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    Question i'm a new guy and need help

    ok, so I'm new to ubuntu and am trying to install it to my macbook pro 6,2. the instructions say to install rEFIt, and i followed the instructions for that, but I don't understand what the Mac OS X installation volume is. help?

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    Re: i'm a new guy and need help

    It is the hard-drive of your mac computer.
    Last edited by kgarbutt; December 27th, 2010 at 04:34 AM. Reason: typo
    EeePC 701 - 4G SSD - 2G RAM - 16G SDHC Card
    hp Compaq d530 CMT - 160G - 3G RAM
    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)
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    Re: i'm a new guy and need help

    ah i see. thanks!

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    Re: i'm a new guy and need help

    ugh, first, sorry to be annoying by asking so many, probably obvious, questions. but here i go: i'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 from a CD that i downloaded from the Ubuntu site to my macbook pro 6,2 running the intel i5 processor. when I go to install, the instructions say that you should click "specify partitions manually (advanced)" if the option "install to largest continuous free space" is not available (which it wasn't). So i clicked it and followed the instructions but I have some questions about them First, the instructions say to create two new partitions (in the free space i'm assuming, correct me if I'm wrong on any of this). So i do but I don't know whether to put it at the beginning or the end of the disk, or whether or not it matters. second, when I go to create the second partition, the instructions say to make it an EXT4 (which was not problem) but then it says "in the mount point drop-down menu, select /.FIXME: Image1, creating a swapspace FIXME: Image 2, a finished partitioning scheme." However, the mount point selection /.FIXME: Image1 is no available (in fact, no version of /.FIXME is available at all!) so i just named it that, but then the swap space /FIXME: Image2 isn't created, and when I try to continue with the installation from there, it won't let me. help.

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    Re: i'm a new guy and need help

    hi new guy,

    the term "FIXME" in that instruction means that whoever wrote that instructions left a note for themselves that they were supposed to go back and add an image.

    What it really means to say is that the mount point should be "/". the character "/" is used in directory paths: for example, /home/skullmunky is where my home directory is. a "/" by itself just means the root of the whole file system, which is what you want.

    The other partition you're creating is a swap partition, which is used for virtual memory. Just set the type to "swap", you shouldn't have to set a mount point for it.

    I don't think it matters which partition is swap and which is ext4, but out of habit I've always out swap last.

    I usually prefer to do all the partitioning using GParted rather than using the Ubuntu installer - I find it's a little easier to tell what's going on.

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    Re: i'm a new guy and need help

    thanks for the help and advice man!! I really appreciate it

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