hello all. i've been using ubuntu for a year or so, and i'm really excited to start running mint. but it's giving me a problem.
the system is a dell laptop, inspiron 2650C (celeron 1.5GHz, 256Mb ram). i know the ram isn't much, but it manages to slowly boot the mint livecd. then i run the installer, and proceed through the steps. when it starts installing, around 15% i get an error "could not create ext3 filesystem" and it aborts. here is the partitioning setup that i attempt:
4Gb existing windows, ntfs
3.5Gb linux mint, ext3
20Gb existing storage space, fat32
has anyone else had trouble with the ext3 partitioning process? i tried using xfs instead, and got a warning that grub wouldn't like that. i tried jfs, and the install process froze up on me. this is especially inconvenient because i erased a previous linux installation to try mint. now the old grub files are gone, and i cant even boot windows (btw does anyone know a good distro/utility for booting that windows partition?). thanks in advance for your help.