installaton incident, kubuntu-6.10-desktop-i386.iso on new laptop

Joe(theWordy)Philbrook jtwdyp at ttlc.net
Sun Mar 11 07:24:36 GMT 2007


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I picked up a nice new Gateway laptop (MT6451 Notebook PC)
It has an AMD Turion 64x2 processor and a 120 gig HD

I had little problem repartitioning it with a knoppix cd.

/dev/hda1	19 Gb	NTFS	reinstalled vista with included CD

/dev/hda2	14 Gb	fat32	D: for files I want to share with vista

/dev/hda3	 1 Gb	ext2	Will be for a /boot partition eventually

/dev/hda4	extended

/dev/hda5	16 Gb	ext2	intended Kubuntu / partition

/dev/hda6	16 Gb	ext2	currently Fedora core 3 /

/dev/hda7	16 Gb	ext2	currently an old version of Mepis /

/dev/hda8	 3 Gb	ext2	1 of 3 dedicated USER data ~/STUFF

/dev/hda9	 4 Gb	ext2	2 of 3 dedicated USER data ~/images

/dev/hda10	 5 Gb	ext2	3 of 3 dedicated USER data ~/dnlo

/dev/hda11	17 Gb	ext2	tmp storage for archive data 

/dev/hda12	 1 Gb	linux-swap

When I ran the Edgy cd as a live cd, it worked... So I smiled and
clicked on the install icon.

Everything went fine until step 5 of 6 where I noted that the install
routine planned to reformat /dev/hda12 as swap but had assigned all the
rest of the partitions to mount points "/media/hdaX" (where X is the
partition number)

The on screen instructions say I must mount one as "/" and choose at
least one swap partition. So I clicked on the mount point for
/dev/hda5 and selected / ...

But when I tried to continue it gave me this error message:

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/!\ No root file system
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I wanted an ext2 file system. NOT ext3 but since nothing else worked,
(not even letting the installer reformat /dev/hda5 as ext2) I tried
telling it to format it with it's default ext3. This time it did
continue... But it then said it was reformatting /dev/hda5 as ext2????

The installer is copying files as I write this... I'll be very
interested to note if /dev/hda5 wound up as ext2 or ext3.

It's ext2... 

Why would it not accept / on hda5 until I told it to reformat as ext3???

And then, once I selected that it should be formatted as ext3, why on
earth would it then reformat it as the ext2 I wanted in the first
place???

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