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    No option to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7

    I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 7 but the option does not appear in the installer. I have two partitions - one is used for boot and is labeled "System Reserved" and the other one is for Windows. I've tried to create a third partition for Ubuntu to no avail. Could somebody point me in the right direction? I'm running the installer from USB.
    Last edited by deiixmc2; April 29th, 2014 at 02:37 PM.

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    Re: No option to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7

    deiixmc2; Hi ! My Welcome to the forum .

    Show us what we are working with;
    Post back - between code tags - the outputs of terminal commands (from the liveUSB):
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    sudo parted -l
    Once the partitioning scheme is known we can advise further.
    code tag tutorial:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...8#post12776168

    a little info
    can go a long way
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    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: No option to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7

    Output for sudo fdisk -lu

    Code:
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xcc3a3c3b
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *        2048      206847      102400    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2          206848   730679295   365236224    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda3       730679296   976773119   123046912   83  Linux
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 3926 MB, 3926949888 bytes
    109 heads, 15 sectors/track, 4691 cylinders, total 7669824 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xc3072e18
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1   *          63     7669823     3834880+   c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

    And here is the output for sudo parted -l

    Code:
    Model: ATA WDC WD5000AZRX-0 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 500GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
    Partition Table: msdos
    
    Number  Start   End    Size   Type     File system  Flags
     1      1049kB  106MB  105MB  primary  ntfs         boot
     2      106MB   374GB  374GB  primary  ntfs
     3      374GB   500GB  126GB  primary  ext4
    
    
    Model: Kingston DT 100 G2 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdb: 3927MB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos
    
    Number  Start   End     Size    Type     File system  Flags
     1      32.3kB  3927MB  3927MB  primary  fat32        boot, lba
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: No option to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7

    deiixmc2; Humm;

    ubuntu is installed to that 3rd partition:
    /dev/sda3 730679296 976773119 123046912 83 Linux
    (but, you will not be able to hibernate ubuntu, as there is no provision for a 'swap' partition)

    You are not able to boot ? Or to put it another way, what results when you try to boot ?

    Maybe we need to install grub (ubuntu's boot manager ) to the MBR of the hard drive ?

    all in the process
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    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: No option to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7

    I haven't installed Ubuntu at all seeing as there is no option to install alongside Windows and I don't know how to use the "Something Else" option to dual-boot

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    Re: No option to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7

    I fixed it. What I did was run boot repair from my Live USB to install GRUB 2.0, then I went to the terminal and typed in "sudo update-grub". This added Windows 7 to the GRUB list.
    Last edited by deiixmc2; April 29th, 2014 at 02:36 PM.

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    Re: No option to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7

    deiixmc2; Hey,

    That warm feeling of satisfaction with a job well done, nothing else like unto it.

    you do good work
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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