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ChipUser
July 3rd, 2010, 11:43 AM
Hello,

I have a dual boot system with Win7 and Ubuntu 9.10. Karmic was upgraded from 9.04 and still has grub1

I want to install 10.04 over the 9.04 (fresh install). I'm using the Desktop edition iso, burnt on a CD. When it gets to the partition selection it says that there is no OS on my comp and offers to install over the whole disk. At this point I cancelled the installation and went in my old 9.10 to check my partitions. Using fdisk they appear normal, but GParted sees my disk as unpartitioned.

Here is some info on my system:


Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub 0.97 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive
in partition #6 for /boot/grub/stage2 and /boot/grub/menu.lst.

sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 7
Boot files/dirs: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sda3: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

sda4: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sda5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sda6: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext3
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 9.10
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/menu.lst /etc/fstab

=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xa8d32665

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 63 8,385,929 8,385,867 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 * 8,385,930 62,910,539 54,524,610 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 62,910,540 377,479,304 314,568,765 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 377,479,305 488,408,129 110,928,825 f W95 Ext d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 377,479,368 385,479,674 8,000,307 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 385,479,738 488,392,064 102,912,327 83 Linux

/dev/sda4 ends after the last sector of /dev/sda

blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/sda1 3000C7A900C7747E ntfs SWAP
/dev/sda2 90A0D9DEA0D9CABC ntfs WIN
/dev/sda3 68746003745FD284 ntfs DATA
/dev/sda5 7b330892-6efe-4385-95b3-e21aa54874d8 swap
/dev/sda6 f8f540e9-9d5e-435d-97ac-318e9617a5be ext3

============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev/sda6 / ext3 (rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro)


=========================== sda6/boot/grub/menu.lst: ===========================

# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
# grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.

## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
# WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
# array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
default 4

## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout 3

## hiddenmenu
# Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
#hiddenmenu

# Pretty colours
#color cyan/blue white/blue

## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line) and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
# password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader +1
#
# title Linux
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
#

#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST

### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below

## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs

## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
# kopt=root=UUID=f8f540e9-9d5e-435d-97ac-318e9617a5be ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=f8f540e9-9d5e-435d-97ac-318e9617a5be

## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
## alternative=false
# alternative=true

## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
## lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash

## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
## e.g. lockold=false
## lockold=true
# lockold=false

## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenhopt=

## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenkopt=console=tty0

## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
## altoptions=(recovery) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
## howmany=7
# howmany=1

## specify if running in Xen domU or have grub detect automatically
## update-grub will ignore non-xen kernels when running in domU and vice versa
## e.g. indomU=detect
## indomU=true
## indomU=false
# indomU=detect

## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
## memtest86=false
# memtest86=true

## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false

## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
## can be true or false
# savedefault=false

## ## End Default Options ##

title Ubuntu 9.10, kernel 2.6.31-22-generic
uuid f8f540e9-9d5e-435d-97ac-318e9617a5be
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-22-generic root=UUID=f8f540e9-9d5e-435d-97ac-318e9617a5be ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-22-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 9.10, kernel 2.6.31-22-generic (recovery mode)
uuid f8f540e9-9d5e-435d-97ac-318e9617a5be
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-22-generic root=UUID=f8f540e9-9d5e-435d-97ac-318e9617a5be ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-22-generic

title Ubuntu 9.10, memtest86+
uuid f8f540e9-9d5e-435d-97ac-318e9617a5be
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
quiet

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title Other operating systems:
root


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda2
title Windows Vista (loader)
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1


=============================== sda6/etc/fstab: ===============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'vol_id --uuid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=f8f540e9-9d5e-435d-97ac-318e9617a5be / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=7b330892-6efe-4385-95b3-e21aa54874d8 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

=================== sda6: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


199.5GB: boot/grub/menu.lst
199.5GB: boot/grub/stage2
199.0GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-13-generic
199.3GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
199.0GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-15-generic
199.0GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-16-generic
199.0GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-17-generic
199.0GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-19-generic
199.0GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-20-generic
199.1GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-21-generic
199.2GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-22-generic
199.0GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-13-generic
199.1GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic
199.0GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-15-generic
199.0GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-16-generic
199.0GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-17-generic
199.0GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-19-generic
199.1GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-20-generic
198.9GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-21-generic
199.1GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-22-generic
199.2GB: initrd.img
199.1GB: initrd.img.old
199.1GB: vmlinuz
198.9GB: vmlinuz.old

darkod
July 3rd, 2010, 02:41 PM
Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xa8d32665

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 63 8,385,929 8,385,867 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 * 8,385,930 62,910,539 54,524,610 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 62,910,540 377,479,304 314,568,765 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 377,479,305 488,408,129 110,928,825 f W95 Ext d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 377,479,368 385,479,674 8,000,307 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 385,479,738 488,392,064 102,912,327 83 Linux

/dev/sda4 ends after the last sector of /dev/sda

This seems to be your problem. Somehow the end point of the extended partition sda4 is set beyond the total number of sectors the hdd has.
But I'm not sure what exactly to do. Maybe using testdisk to sort out/repair the partition table.
Gparted is designed when such an error is detected, it just ignores the partition table that's why it's showing the disk like with no partitions.

ChipUser
July 3rd, 2010, 06:34 PM
Thank you, I didn't see that before. I used another partitioning tool to resize the logical partition.

I'm going to try install 10.04 now.