snowishberlin wrote:This new lappy has a 750GB harddrive, with 4(!!!) partitions already: a SYSTEM_DRV of 200MB; Windows7_OS (C:) of 653GB with boot, page file, crash dump, and primary partition; Lenovo (D:) 25GB primary partition; and ________[no identity] 19GB OEM partition.
You have one too many primary partition. There can be only 4 partitions in a system. You need to remove one of the primary partitions, move and rezise the remaining 3 to create an unallocated partition. Then you need to create an extended partition using that unallocated partition, and create the necessary partitions for linux as logical partitions under that extended partition.
"gparted" on your live installation disk is a good tool, but be careful !
If you have Windows installation disk then that 19GB might be unnecessary, it might be the recovery partition.
Please run gparted and report the names / labels and sizes of the partitions found.
We then could possibly help further ...