View Full Version : [ubuntu] Partitioning Drive and Installing Ubuntu

December 16th, 2011, 09:55 PM

Its been a while since I've posted here. I gave up on Ubuntu a long time ago; I was eager to use it, but I just encountered too many problems with it. Recently I was persuaded to try again, I have a windows 7 64 bit laptop, and I stuck Ubuntu onto a USB stick and changed the boot order, and currently I am running Ubuntu from that (everything looks so much nicer and smoother compared to what i remembered).

Anyway I tried installing Ubuntu from here, however there was no option to install alongside windows. Only to replace windows or to manually partition hard drive. I reduced the size of the win7 partition and now theres 100GB of free space. However when I select this and click install I get:

Please correct this from partitioning menu

I am totally unsure how to fix this, any help would be much appreciated :)


December 16th, 2011, 10:00 PM
Hello, glad you found your way back to Ubuntu :D

can you run Gparted? it is in your applications of the Live USB you made. Just open it DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING NOW just make a screenshot and upload it here so i can help you better.

December 16th, 2011, 10:13 PM
Heres the picture, thanks for the reply.

(Hope it attached right :P)

December 16th, 2011, 10:18 PM
okay from here on it is quite easy...but first, how much RAM do you have? I need to know if you need a SWAP partition or not.

December 16th, 2011, 10:20 PM
4GB of RAM (DDR3 I think)

December 16th, 2011, 10:24 PM
I personally never used more RAM with ubuntu than ~ 1.5 GB... i don't know about how you want to use it. If you do not know what SWAP is, in short your unneeded Processes get dumped there if you have too many applications to free up some RAM (this is good for older computers). 4 GB should be enough to go without a SWAP partition, but it is your call pal. Do you want it or not?

December 16th, 2011, 10:26 PM
I guess ill be ok without :) Thanks

December 16th, 2011, 10:34 PM
then this makes the partitioning a bit easier. Now open Gparted again, right click on your Unallocated space (the 98 GB) and choose new. There on the right you must change the type to Extended partition (you already have 4 Primary partitions and cannot add a fith). Once you have the extended partition, below it should appear the same Space (98 GB) also unallocated. Again, right click it and choose New. On the right you should see the Field "Filesystem" and next to it a box. Click the box and choose "ext4". On the top of Gparted you should see an arrow that looks like the enter key. Click it and the changes will be applied. Now you are done with the partitioning.

December 16th, 2011, 10:43 PM
Silly question probably, but how do I change type to extended partition? as far as i can see any time I hit new, I just get the error message saying youve got 4 primary partitions - make an extended one. No option to make an extended one :(

December 16th, 2011, 10:45 PM
Do you actually use your HP tools? or do you not ever use them at all?

p.s. forgot to ask...do you have a 64-bit system?

December 16th, 2011, 10:49 PM
Yea Windows 7 is 64 bit. Also I have no Idea what HP tools are - so probably no.

December 16th, 2011, 10:56 PM
I once had an HP laptop and never ever used those...
so you can go ahead and delete the HP tools partition and then move the Recovery partition to the end of the hard disk. Also if you want i can do the installation for you (i will give you a link for a remote control program) i had this idea of helping for a longer time if newbies do not understand how to deal with everything. And i won't have to write so many things...you always learn it way faster when something is shown to you how it is done.

If you want me to do the install i will gladly do so (this will spare me alot of writing and explaining) here is a link for the program http://www.teamviewer.com/download/version_5x/teamviewer_linux_x64.deb when installed you can run it. It will display two numbers, your ID (it stays permanent) and a password (it changes every time you open and close the program). Install the program and write me a PM with the numbers. I will then take control of your PC and make the install for you, explainig in a text program what i am doing.

December 16th, 2011, 11:02 PM
Ok, ill PM you the ID and pass :)

December 16th, 2011, 11:05 PM
Umm installation failed :(

December 16th, 2011, 11:08 PM
Umm installation failed :(

>.< did you try again? maybe the 32 bit version of the program will work... link: http://www.teamviewer.com/download/version_5x/teamviewer_linux.deb

December 16th, 2011, 11:47 PM
alright i set up the install for you. Now edit your thread by choosing the Forum tools at the top and mark the thread as [SOLVED]