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Trouble installing lubuntu alongside Windows XP

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  • Computers
  • Hard Drives
  • Windows XP
  • Windows
  • Partition
  • Lubuntu
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June 30, 2013 2:19:53 PM

My computer has a 1TB HDD that had one big NTFS partition for Windows. I have managed to shrink that partition in half in gparted in the live session of lubuntu that I am running so have of the space is unallocated. I was following a guide to installing lubuntu alongside windows and in one of the steps you pick if you want to install alongside windows, over windows, or do something else for some reason mine skipped that step and goes straight to this. How should I proceed?
I would like to install lubuntu in the unallocated space that I created.

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June 30, 2013 3:24:49 PM

This is what I would do: First, quit the installation. Then open gparted and create the partition(s) for Lubuntu and the partition for Swap from the unallocated space. Then format the partition(s) for Lubuntu as ext4 (or your preferred). Then designate the Swap partition as swap, apply the changes and exit gparted. Then I would reboot the computer and start a new live session. Click the Install button and the partitions should be re-detected and available for installation. Use the "Something Else" option to install.

EDIT: From your screenshot it looks like the installer is still in the process of re-detecting the hard drive... or hung. Did you wait a while to see if anything happened?
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July 1, 2013 11:04:33 AM

Uncoordinated said:
My computer has a 1TB HDD that had one big NTFS partition for Windows. I have managed to shrink that partition in half in gparted in the live session of lubuntu that I am running so have of the space is unallocated. I was following a guide to installing lubuntu alongside windows and in one of the steps you pick if you want to install alongside windows, over windows, or do something else for some reason mine skipped that step and goes straight to this. How should I proceed?
I would like to install lubuntu in the unallocated space that I created.


Go ahead and choose along side windows. It will use the largest unallocated space and give you the option to boot to XP or Ubuntu at restart. Even if for some weird reason it should split the XP partition you can always go back to gparted and reformat the unused space as FAT32 or NTFS to be a partition where you save files. Not a bad idea really so when you upgrade to a new system you leave the partition where you save files alone. Handy.

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July 1, 2013 11:23:20 AM

After reading some comments on another forum about Lubuntu, I wonder if this might be useful... Choosing to install the 3rd party software and updates during the installation of Lubuntu can cause the installer to hang (a couple of people say).
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July 1, 2013 2:07:44 PM

I fixed it! I had to get rid of the RAID metadata and I had to run chkdsk /f in Windows, but it finally works!
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July 2, 2013 2:55:01 AM

spankmon said:
After reading some comments on another forum about Lubuntu, I wonder if this might be useful... Choosing to install the 3rd party software and updates during the installation of Lubuntu can cause the installer to hang (a couple of people say).


Not exactly hang but it may try to download several hundred megabytes of updates and if you don't have a fast connection you might thinks it has hung up.
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July 2, 2013 3:01:00 AM

Uncoordinated said:
I fixed it! I had to get rid of the RAID metadata and I had to run chkdsk /f in Windows, but it finally works!


When you shrank the Windows volume it would have put on a flag to check the partition and you're right, Ubuntu can't install until that flag (or any other that keeps Windows from starting normally) is removed. Usually just restarting Windows should have removed the flag. This isn't an issue if you let the installer create the partitions for you.
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