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    unetbootin help!!

    I'm trying to install ubuntu on a laptop where the cd drive is fried and i dont have the option to install through usb ive gotten unetbootin on the laptop and got through parts of the install up until it starts the partitioner at that point it doesnt recognize my hard drive any advice would be appreciated

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    Re: unetbootin help!!

    Do you know what model computer you have? Has the harddrive been upgraded?

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    Re: unetbootin help!!

    I don't understand. Try some punctuation to make your question understandable.

    Are you saying that Unetbootin cannot create the bootable USB?

    you say you don't have the option to install through USB. What do you mean by that?

    Or are you saying that you did make and boot off the USB, but the Ubuntu installer cannot detect your HD?
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    Re: unetbootin help!!

    Did you check the integrity of the .iso you downloaded? If that's ok, try running it through Unetbootin again. I'd also try Ubuntu's USB Startup Disk Creator if you have a working Ubuntu machine handy.

    If none of that works it's probably your hardware. If the laptop is failing to recognise an optical drive it may well also be having trouble with a hard drive.

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    Re: unetbootin help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paqman View Post
    If none of that works it's probably your hardware. If the laptop is failing to recognise an optical drive it may well also be having trouble with a hard drive.
    Some laptops use module interfaces so that drives like the optical drive are hot swappable (IE: IBM ThinkPad T41.)

    That's why it's imperative that we know the model/etc. of the laptop.

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    Re: unetbootin help!!

    the model of the laptop is a thinkpad r51 i don't have the option for a USB install because i dont own a flash drive.

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