View Full Version : [ubuntu] Help Please! Ubuntu 8.04 Install Error

December 21st, 2008, 10:03 PM
Hi everyone. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I am new to Linux and am trying to install Ubuntu from a install/live cd... I am having an error message on step 4 (maybe 5)..when it tries to start the partition phase of install this message comes up:

"No Root File Defined. Please Correct In The Partitioning Menu"

I have not other options other than to exit installation....

My computer:

XP PRO sp3
AMD 4800 Athlon X2 2.5GHz
250GB Hard Drive
2GB Ram

Please help......I am so tired of Windows...and was looking forward to a test drive on Ubuntu tonight.



December 21st, 2008, 10:22 PM

December 21st, 2008, 10:53 PM
why don't you choose the guided install? then everything will go smooth.. Only choose manual install if you want to dual boot or have a seperate /home partition. If you don't understand the last sentence, you want to do the guided install..

December 21st, 2008, 11:18 PM
Thanks Nlz...I do want to dual boot...still won't mount my hard drive for some reason..that error pops up...over and over again???

December 21st, 2008, 11:24 PM
If dualbooting with Vista; allocate space for Ubuntu with the Vista partitioner first.

December 21st, 2008, 11:26 PM
pumalite...thanks for your assistance..I am running XP pro...is there a partitioning program in XP?

ranch hand
December 21st, 2008, 11:44 PM
XP should have fdisk. I don't know for sure, never ran XP.

December 22nd, 2008, 01:09 AM
You did not choose a mount point for Ubuntu in the new partition, that is why you get that error. What you need to do is make your new partition root by choosing / as the mount point in the partitioner.

You do not need an XP partitioner to do this.

December 22nd, 2008, 01:53 AM
thanks...how do I choose / as the new mount point...I get through the language and keyboard set up and then it doesn't let me go any further...am I missing a step??

December 22nd, 2008, 02:10 AM
Burn a new CD. Do md5sum on the iso. Burn at 4x or less. Do not use CD-RW.

December 22nd, 2008, 03:17 AM
Maybe this tutorial will help you get through your install OK:


Let me know if that helps.

December 23rd, 2008, 05:54 PM
Thanks! I will try it.