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HPHarty
November 16th, 2008, 07:19 PM
I have been trying to install a Vista Ubuntu dual boot on my ThinkPad T61. So far I have managed to create four partitions and install Vista correctly on one of them and the Lenovo Recovery partition on another. Here is what I have currently:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -lu

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x82fcf9f1

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 2048 12914687 6456320 27 Unknown
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 * 12927600 94832639 40952520 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda3 94832640 135792719 20480040 83 Linux
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda4 135792720 312575759 88391520 b W95 FAT32
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary.

Disk /dev/sdb: 2055 MB, 2055021056 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3981 cylinders, total 4013713 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 63 4013712 2006825 b W95 FAT32
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
cat: /boot/grub/menu.lst: No such file or directory

Partition 3 is intended for Ubuntu and Partition 4 is intended to be a shared volume for documents, music, video, ect...

I was hoping that when I started up the ubuntu installer (I created a bootable flash drive in place of a Live CD) it would just recognize these partitions and I could be on my way. However that is not the case. The only options the partitioner provided me with were "Use entire disk" and "Manual". Since I am a complete novice at this, I'm wondering how to proceed from here.

Keep in mind restoring the Lenovo Recovery and Vista partitions is about a 5 hour process that I absolutely do not want to repeat. However, the contents of Partition 4 are safely backed up on an external drive, so that one may be expendable. I also have a GParted Live CD if it is needed. Thanks for your help Ubuntu people.

taurus
November 16th, 2008, 07:25 PM
Just pick the manual option and then tell the installer to mount whichever partition you want to use for Ubuntu as / and format it as ext3 filesystem. Then, mount the other one that you want to share between Ubuntu and windows to somewhere. Also, it's a good idea to have a swap partition when you install Ubuntu.