abnvolk wrote:The installer don't make a seperate partition for /home, so you must do it yourself using GParted in the LiveCD.
getting a bad feeling about this already.
I read this entire thread and didn't find exactly what you are trying to accomplish. What I mean is that I don't know what you want to end up with on your HD. Is there a Win installation on the laptop and do you need or want it around after you install any flavor of linux?
My favorit approach to install involves a few steps...
1) I boot the live medium and see how the specific distro performs on my hardware... I then figure out if everything (sound, wifi, video, touchpad, etc.) works.
2) If it everytihing works and I want to install the distro in question, I start Gparted and create unallocated space for the installation. I do this by some combination of removing and/or resizing one or more of the existing partitions.
3) Click the install button and choose "something else" to create my own partition scheme. Linux requires at least 2 partitions to install - 1 is / and the other is swap. You can use more partitions if you like... it is popular to create a separate /home partition. My current favorite partition scheme these days is that I take a laptop and wipe the entire HD and create 3 partitions >>> the first is /. I make it a primary partition about 25GB in size and format it ext4. The next partition I create is "swap" and i make the swap partition a primary partition and about 1.25 x the largest RAM I can imagine ever putting in the machine in terms of its initial size. After I am finished creating all the partitions, I go back and resize the swap partition to be 1.25 x the current RAM installed in the machine. The last partition I create is the /home partition. I make it a primary partition, format it as ext4, and in terms of size - I sometimes will use the rest of the disc space... other times I will use most of the rest of the disc but I leave 25 to 50 GB as unallocated space. I do this in case I want to use the unallocated space to do a test installation on the computer in question. If I later decide that I don't need the "test" space, I can resize (enlarge) the /home partition to use the previously unallocated space. (most modern HDs are much larger than I actually need)
I realize that the partitioning process sounds difficult but it really isn't - it's really pretty easy. Gparted can feel a little quirky to new users but you will rapidly become accustomed to it. Remember that whatever changes you make in Gparted, nothing is written to the disk until you click "Apply".
If you are wiping the entire HD, don't worry about partitioning - if you screw it up the first time (not likely), you can always wipe it and start over. If you are trying to retain an existing Win installation, I would defrag and compact C: under Windohs (several times) before resizing the Win C: partition. I would also back up all data on any partition that you plan to resize. After resizing and before
installing Linux, I would boot the Win partition to make sure it is still "healthy" before going on to do the Linux installation.
...hope this was at least a little helpful...
- R -