here - but don't you need to shrink your existing partition first?

I don't think that Ubuntu can be installed on to a FAT32 partition (which I think is what WinME uses from memory), which means that you need to shrink that partition to create some unpartitioned free space, then create your new ext3 or ext4 partition there. Then you can install Ubuntu on to that new partition...

That's my experience anyway - someone will hopefully correct me if I'm mistaken.

Aidan.

oldos2er
July 3rd, 2009, 02:25 AM
I'm surprised you got the LiveCD to work with only 256MB RAM.

While you're booted from the LiveCD, can you open a terminal (Applications, Accessories, Terminal), and post the output from this command:

sudo fdisk -l

Aidenstar
July 3rd, 2009, 03:27 AM
Yes I did get the Live CD to work albeit very slowly...I'm anxious to get to see ubunto's full potential, at its appropriate speed.

Ok, here is the output:

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 5169 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0000675f

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 4791 36219928+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda2 4792 5170 2865240 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 4792 5170 2865208+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Hope that helps...

Aidenstar
July 3rd, 2009, 04:53 AM
Maybe but do you know what I could use to shrink the partition. Would I have to use some type of software, Because I'm not sure WinMe has the capability to do that itself.

aidanandrach
July 3rd, 2009, 05:03 AM
Maybe but do you know what I could use to shrink the partition. Would I have to use some type of software, Because I'm not sure WinMe has the capability to do that itself.

Gparted (on the LiveCD) will do it.

Aidenstar
July 3rd, 2009, 05:22 AM
Do I have to download Gparted or is it already on the liveCD...sorry I'm really new at this if you haven't noticed yet. Also, is it easy to use I don't want to go messing with my partitions and fry my computer. Thanks for any help you can give me...

sdlynx
July 3rd, 2009, 05:24 AM
If you go to System > Administration > Partition Editor that will start GParted

Aidenstar
July 3rd, 2009, 05:29 AM
Thanks I will give it a shot...

Aidenstar
July 3rd, 2009, 05:34 AM
Ok, i tried it...but it says unallocated 37.27 GiB. I still don't think it recognizes I have an operating system on it. Do you have any idea what the problem is?

sdlynx
July 3rd, 2009, 05:36 AM
Oh very strange. In that case I'm not sure what you should do (probably just because I don't have enough experience). Good luck though.

Its not that it does not recognize the operating system, it seems to not even be recognizing the partition that windows is on...

Aidenstar
July 3rd, 2009, 05:50 AM
Thanks for your incite... I hope someone else can help fix this problem.

fballem
July 3rd, 2009, 05:53 AM
Before you go any further please make sure that you have a current backup of all of your data.

I wish I knew enough to help you, but this warning is my only contribution.

Aidenstar
July 3rd, 2009, 06:04 AM
Thanks I guess... I've already loaded back to windows everything is still intact.

fballem
July 3rd, 2009, 12:26 PM
Ok, i tried it...but it says unallocated 37.27 GiB. I still don't think it recognizes I have an operating system on it. Do you have any idea what the problem is?

If I'm reading your note correctly, then you may be on your way.

Could you please restart the installer. When it gets to the partition page, you should have three options:

1) Use the Entire Disk (Automatic). See Out-of-the-Box below
2) Use Existing Partitions. Please have a look, there should be two partitions, a small one of about 2 - 3 Gigabytes and a larger one of 37.27 Gigabytes. If this is the case, then you will want to install ubuntu on the large partition.
3) Manual Partition. You don't want this option.

Out-of-the-Box

Thinking outside of the box for a moment, if you do have an external backup of your data, including e-mails, and you have legal copies of Windows ME and your other software, then you may want to try ubuntu as your only operating system, in which case select Use the Entire Disk (Automatic).

Before you do this, it would be helpful to have a list of the sofware that you use and would continue to need. It would also be helpful to let us know if you use either Outlook or Outlook Express for your e-mails, since these would need to be converted and stored on your external backup prior to leaving Windows.

Hope that this helps,

Aidenstar
July 3rd, 2009, 10:32 PM
Ok, did what you said, when I got to the partitioning page, it still said no operating system is found on this computer. It only gave me two options:

1: To install ubunto using the entire hard disk.
2: Manual partition

The good news is that I don't use outlook or any other programs besides microsoft word, powerpoint, excel...etc But as I understand it ubunto already has the equivalent of these programs already installed.

The bad news is that I haven't had the WinMe CD for some time. I'm using the first computer I have ever bought without ever having upgraded the os, and I have moved a few times since getting it. Basically what I'm saying is that I have misplaced the CD since first buying the computer in I think 2001. So if I delete windows it is for good.

But I am willing to do that. Really the only thing I care about in windows are my pictures, which I already have on a usb stick. I'm assuming that those won't be hard to switch over. I can bare to sacrifice everything else I have on there.

