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Offline sandstormzach

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Trying to install linux on new laptop
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:09:35 pm »
Okay, after months of saving money and debating whether or not to spend it, I got a new computer last week. It's a Toshiba, running Windows 8 (which is honestly better than I had heard), and I want to set up a partition for Linux on it. I got it to let me boot from the CD/DVD drive, and used a Ubuntu Gnome disk mostly as a test.

And the installer is telling me the computer already has 5 partitions.

Partitions 1, 3, 4 and 5 are all ntfs. Partition 4 seems to be my primary partition considering it takes up over 90 percent of the space on this thing. Partion 2 is an efi/fat32 (depending on what part of the installer you look at), and I'm not even sure what that is. Have any of you guys encountered this before? If so, what did you do?

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Re: Trying to install linux on new laptop
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2014, 04:56:55 am »
Boot to the LiveCD, and run:
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sudo fdisk -lthen post the output back here.

I'm going to guess you have a GPT partition table which doesn't suffer the maximum of 4 primary partitions limit .. but at this point that's just a guess.
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Re: Trying to install linux on new laptop
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2014, 09:20:27 am »
Okay, here's the output.

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.


Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
256 heads, 63 sectors/track, 90845 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1  4294967295  2147483647+  ee  GPT
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Re: Trying to install linux on new laptop
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2014, 11:25:08 am »
Yup GPT .. I think you're only option would be to select "Something else" during the partitioneing phase of the installer and manually shrink the partitions and set up the new ones.

I can't say I've ever done this myself, so I understand little about how the installer handles GPT.
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