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    Oh dear, 2 hours in...

    Hi all,

    Another fresh user with a problem!

    Ive been trying for the last 2 hours to install 12.04 from both a CD and a USB, but to no avail.

    Sadly each time I try something different seems to go wrong so it's kind of hard tracking the problem down. Essentially it just crashes once I press the "Install alongside Windows 7" button, the screen blacks, then displays an array of messages regarding processes shutting down. If I press enter at this point then it restarts and just loads windows. It's really rather frustrating!

    Comp is a Acer X3400, 3gb, GeForce 9200, AMD 2.9ghz

    Thanks

    Nick

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    Re: Oh dear, 2 hours in...

    Can you run fine from the CD without installing? Is all your hardware well supported? That is the first test. Check the log files for "warning" and "error." I think there is a log file browser in the menu somewhere or do it this way: http://blog.jdpfu.com/2013/02/11/lin...-101-log-files

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    Re: Oh dear, 2 hours in...

    It worked absolutely fine from the CD, just the installation that goes wrong.

    I can't seem to find the logs though.

    just tried again, all good up to choosing the install options, then it goes to the splash screen, ejects the disk, restarts and boots straight into windows.

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    Re: Oh dear, 2 hours in...

    I can only suggest that we gather information about your system for now. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Info explains. There is lots of new hardware these days, so knowing exactly what you have relative to BIOS and disks will be necessary.

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    Re: Oh dear, 2 hours in...

    Have you checked the MD5SUM of the iso file you downloaded? A corrupt download can cause the sort of problems you're describing.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Oh dear, 2 hours in...

    Http://paste.ubuntu.com/5649136

    theres the boot repair log. Checking the MD5SUM now

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    Re: Oh dear, 2 hours in...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    Have you checked the MD5SUM of the iso file you downloaded? A corrupt download can cause the sort of problems you're describing.
    Checked ok. It matched the hashes on the the ubuntu hashes page.

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    Re: Oh dear, 2 hours in...

    Bah, still nothing.

    Tried various different versions but always the same thing. Ejects installation media and restarts...

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    Re: Oh dear, 2 hours in...

    You have run into the 4 primary partition limit with 30 year old MBR(msdos) partitioning scheme.

    Good advice on how to handle all four primary partitions used. - srs5694
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1686440
    Be sure to create recovery DVD(s) first. And a Windows repair CD.

    We normally suggest deleting one primary like a vendor tools partition, but you have used all 4 as required partitions. You might be able to remove the pqservice which is probably your recovery partition.

    But you can convert primary partitions to logical inside one extended partition. That may be a better way, then you can shrink your NTFS partitions to make room for Ubuntu partition(s). Always run chkdsk after any resize of NTFS partitions.

    You can download fixparts into your liveCD/flash installer and run it in terminal from that.

    To convert a partition from primary to logical, at least one free (unallocated) sector must exist between the partition and the one that precedes it.
    Fixparts - Repair broken partition tables (not overlapping issues) & delete Stray gpt data from MBR drives
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1705325
    http://www.rodsbooks.com/fixparts/
    First backup partition table, use your drive for sdX or sda, sdb etc.
    sudo sfdisk -d /dev/sdX > parts.txt


    GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial
    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
    Screenshots of using gparted
    http://www.howtoforge.com/partitioning_with_gparted
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Oh dear, 2 hours in...

    Crikey, that looks fairly complex. I had a go at shrinking one of the partitions to make some space, but it came back as "Unusable" on the installation. It also turned the 4 primary partitions into 1 primary (recovery) and 3 (4 after the shrink) simple.

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