Also, I'm concerned about the learning curve of ubunto, I would like to know it its pretty steep. Obviously it doesn't look like dual booting my computer is an option, so I'm preparing myself to completely deleting it in favor of ubunto.

I would appreciate any incite you can give me, and whether or not you think that would be a mistake.

fballem
July 4th, 2009, 01:19 AM
Ok, did what you said, when I got to the partitioning page, it still said no operating system is found on this computer. It only gave me two options:

1: To install ubunto using the entire hard disk.
2: Manual partition

The good news is that I don't use outlook or any other programs besides microsoft word, powerpoint, excel...etc But as I understand it ubunto already has the equivalent of these programs already installed.

The bad news is that I haven't had the WinMe CD for some time. I'm using the first computer I have ever bought without ever having upgraded the os, and I have moved a few times since getting it. Basically what I'm saying is that I have misplaced the CD since first buying the computer in I think 2001. So if I delete windows it is for good.

But I am willing to do that. Really the only thing I care about in windows are my pictures, which I already have on a usb stick. I'm assuming that those won't be hard to switch over. I can bare to sacrifice everything else I have on there.

Also, I'm concerned about the learning curve of ubunto, I would like to know it its pretty steep. Obviously it doesn't look like dual booting my computer is an option, so I'm preparing myself to completely deleting it in favor of ubunto.

I would appreciate any incite you can give me, and whether or not you think that would be a mistake.

The good news is that the pictures are very easy to transfer to ubuntu. There is a learning curve, but there is also a lot of help. The concern is that if you install ubuntu, you may find that you won't have the resources to run it.

To mitigate this, I would also suggest that you download, and burn a CD containing Xubuntu, which uses the xfce desktop. It is similar to ubuntu, but it uses considerably less system resources.

More information can be found here: http://xubuntu.com/

The learning curve exists - it took me a couple of months to get comfortable - but there is a lot of help in these forums. Any problems or questions that I had, particularly in the early days, were quickly answered.

I have been using ubuntu only for about a year. I didn't dual-boot. Unlike you, I have a very powerful machine, so I could have dual-booted, but I took the view that 'in for a penny, in for a pound'. It has worked well for me.

Hope this helps,

Aidenstar
July 4th, 2009, 03:59 AM
Yes, however I would much rather run Ubunto. Is how the operating system runs on the Live Cd, an indication of how it will run when installed. Because it does run well, albeit slowly. But I think that has something to do with running it off a CD, plus I'm planning on overwritng windows. Do you still think system resources would be a problem. It will be able to run off of the entire hard disk.

I know I'm being stubburn, but I kind of like the look and feel of Ubunto. Wow...so you chose to delete windows? Any regrets?

fballem
July 4th, 2009, 05:04 AM
Yes, however I would much rather run Ubunto. Is how the operating system runs on the Live Cd, an indication of how it will run when installed. Because it does run well, albeit slowly. But I think that has something to do with running it off a CD, plus I'm planning on overwritng windows. Do you still think system resources would be a problem. It will be able to run off of the entire hard disk.

I know I'm being stubburn, but I kind of like the look and feel of Ubunto. Wow...so you chose to delete windows? Any regrets?

It took a while to get used to ubuntu. Once I did, however, I found Windows machines to be primitive by comparison. I got really use to having the desktop switcher, for example.

No regrets.

By all means, try ubuntu - full installation. I wanted you to have an alternative in hand in case the ubuntu installation did have a problem. It's not the size of the hard drive that's the issue, it's the amount of RAM (256K) that is installed in your machine.

Since you lost the Windows CD, you needed something that will work in case the full installation of ubuntu fails. As for the look and feel - once you get used to working in Linux, you will find that you can change a lot of things. It doesn't really matter if you are running ubuntu, xubuntu, kubuntu, openSuse, Fedora, ....

By the way, if you look at the avatar for my postings - that's the picture underneath my id on the left of the posting - that's a picture of my desktop. It doesn't look like ubuntu, but it is - I just made a few simple changes to the appearance.

Have fun, and be patient with yourself!

Aidenstar
July 4th, 2009, 05:43 AM
Thanks for the heads up...If Ubunto install fails I'll try xubunto. Thanks for the encouragement I think I'm ready to swear off windows for good. Hopefully I have a good experience with ubunto.

Also I was curious how would my low RAM affect ubunto? would it run slower?

fballem
July 4th, 2009, 11:13 AM
At 256K RAM, you're right at the low-edge for being able to run ubuntu at all. Xubuntu requires a minimum of 192K RAM, so if ubuntu does not run, or runs very slowly, you may want to look at Xubuntu as an alternative.

By the way, please note the correct spelling of ubuntu (not ubunto).

Regards,

Aidenstar
July 4th, 2009, 04:50 PM
Will do... I'm going to go ahead with the full installation.