[ubuntu-uk] Two questions: 64bit live USB problem and dual boot with recovery partition

Dave Hanson dave at hansonforensics.co.uk
Tue Aug 16 14:20:36 UTC 2011

On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 1:03 PM, James Morrissey <morrissey.james1 at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have just received my new laptop. Its a Thinkpad x121e, with Intel (Core
> i3).
> I am trying to put ubuntu on it, but i am having some problems with
> the 64 bit live USB.
> When i run the USB i get i get a GRUB-looking screen, with options to:
> 1. Try Ubuntu without installing
> 2. Install Ubuntu
> 3. Check the disk
> Wanting to repartition my HDD (using GParted) so that i can dual boot,
> i 'Try Ubuntu without Installing', at which point the screen goes
> blank and nothing happens. I am then forced into a hard reboot. I get
> the exact same result when i 'Check the disk'.
> To check the USB, i tried it on my old laptop (32bit, Celeron M). When
> i did so i got a purple screen with an image of what looks like a
> keyboard and a man, and then a message telling me to try a kernel
> which matches with my machined architecture.
> I then tried a live USB with 32 bit ubuntu and the live USB works fine
> - i am sending this email from this live instance. The same can be
> said for a 32 bit Mint live usb.
> So i am not sure what is going on. If anyone could tell me why the
> 64bit install is not working, it would be great as i'd like to get it
> up and running. The only thing i could think of was that i have
> downloaded the amd64.iso, and this is an intel machine, but all the
> sites on the web suggest that this shouldn't make a difference (if it
> does, where might i get an 64 bit version for intel). In addition i am
> not sure why, if this was the problem, my old celeron laptop brings up
> the error message while the new machine just hangs.
> One more question i have is about dual booting and maintaining my
> recovery partition (something i have not had to do before). From
> GParted i see that the recovery partition is located at the end of the
> hard drive. I am wondering two things:
> 1. If i resize the windows partition will the recovery partition move
> next to it?
> 2. If not would i do well to install ubuntu between the windows and
> recovery partition, and how do i do this since the 'install into
> largest continuous space' option seems to have been replaced by the
> 'install alongside windows' option in the installer. Will the
> alongside option put the install in the right place?
> As always, any and all help is very much appreciated.
> Thanks,
> James.
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Hello James,

Perhaps not the most useful response you'll receive but...

I had the same issue with the live cd on 64 bit, the only way I could get it
on was to start with a 10.04 disk and upgrade. It did go without issue and
if you really need to get it on your machine asap perhaps this is the best

Best Regards,

Dave Hanson
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