netbook 10.04 partition instructions

Asked by John Hansman on 2010-06-22

Pako answered two questions for me about setting partitions to keep Windows XP while installing Ubuntu. These questions were necessary because Ubuntu's partition instructions do not match the screen choices on Netbook 10.04. Ubuntu should create new instructions that match the new screens.

Pako advised me that it was not necessary to specify a mount point for the Windows partition. I could use the menu [applications/places] and select the place with the size I had specified for Windows. He gave me a link to that showed the windows for applications/places with the selection. However, I cannot find on 10.04 the screens illustrated in psychocats. When I find a set of places, there is no listing of the partition I made for Windows. I have tried using F2 and F12 during boot to choose Windows, but choosing Windows produces a brief Windows screen and then nothing. I guess that 10.04 really wants that mount point for the Windows partition. Too bad that the Ubuntu instructions did not say what that mount point should be.

Pako also advised that I could install "ntfs-config". I will try this next.

As suggested by Pako, I first tried installing "ntfs-config" at the command prompt. The screen asked me for my password, but did not allow me to enter anything. No explanation. So I then followed the alternative from psychocats, which is to download a utility for this purpose. This approach seemed to work and I chose the "autoconfiguration" option. The result is that I now have an item under Ubuntu "Files and Folders"/Volumes labelled "/media/TI105829POB". This label appears to be the mount point for the Windows partition. However, selecting this item does not turn on my Windows XP; it shows the hundreds of files that are part of it. I have been unable to to find any way to open Windows XP. As noted previously, I still cannot turn on Windows from the boot screen.

I now have other problems. Ubuntu takes a very long time to load. I don't know precisely how long because I have never been able to sit at the computer long enough to find out. Also, Ubuntu will not load at all unless I plug in the USB flash drive used to load the trial version. Am I at the point where I should try to uninstall Ubuntu and start all over?

I love the concept of Ubuntu and want to use it. But my frustration with the incomplete/incompetent instructions for 10.04 is very high. I don't have the skills required to be on the bleeding edge of new systems.

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Best Pako (elektrobank01) said :

Yes, the default filesystem in 10.04 is Ext4 and is root.

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John Hansman (jhansman) said :

Thank you! I selected Ext4 from the list.

Now I have done the partitioning to allow both windows and ubuntu, I come to the final direction, which is: "Make sure you have set a mount point for the windows partition". However, nowhere in the instructions does it say what this mount point should be. By contrast, the instruction for setting the work area [ext3] partition specifies that the mount point should be set to "/.". What should I specify for the windows partition mount point?

More thanks for your prompt help.

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Pako (elektrobank01) said :

Yes the mount point for Ext file systems is "/". There is no need of mounting the Windows partition, once the installation is finished and you boot to Ubuntu you can simply mount your windows partition by click on it from the "Places" menu. If you want your Windows partition to be mounted automatically and be always available, you should install "ntfs-config"
Open Terminal, Applications > Accessories > Terminal and paste this command > sudo apt-get install ntfs-config, hit enter and type your password.
Here is the example: