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    Re: Dual boot with Win 7

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    It looks like you DVD has the Mac partition??

    Why would that be I wonder? I just downloaded the 64 bit ISO and burned to a blank DVD using imgburn.

    What effect does this have on installation?

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    Re: Dual boot with Win 7

    Well I'm turning in for the night. Hopefull I can get this solved soon

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    Re: Dual boot with Win 7

    I started with CP/M which was before DOS, so I am not afraid of the command line, but even changing systems a new command line and entering commands can be an issue (or scary).

    While most applications you normally will use in Linux have gui equivalents, we do not know what gui enviroment you are using. Default is Unity, I use fallback, but their is KDE, LXE and the other favors also. But the underlying commands are all the same so we often give commands to copy or type into terminal as that is easiest to explain.
    You can just copy and paste terminal commands, just be sure that you only do it from sources you trust.

    fixparts is a lower level fix of partition tables on disk, so it is terminal commands. The site you download from has the commands you should run.

    I am just copying & pasting from Rods books site. His example uses sdc or the third drive in his system, your should be sda, so you have to edit to sda, which I am doing here. If not sda then change to your drive.
    First command backs up just the partition table info, so worst case we have an easy way to restore. copy parts.txt from your /home to another drive, or flash drive. You can use your nautilus file browser for that copy.
    Then you need to use the commands inside fix parts. If it offers to delete stray gpt data say yes. You can use p to display partitions, if they look ok use w to write them which really should just be the same as you have but without the gpt data. Then use q to quit. If for any reason it does not look correct just use q.

    sfdisk -d /dev/sda > parts.txt
    fixparts /dev/sda
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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    Re: Dual boot with Win 7

    Alrighy then, I'm back and will try the advice
    Last edited by Remember2Wipe; December 6th, 2013 at 11:45 PM.

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    Re: Dual boot with Win 7

    Tried my luck with Gparted. I get the following message (don't know if this tells you guys something you don't already know)

    /dev/sda contains GPT signatures, indicating that it has a GPT table. However, it does not have a valid fake msdos partition table, as it should. Perhaps it was corrupted -- possibly by a program that doesn't understand GPT partition tables. Or perhaps you deleted the GPT table, and are now using an msdos partition table. Is this a GPT partition table?"

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    Re: Dual boot with Win 7

    General/noob question. I downloaded the package "gptfdisk-0.8..8-1.src.rpm"

    Left it in downloads (I opened the file viewer and didn't recognize any file types :/)

    Ran the commands
    sfdisk -d /dev/sda > parts.txt

    fixparts /dev/sda

    I'll just post terminal info as that'll probably help more
    [Tried Gparted here]
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install gparted
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    gparted is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fixparts /dev/sda
    sudo: fixparts: command not found
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fixparts /dev/sda
    sudo: fixparts: command not found
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sfdisk -d /dev/sda > parts.txt
    /dev/sda: Permission denied
    [/Tried Gparted Here]

    sfdisk: cannot open /dev/sda for reading
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ fixparts /dev/sda
    The program 'fixparts' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
    sudo apt-get install gdisk
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install gdisk
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    gdisk
    0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 336 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 760 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy/main gdisk amd64 0.8.7-1 [336 kB]
    Fetched 336 kB in 0s (754 kB/s)
    Selecting previously unselected package gdisk.
    (Reading database ... 168741 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking gdisk (from .../gdisk_0.8.7-1_amd64.deb) ...
    Processing triggers for doc-base ...
    Processing 33 changed doc-base files, 1 added doc-base file...
    Processing triggers for man-db ...
    Setting up gdisk (0.8.7-1) ...
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sfdisk -d /dev/sda > parts.txt
    /dev/sda: Permission denied

    sfdisk: cannot open /dev/sda for reading
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ fixparts /dev/sda
    FixParts 0.8.7

    Loading MBR data from /dev/sda
    Problem opening /dev/sda for reading! Error is 13.
    You must run this program as root or use sudo!

    Unable to read MBR data from '/dev/sda'! Exiting!

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$
    Last edited by Remember2Wipe; December 7th, 2013 at 01:30 AM.

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    Re: Dual boot with Win 7

    Quote Originally Posted by Remember2Wipe View Post
    General/noob question. I downloaded the package "gptfdisk-0.8..8-1.src.rpm"

    Left it in downloads (I opened the file viewer and didn't recognize any file types :/)
    This is the wrong type of package for Ubuntu. You should download fixparts_0.8.8-1_amd64.deb
    for a 64-bit system, or fixparts_0.8.8-1_i386.deb for a 32-bit system.

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    Re: Dual boot with Win 7

    The .rpm are for Redhat and its family of Linux distributions.
    The .deb are for Debian and its family of Linux.
    Mostly minor differences on locations of some key files, but one can be converted to another, but best not to have to.
    You will have to double click on the .deb file to install it. Then it should work.

    You need sudo on the sfdisk command. I never remember is sudo required, but if it comes back with permission denied and I did not use sudo then I just try again with sudo.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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    Re: Dual boot with Win 7

    Thanks
    Last edited by Remember2Wipe; December 7th, 2013 at 01:26 AM.

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    Re: Dual boot with Win 7

    Thanks. Guessed the mistake was something stupid

    EDIT: Downloaded fixparts_0.8.8-1_amd64.deb and when I open began to install it in software center it says:
    This Package if Bad Quality
    The installation of a package which violates the quality standards isn't allowed. This could cause serious problems on your computer. Please contact the person or organisation who provided this package file and include the details beneath.

    Lintian check results for /home/ubuntu/Downloads/fixparts_0.8.8-1_amd64(1).deb:
    E: fixparts: maintainer-address-malformed rodsmith <rodsmith@nessus>"


    Should I be concerned?

    Ya, sorry for asking so many questions. Must be getting pretty annoying on your end.

    Edit Dos: Ignored and installed. Package Operation failed
    Info:
    Selecting previously unselected package fixparts.
    (Reading database ... (Reading database ... 5% (Reading database ... 10% (Reading database ... 15% (Reading database ... 20% (Reading database ... 25% (Reading database ... 30% (Reading database ... 35% (Reading database ... 40% (Reading database ... 45% (Reading database ... 50% (Reading database ... 55% (Reading database ... 60% (Reading database ... 65% (Reading database ... 70% (Reading database ... 75% (Reading database ... 80% (Reading database ... 85% (Reading database ... 90% (Reading database ... 95% (Reading database ... 100% (Reading database ... 168761 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking fixparts (from .../fixparts_0.8.8-1_amd64(1).deb) ...
    dpkg: error processing /home/ubuntu/Downloads/fixparts_0.8.8-1_amd64(1).deb (--install):
    trying to overwrite '/usr/share/man/man8/fixparts.8.gz', which is also in package gdisk 0.8.7-1
    Processing triggers for man-db ...
    debconf: DbDriver "config": /var/cache/debconf/config.dat is locked by another process: Resource temporarily unavailable
    dpkg: error processing man-db (--install):
    subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    Last edited by Remember2Wipe; December 7th, 2013 at 01:29 AM.

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