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nosmokenofire
September 17th, 2010, 09:44 AM
Hi,

I'm new to Ubuntu and certainly not a computer expert. Basically I'm fed up with windows and everything Microsoft in general. I was thinking about changing to mac but a friend told me to try out linux. I'd always thought you had to be a computer expert to be able to use it but he said that it is no longer the case.

I have installed Ubuntu 10.4.1 32bit from here http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download and I like it. I have an ACER Aspire 5100 laptop.

Now onto my problem: when I bought my laptop it had Windows Vista home basic already installed on the C drive. There is also a D drive. I presumed that my computer has 2 hard drives C and D. As there was not enough space left on C I installed Ubuntu on D. All is going well... I installed thunderbird in Ubuntu as I was used to it in windows and then tried to import my profiles from the windows version to the Ubuntu version. I get some kind of message telling me that there is not enough free space on the hard drive. When I check using windows there is about 20 odd Giga of space left, and when I check using Ubuntu there is only about 1.9G. From what I can figure out from internet searches the problem may be that the HD is partitioned (hence C and D drives) and that ubuntu does not recognise the type of formating used on the D drive.

Does this make sense? Can anyone help?

Many thanks.

nosmokenofire
September 17th, 2010, 01:13 PM
here is a screenshot of the hard drive information, all in french I'm afraid. I wonder if I could get the same info in English

Rubi1200
September 17th, 2010, 01:30 PM
Hi and welcome to the forums :)

Do you still have the Ubuntu CD?

If yes, please boot the laptop with it and choose to try Ubuntu in live mode.

Then, post the results of the bootscript linked to at the bottom of my post.

Thanks.

nosmokenofire
September 17th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Many thanks for your help Rubi, attached is the result.

nosmokenofire
September 17th, 2010, 04:07 PM
One thing I forgot to mention about my previous post: I do not have a CD as my CDburner is having problems, so I installed ubuntu on my ext. hard drive and used it like a USB stick. I hope this does not affect the results.

Thanks for any help.

Rubi1200
September 17th, 2010, 04:16 PM
Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

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

=> Acer 3 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda
=> Syslinux is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb

sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /ntldr /ntdetect.com

sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

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

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: /ubuntu/winboot/wubildr.mbr /ubuntu/winboot/wubildr
/ubuntu/disks/root.disk /ubuntu/disks/swap.disk

sda3/Wubi: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab

sdb1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Fat32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

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

Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders, total 156301488 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 63 16,370,234 16,370,172 27 Hidden HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 * 16,370,235 86,654,609 70,284,375 6 FAT16
/dev/sda3 86,654,610 156,296,384 69,641,775 7 HPFS/NTFS


Drive: sdb ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sdb: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 63 488,392,064 488,392,002 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/loop0 squashfs
/dev/loop1 2ac143a9-67d6-4d10-ab96-cb05242424ad ext4
/dev/sda1 8A408E8916D9B5D2 ntfs PQSERVICE
/dev/sda2 64700DE6700DBFB2 ntfs ACER
/dev/sda3 BA78567378562DFF ntfs
/dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos"
/dev/sdb1 3104-170B vfat PENDRIVE
/dev/sdb: PTTYPE="dos"

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

Device Mount_Point Type Options

aufs / aufs (rw)
/dev/sdb1 /cdrom vfat (rw,relatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=cp437, iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/loop0 /rofs squashfs (ro,noatime)


======================== sda3/Wubi/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ========================

#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
load_env
fi
set default="0"
if [ ${prev_saved_entry} ]; then
set saved_entry=${prev_saved_entry}
save_env saved_entry
set prev_saved_entry=
save_env prev_saved_entry
set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
if [ -z ${boot_once} ]; then
saved_entry=${chosen}
save_env saved_entry
fi
}

function recordfail {
set recordfail=1
if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then if [ -z ${boot_once} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}
if [ ${recordfail} = 1 ]; then
set timeout=-1
else
set timeout=10
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_lupin ###
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.32-24-generic" {
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,3)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set ba78567378562dff
loopback loop0 /ubuntu/disks/root.disk
set root=(loop0)
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-24-generic root=/dev/sda3 loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-24-generic
}
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.32-24-generic (recovery mode)" {
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,3)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set ba78567378562dff
loopback loop0 /ubuntu/disks/root.disk
set root=(loop0)
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-24-generic root=/dev/sda3 loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-24-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_lupin ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Windows NT/2000/XP (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 8a408e8916d9b5d2
drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
chainloader +1
}
menuentry "Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda2)" {
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,2)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 64700de6700dbfb2
drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

============================= sda3/Wubi/etc/fstab: =============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid -o value -s 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 nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
/host/ubuntu/disks/root.disk / ext4 loop,errors=remount-ro 0 1
/host/ubuntu/disks/swap.disk none swap loop,sw 0 0

================= sda3/Wubi: Location of files loaded by Grub: =================


5.0GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
1.5GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-24-generic
1.4GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-24-generic
1.5GB: initrd.img
1.4GB: vmlinuz

srs5694
September 17th, 2010, 05:58 PM
It looks to me like you've got a WUBI install, which is a way to install Linux inside a Windows partition. I've never used WUBI myself, but from what I've read, it's got a lot of limitations. It can be an acceptable way to get your feet wet with Linux, as it were, but it's not the best solution if you want to use Linux in a major way.

If you want to use Linux in a more serious way, I recommend you delete your WUBI installation and then re-install Linux using a traditional dual-boot configuration, in which you give a certain amount of space to Linux, a certain amount to Windows, and perhaps another batch of space to be used by both OSes (for documents you want to access in either OS, say). You'll need to decide how to partition your disk to accomplish this goal. There are gobs of threads on this topic here, so I suggest you peruse the forums a bit and then come back with more specific questions you might have.

nosmokenofire
September 20th, 2010, 03:04 PM
I guess I just jumped into all this way too fast without reading the manual. it looks suspiciously like you are right, I think I do have a Wubi setup. I had a look round in the threads and found a link to http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html I'll work from this and open a new thread if I come up against any more specific problems. I'm marking this one as solved.

Many thanks for your help.