So I ran dd and just launched Gparted, and the disk is still showing up as 465.76 GB, meaning that Lenovo rescue partition is still there. This is what is causing all the trouble. I cannot believe I can't reformat my own hard drive because of some silly factory-installed Windows rescue crap. This is ridiculous!
Oh, jeez. Duh.
Well, I'm going to try to run the Ubuntu installer and I'll set up the disk in the install process.
I'll report back!!
Good luck and welcome back
Well, I'm thrilled to say that I got the disk partitioned properly and the install seem to run perfectly. I chose sda1 (/boot) for my boot loader and all seemed to go well. Now, upon reboot, I'm caught in an endless cycle of not being able to boot off the internal hard drive. The boot menu defaults to my CD, which is my first choice in my boot menu, but I think the problem must be something to do with GRUB. Any ideas on what I need to do to make sure I have a boot loader where I need to have it on the Ubuntu disk?
Almost there - thank you!!
I was only prompted to select where to put the boot partition. The drive map looks like;
/boot ext2 primary
/ ext3 logical
/home ext3 logical
[about 20 gigs in unallocated space for a shared partition to be formatted as NTFS later]
So we're still having trouble with getting a bootloader installed/functional. The problem is very similar to the one we had under Mint, running on a 12.10 base. Here is a link to that discussion:
We are now going to attempt to get things rolling using the procedures outlined here:
Will report back. Thanks.
The commands listed in that post for people who have a separate /boot partition are failing, so I've moved on to trying to use the GUI tool referenced here:
I'm told it has successfully repaired my GRUB installation, with a URL reference of: