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October 9th, 2008, 02:13 AM
Hey all,

Just built a new comp (this is my first build) and was going to install Ubuntu on it. I made a Ubuntu DVD burning at the slowest speed possible as recommended. I started the process and entered all the info as asked then I got to the installation process. Only a few seconds in I got the following error message:

"The ext3 file system creation in partition #1 of SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda)failed."

I need to know what this means?/what is wrong?/what did i do wrong?

My comp specs are:
RAM- 2gb Corsair Dominator Twin2X4096-8500C5DF
GFX- EVGA GeForce 8800 GT
HDD- 1TB Segate Barracuda
CPU- AMD Phenom quad core

October 9th, 2008, 02:34 AM
It means that the installer was unable to create the ext3 filesystem on your hard drive. Try making the partitions with gparted (System>Admin>Partition Editor) before running the installer.

October 9th, 2008, 02:38 AM
Or use Gparted Live CD:
Burn the iso to disk and boot from it.

October 9th, 2008, 02:39 AM
Am I able to or is there a way to do that with no OS on the comp? (I apologize, I'm a noob to both building and Ubuntu)

October 9th, 2008, 02:43 AM
Use the ubuntu live cd >gparted (System>Admin>Partition Editor) or as mentioned by Pumalite use the gparted live cd. It does not matter that there is no os installed as both of these methods do not require a os installed.

October 9th, 2008, 04:15 AM
Gparted is not finding my drive....I read that it sometimes is slow if your bios say there is a floppy when there is none...which may be my case...however, would that cause it to not read my drive at all? Or do I need to set my HDD as my primary boot source instead of my optical drive in my bios? ....or am i just lost? (dont answer that last question, i think i know already :P )

October 9th, 2008, 06:35 AM
Is you bios seeing your hard drive?

October 9th, 2008, 06:39 AM
yes, and when I go to install Ubuntu it sees my hard drive and allows me to select it using the Guided-use entire disk option (it says SCSI1 (0,0,0)(sda)- 1.0 TB ATA ST31000340AS under the guided option). When I select that and hit next it goes on to start installation, but then I get the message in my original post. Just can't seem to get it to read my drive when partitioning.

October 9th, 2008, 07:25 AM
Try giving this (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity/+bug/99908/comments/4) ago.

October 9th, 2008, 08:01 AM
bleh, i feel like an idiot...but where would i be looking for that text?....

October 9th, 2008, 10:14 AM
I would say, boot to the ubuntu live cd desktop then press Alt+F2 and type in the box

gksudo gedit /lib/partman/commit.d/30parted
then add to the bottom of the file
so it would look like this:

. /lib/partman/definitions.sh
for dev in $DEVICES/*; do
[ -d "$dev" ] || continue
cd $dev
open_dialog COMMIT
Then save and try installing ubuntu.

October 9th, 2008, 04:50 PM
Well I did that and tried to save it and got "There is not enough disk space to save the file. Please free some disk space and try again." For some reason my bios sees my HDD but the OS does not.I read somewhere that someone suggested plugging the HDD in SATA 5 or SATA 6.....dunno how that will help me, but I'll give it a try in the mean time. I have no idea why the OS can't see the drive.

October 9th, 2008, 05:26 PM
Rebooted and tried again and it let me save it....but it didn't change anything on the installation, still doing the same thing.

October 13th, 2008, 07:47 PM
I'm having the same problem. Were you able to solve it? If so, how? Thanks in advance.