Kubuntu problem

A. Tres Finocchiaro fatbuttlarry at gmail.com
Sun Nov 8 17:20:21 GMT 2009

The installer should create the partitions for you.  The list could likely
give you the partition steps for a fresh install, but I haven't done that in
years as the installer does it just fine.

Is there a possibility that grub just has the partitions mixed up?  There's
parameters you can pass to switch the mappings around, but they kind of get

I'd seriously recommend the Ubuntu live CD (not Kubuntu) and try to follow
some boot sector tutorials from the "users" forums, probably including

You probably know this, but if you type the wrong command with fdisk, you
can wipe out one of your windows drives.  I'd recommend getting a sanity
check with gparted (or "Disk Partitioner, whatever it's called these days)
and then trying to reinstall grub from the Live CD so that Windows 7 and XP
are accessible.

FYI, I'm dualbooting Windows 7 beta and Ubuntu 9.10 final right now on a 64
bit box without any issues, but I used the Windows Installer from the Ubuntu


On Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 11:27 AM, John Mutch <john.mutch at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am new to Linux and Kubuntu and am not sure who should receive this
> information, so I will try here.  I tried to install Kubuntu on a
> Toshiba Satellite A45 2.6 GHZ, 2GB RAM, 160GB hard drive that also had
> Windows XP and Windows 7 RC installed.  There was about 10 GB hard
> drive space available for Kubuntu.  On rebooting after the Kubuntu
> installation attempt an error message appeared vice the computer boot
> :
> Grub loading
> error: No such partition
> Grub rescue >
> Had I known how to do it, the repair probably would have been easy.
> It seems there needs to be three Kubuntu partitions, including a swap
> file.  I don't know the proper names for these partitions nor how to
> set them up.  Clear step by step procedures would be appreciated.   It
> seems the swap file should be about 500MB from what one of the web
> sites said.
> I have tried to fdisk the hard drive to remove everything and start
> again, but the above error message appears every time the computer is
> rebooted and I have been unable to remove the error message.  It is
> probably easy to do from Grub rescue if the required commands are
> known.
> I teach an introductory computer class and have started talking about
> and showing a Linux OS to the class. Frequently at least one student
> knows a lot about Linux and most are interested in learning more.
> Any assistance on improving Kubuntu and explanation on how to restore
> my computer will be appreciated.
> John Mutch
> john.mutch at gmail.com
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