[SOLVED] Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by tomween1 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:17 pm

edwardr wrote:What if you first try to delete sda5 and sda6 and then try to delete sda2?
No good. When I try to delete sda5 (ext4) a pop-up window say: Unable to delete /dev/sda5. Please unmount any logical partitions having a number higher then 5

sda6, like sda2, doesn't offer a delete option.

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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by edwardr » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:45 pm

How are you running Gparted when you are trying to delete the partitions? Are you running Gparted from a live Mint cd or are you booting the computer into the existing Ubuntu system that is currently installed and running Gparted from Ubuntu?

You need to run Gparted from the live cd, not from the system installed on the computer. If you run it from the live cd and you still get the error that the partition is mounted, then you will need to unmount the partition before continuing. I think if you open up the file manager you should be able to right-click on the partition and there should be an option to unmount the partition. The re-run Gparted.
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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by tomween1 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:55 pm

edwardr wrote:You need to run Gparted from the live cd, not from the system installed on the computer.
I am running it from the cd per your instructions.
edwardr wrote:If you run it from the live cd and you still get the error that the partition is mounted, then you will need to unmount the partition before continuing. I think if you open up the file manager you should be able to right-click on the partition and there should be an option to unmount the partition. The re-run Gparted.
So I wouldn't perform this task in Gparted? What would the file manager be named, File Manager?

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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by edwardr » Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:21 pm

I did some experimenting and you can unmount the partitions from within Gparted. What I think is happening is the live session is using the swap partition, which is located on sda2, so you are locked out from making changes to partitions on sda2. So, from within Gparted, right click on sda6 and you should see an option for "Swapoff", click on Swapoff so that the system will stop using the swap partition and thus enable you to edit it. Then right click on sda5 and click on the option "Unmount". If the partition is already unmounted, then the option will be greyed out and you will be unable to click it since the partition is already unmounted. You should now be able to delete sda5 and sda6, and then hopefully delete sda2.
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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by tomween1 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:02 pm

Well I'm ready for the next step, convert to ext4.... Sorry thought this would be simple. I've never don this in Linux/Gparted. I'm hanging in cd right now. Please, what to do to convert to ext4?

Thank you

Played around and have gotten the following.
unallocated unallocated 1.47 Gib
/dev/sda1 ntfs Windows 7 2031.5 GiB
New partition #1 ext4 29.57 GiB

I go to back out and click on the icon on the desktop and I get the message
Quit Gparted
4 operations are currently pending
Quit Cancel

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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by edwardr » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:59 pm

The way Gparted works, as you give it actions to do (i.e. delete a partition, resize etc) it puts those actions into a queue, but it does not actually do the actions until you press the "Apply" button. On my version, the button actually has the word "Apply" on it, but looking at your screenshot, I think on your system the Apply button looks like a return arrow (arrow pointing down then left) that is found below the menu item "Partition".

It looks like you tried to quit Gparted without applying the changes - hence the message "4 operations are currently pending - Quit Cancel".

Give Gparted another try.

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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by tomween1 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:32 pm

It's all good man... takes the mind off real wolrd issues.



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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by tomween1 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:24 pm

Up date

Gparted now looks like this
sda1 ntfs Windows 201.85GiB
sda2 ext4 29.57Gib


So the issue is on reboot. All I get is
error: no such partition
grub rescue>

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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by edwardr » Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:17 am

Are you getting that error when rebooting with the live cd?

Assuming you can boot from the live cd, do that and go back to Gparted. Remember that you do want a swap partition. Shrink sda2 down to about 27.5 GiB and convert the freed-up space to swap. Then close Gparted and double click on the desktop icon to install Mint. During the install, assign mount point "/" to the ext4 partition and "swap" to the swap partition. After Mint is installed, reboot the computer and hopefully you will see a screen asking you choose if you want to boot into Mint or Windows.

If that doesn't work then you will have to recover your Windows Master Boot Record and update your Linux boot loader (Grub), but hopefully you won't need to go there and the Mint install will fix the boot issue.
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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by tomween1 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:42 am

SUCCESS

Now I am on a hunt to find a Apple like theme, that is animated. I am also in the process of setting Windows as the first boot.


Once again, thank you for your help.

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Re: Trouble changing from Ubuntu 11.10 to Mint 12

Post by edwardr » Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:16 pm

Fantastic! Enjoy using your Mint system.
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