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Ubuntu / Re: Error message in downloading Ubuntu 10.04
« on: May 08, 2010, 09:10:20 am »
Yep that's all done. I somewhat optimistically tried to boot from the disk again and the drive wasn't sounding too bad and I thought, hey maybe it takes a while lets let it run all night. Yeah didn't work. Come down this morning to the same purple screen. Off to get my hands on some kind of external device now. fingers crossed.

Ubuntu / Re: Error message in downloading Ubuntu 10.04
« on: May 08, 2010, 12:51:03 am »
Right, that's done and now rebooting. I'm guessing that'll stop the boot option coming up? Reckon it'll do owt else?

Ubuntu / Re: Error message in downloading Ubuntu 10.04
« on: May 08, 2010, 12:17:54 am »
Right, I don't see the windows bootloader when I select the ubuntu boot. I deleted a load of files, recently looked at the add/remove programs and ubuntu was there with no size indication next to it and the only option was to remove it from the list as it had probably been deleted. There is no ubuntu folder but here is my boot.ini

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
C:\wubildr.mbr = "Ubuntu"

Ah sorry for misleading you. My last statement was somewhat facetious and a reference to your statement of how to log in to reality. I was losing the plot somewhat at that stage. Phew!

Ubuntu / Re: Error message in downloading Ubuntu 10.04
« on: May 07, 2010, 11:22:06 pm »
OK. Yeah I think it did save something but as I go by the motto "always clean up and delete the things you're going to need again in the near future" I downloaded it again.

I've now come to the conclusion that the only way I'm going to get linux on this machine is by changing my cd/dvd drive, plugging in an external one or plugging in a flash drive. All require me buying hardware so I'll be retiring for the evening very soon.

Short story, managed to get gparted and ubuntu ... .iso files on two different cd's. booted from gparted disk and managed to use it to delete the partition (screen was very unstable - flitting across the page horizontally (?) ) but worked ok.  Booted from the ubuntu disk and got to a purple page with a picture at the bottom of 6 little guys in a rectangle equals one big guy in a circle. Wouldn't go any further the drive just chugs away and gets nowhere. Eject cd and error message comes up, press return to reboot.

I reckon my conclusion above is correct but as ever, open to suggestions. Just one thing to restate, does the fact that I still have an option to boot to ubuntu on a normal boot have any bearing on this? Tried it for a laugh just now and gave me a "grub" prompt with a message that that was all that was available.

Yours  "Had enough of this but will be out buying hardware tomorrow if it comes to it 'cos I won't let it beat me!"

p.s. think I finally logged in correctly ;)

Ubuntu / Re: Error message in downloading Ubuntu 10.04
« on: May 07, 2010, 07:42:37 pm »
Gotta laugh. I spent several hours downloading ubuntu.... .iso the other night and since deleted it as "Wubi" didn't seem to need it.  ::) :-[

And now I've realised I need a 2gb flash drive when I only have a 1gb usb thingy, not sure if that's even the right thing. More fun with the cd when it's downloaded. I'll shut up for a bit now. :-X

Ubuntu / Re: Error message in downloading Ubuntu 10.04
« on: May 07, 2010, 06:39:52 pm »
Right. Now I know wubi is not the way to go as I want the "immunity" of Linux. I guess I could try the pendrive option. I'll try some more and return with news. Mark thanks so much for your help. p.s. I went straight out after my previous posting so didn't see your messages.

Ubuntu / Re: Error message in downloading Ubuntu 10.04
« on: May 07, 2010, 02:47:07 pm »
Thanks for the reply. Not tried your suggestions yet just thought I'd answer your questions first.

I am using the wubi program which is the windows installer they offer on the ubuntu site, so yes I'm doing it from within windows (Windows will remain on the drive, not sure how this will change when/if I get used to using Linux). The reason for this is that I have already tried downloading the file which is meant to be burnt to disk and used as a boot disk but I had errors and wasn't convinced it was going to work. My cd/dvd drive has failed to recognised dvd's just recently (music cd's and cdrom's are fine) so I thought the disk option was a non starter. 

I'm off now to get some new disks to try this out with, hoping the drive won't be an issue now that I've gotten over the other probs. Ta very much, I'll try again later and post back with results.

p.s. I've noticed a message on this site saying not to install ubuntu 10.04 at this time. Is this anything to be concerned about?

Ubuntu / Re: Error message in downloading Ubuntu 10.04
« on: May 07, 2010, 11:44:14 am »
Hi all. I was experiencing the same problems as garryst and was very glad to see the solution up here which helped me immensely. Thanks very much.  I am still having problems and will gladly start a new thread but thought it was worthwhile adding to this one unless otherwise advised.  The problem is with my partition. I didn't make a new partition to begin with and the installation failed several times. After being advised by a friend where I was going wrong I downloaded EASEUS and set up a new partition. When I try to install Ubuntu I get the screen which asks me about location, username etc but I only have the choice of one partition and not the new one. Initially I had it set up as logical and now it's primary, still no go. Any help here would be massively appreciated. Regards Bob.

Just to add,   I noticed the new partition was very small and was quickly filled with system files (I guess as nothing showed up in explorer). So I shrunk the existing partition by 4gb and then created a new partition for Linux. Still no go. Also, I still get a boot option when restarting the machine which has been there since I first tried to install ubuntu over the windows partition. Any relevance?

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