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    Unable to install ubuntu

    hi guys, i just got the ubuntu disk today and i have a bit of a problem installing it.. please follow the link for more detailed information
    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/ubu...tml#post593967

    also, heres the screnshot of the error i get when i try to access one of the partitions from live CD


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    Re: Unable to install ubuntu

    Gathering from your link you don't really care if you can not boot into windows anymore as long as you're able to install Ubuntu and then access those windows drives. Is this correct ?

    Can you explaing in detail what happens when you try to boot into windows ?

    Also, which partitioning option did you choose when trying to install Ubuntu ?
    Last edited by laffinet; June 3rd, 2008 at 06:12 AM.

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    Re: Unable to install ubuntu

    The error tells you what is wrong and what to do. The NTFS volume did an "unclean" shutdown.

    Mount it with
    Code:
    sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mount/XP -o force
    make sure /mount/XP exists first
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    Re: Unable to install ubuntu

    make sure you have shutdown your windows properly

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    Re: Unable to install ubuntu

    aait, so ive been messing around with the live CD(to be honest, i could use it as my permanent OS 0_o) and i tried to mess around with the partitions.. so i broke up one of my existing NTFC partitions into 3 pieces and made the new one of them linux swap(1 gig) and another one ext3 with mount point /target, right now its on 82% of installation process...

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    Re: Unable to install ubuntu

    ait so i installed ubuntu, its workind flawlessly and so far i love it..
    the only problem that's left is to make my XP partition readable for ubuntu.(Vista one shows up fine)

    .nedberg
    i tried to use ur code and thats what i got.. to be honest i have absolutely 0 idea about what it says here..
    Code:
    kron@kron-desktop:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mount/XP and other Crap -o force
    [sudo] password for kron: 
    Sorry, try again.
    [sudo] password for kron: 
    Sorry, try again.
    [sudo] password for kron: 
    Usage: mount -V                 : print version
           mount -h                 : print this help
           mount                    : list mounted filesystems
           mount -l                 : idem, including volume labels
    So far the informational part. Next the mounting.
    The command is `mount [-t fstype] something somewhere'.
    Details found in /etc/fstab may be omitted.
           mount -a [-t|-O] ...     : mount all stuff from /etc/fstab
           mount device             : mount device at the known place
           mount directory          : mount known device here
           mount -t type dev dir    : ordinary mount command
    Note that one does not really mount a device, one mounts
    a filesystem (of the given type) found on the device.
    One can also mount an already visible directory tree elsewhere:
           mount --bind olddir newdir
    or move a subtree:
           mount --move olddir newdir
    One can change the type of mount containing the directory dir:
           mount --make-shared dir
           mount --make-slave dir
           mount --make-private dir
           mount --make-unbindable dir
    One can change the type of all the mounts in a mount subtree
    containing the directory dir:
           mount --make-rshared dir
           mount --make-rslave dir
           mount --make-rprivate dir
           mount --make-runbindable dir
    A device can be given by name, say /dev/hda1 or /dev/cdrom,
    or by label, using  -L label  or by uuid, using  -U uuid .
    Other options: [-nfFrsvw] [-o options] [-p passwdfd].
    For many more details, say  man 8 mount .

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    Re: Unable to install ubuntu

    Did you truly enter this line:

    Code:
    sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mount/XP and other Crap -o force
    and expect it to work?

    Jim

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    Re: Unable to install ubuntu

    You need quotes around any filename or volume name with spaces in it, like so:

    sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 "/mount/XP and other Crap" -o force
    --Me

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    Re: Unable to install ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by cariboo907 View Post
    Did you truly enter this line:

    Code:
    sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mount/XP and other Crap -o force
    and expect it to work?

    Jim
    Hey, no need to be mean here. At least explain what he did wrong, you're doing nothing to help.

    The error is that when you use filenames or directory names with spaces in them, you need to put a quote around the ENTIRE path. So that command should be:

    sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 "/mount/XP and other Crap" -o force

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    Re: Unable to install ubuntu

    cariboo907
    ofcourse i didnt expect it to work -_- i dont even know what any of those commands mean, and i thot that nedberg just made a "shortcut" for the whole name... but i tried it just the way he wrote it and thats what i got.
    Code:
    kron@kron-desktop:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mount/XP -o force[sudo] password for kron: 
    NTFS signature is missing.
    Failed to mount '/dev/sda1': Invalid argument
    The device '/dev/sda1' doesn't have a valid NTFS.
    Maybe you selected the wrong device? Or the whole disk instead of a
    partition (e.g. /dev/hda, not /dev/hda1)? Or the other way around?
    Last edited by Kronie; June 3rd, 2008 at 08:59 AM.

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