Natty full installation problems

Asked by Ivan Ratoyevsky on 2011-05-16

I have Natty Narwal installed as an application within windows XP SP3 (works lovely)but I wanted to erase all disks & partitions (which are NTFS at moment) and perform a full & complete 11.04 install i.e. not a duel boot system

**The Ubuntu installer automatically resized my disks original partitions.

THE PROBLEM: is the LiveCD runs the "demo or full install" option from the Wubi menu, step No.1 asks & shows English as the install language. (fine) No.2 asks that the machine is powered on,connected to the internet,etc. No.3 Fails or hangs on finding or detecting disks & partitions. The install process doesnt give me any option to erase the disks or repartition the disk so that I can install a fresh clean 11.04. Please help any advise much appreciated. The install just hangs at step 3.

DELL Inspiron desktop mini tower
CPU intel 1.5 Hrtz
Mem 1GB Ram
Graphics is Zotac card with 512megs Gram
kboard & mouse
Network card

NOTE: just discovered that the problem appears to be in the "Allocating Disk Space" stage of the install, doesnt appear to see any disks or partitions of my machine. Just hangs with a circular cursor constantly running, no error massages and leaving it for an hour made zero difference.

**I thought it was a media or ISO problem but this has happened with both CD's I made yesturday from the ISO file I downloaded from the Ubuntu website ie. 32bit version.

Thanks Ivan

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Conclusion to this problem:- I think the answer is going to be to re-download the alternative Ubuntu natty narwhal .ISO file (not wubi) and re-burn another liveCD and retry the full installation. I still want to fully install Natty Narwal as the only OS on this machine i.e. get rid of windows XP SP3 so Im going to need to fully erase the disk & repartition and clean install. I think perserverance is required and not give up after it went pear shaped on the first attempt. Im sure I'll get there in the end.
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2011-05-16
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2011-05-16
peter b (b1pete) said : #1

first off - re your first para post - natty can be installed EITHER as an app under win (it is called wubi, self explanatory, it NEEDS a win installation) OR a full natty release THAT DOES NOT need win, it is a self standing os.

for the latter you'll have to download a natty .iso file and create either a bootable CD or a bootable USB stick for installation to hd. caution pls, this .iso file is a full natty release NOT wubi.

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

the .iso file mentioned above is available in quite a few 'flavors' so to speak - for 32 or 64 processors, for live CD or alternate installs etc, etc. see url above.

for your info - live CD can be used either for just trying natty WITHOUT any change to your pc OR for a full install to hd. the alternate CD on the other hand WILL GO straight in the install procedure and gives you full install control.

one more thing - you can have a full win install and a full natty install totally separate and independent, either one bootable as you desire without the need of wubi.

delance (olivier-delance) said : #2

If you boot from Ubuntu CD and choose "Try", System->Adminitration->Partition Editor Gparted allows you to erase partition table.

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