[plug] ubuntu install on netbook fails to create file system
gavin.chester at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 15:22:14 WST 2012
Hi, I've got hold of an older acer aspire netbook with 160gb harddrive
and winxp. I successfully shrunk the xp partition, preserving the rescue
partition, and installed ubuntu 10.10 netbook release. I had to use a
bootable thumbdrive for this, of course. Everything worked just peachy.
In the process of that first install, I elected to encrypt the /home on
an extended partition. I fear this may be the root of the problem.
Now I'm trying to repeat the process by upgrading with ubuntu 11.10 and
it balks at the stage of writing the file structure, saying that it is
unable to create the ext4fs on the root partition. I have tried
restructuring the partition table differently, and even tried ext3fs,
but always borks at the same point. And, now that the partition table
has been altered (without a filesystem written) grub complains that it
can't find a file system.
btw: the installation media is fine - I've used it for an install on
another netbook the same day.
Any clue whether the original encrypted partition is the cause of the
problem, and if so how to overcome it?
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