View Full Version : [ubuntu] "can't find active filesystem" when installing from CD

December 1st, 2010, 01:02 PM
Hi All,

Been having this problem for a while now, (see prvious thread for some extra info: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9948328#post9948328)

Appears to be a problem with my laptop (http://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-DV.../dp/B001NPDKWG (http://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-DV4-1220US-14-1-Inch-Processor/dp/B001NPDKWG)), no matter what OS I am trying to install I get some sort of error relating to the hard drive, on ubuntu it's that it can't find an active filesystem, on XP it blue screens and tells me to run chkdsk.

I've tried with a few different hard drives, all of which allow me to boot into the already installed OS fine, but give me the exact same error when trying to install an OS. After playing around taking the hard drives in and out and reformatting them it will occasionally get past the problem, but not without a significant amount of screwing around, and if I don't install on that occasion and just restart without changing anything the problem will reappear.

Really need to sort this out as I need to set up a dual boot of ubuntu and XP, and it's going to be a nightmare.

Any suggestions on alternate ways of installing would be welcome also, would it be possible to copy the contents of a live CD to my hard drive and boot into the install form it? Seems unlikely it would be able to say it wasn't found when it was running the install from it.

December 1st, 2010, 03:12 PM
maybe you can take note of what other users have done :)


December 1st, 2010, 03:36 PM
I've googled for possible solutions already, nothing. This issue does not appear to be SSD related as I originally thought, which is why I didn't mention SSD in this post.

It's happening across 3 different hard drives, 2 of which aren't ssd, I'm getting the impression there is an issue which my motherboard, so I would also appreciate any ideas for alternate install methods as well.

Later, I'm going to try making a bootable USB install on the hard drive I want to install on, then putting it inside my laptop and trying to boot and install from the same drive I am installing to. Anyone know if that would be doable?