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I am semi-new to Linux and today I tried installing Ubuntu 10.04 x64 on my sig rig (which will be a dual boot) and I got the warning:

"Device /dev/sdc has a logical sector size of 2048. Not all parts of GNU Parted support this at the moment, and the working code is HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL."

I got this warning on the keyboard layout step of installation. I have successfully installed Ubuntu before just not on this rig. Can someone help me out?
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As long as you are not installing to or changing the size of what appears to be an entire disk sized partition there should be no problems. IOW you are not trying to install Ubuntu on "/dev/sdc" are you?
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I didn't even get to the partitioner yet. I boot the Live CD then click Install Ubuntu 10.04 then I select my time zone and then get to the keyboard layout part and click next and I get that error. I can click OK on the error but nothing happens after that.
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I didn't even get to the partitioner yet. I boot the Live CD then click Install Ubuntu 10.04 then I select my time zone and then get to the keyboard layout part and click next and I get that error. I can click OK on the error but nothing happens after that.
My recommendation would be to use a Windows based but Linux aware partitioner first and setup your partitions ahead of time. If you don't have something like Paragon or Disk Director or maybe even better, Easus, they are all available on Hirens Boot CD along with many other indispensable tools. Chances are once the installer sees clear linux partitions it'll get the hint.
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I bought a new 320GB hard drive just so I can put Linux on it because I want to learn how to use it. So I don't need to partition anything. What should I do?
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I bought a new 320GB hard drive just so I can put Linux on it because I want to learn how to use it. So I don't need to partition anything. What should I do?
Install Linux to that hard drive. When you get to the formatting part of installation, make sure you select the right drive and format the entire thing.
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I bought a new 320GB hard drive just so I can put Linux on it because I want to learn how to use it. So I don't need to partition anything. What should I do?
All you need to do is to make sure which drive is which. One way to do this is to label your existing partition(s) with a unique name. However size alone may reveal which is which. Additionally your existing drive has a file system on it and the new one doesn't yet. My preference is to at least format the new drive with a linux system like ext3 before installing because that further identifies it as non-windows and therefore safe,

As long as you know the relative sizes of your drives though you should feel confident that as to which is which. If you have any concerns post here. We got you.
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The drive is formatted as NTFS and I know the sizes and can tell the difference between the drives. The problem is I can't even get to the part where I can select what drive to put Ubuntu on because of the error.
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Just popped in the CD again and didn't even get to the setup. Maybe I have a bad CD?
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Just popped in the CD again and didn't even get to the setup. Maybe I have a bad CD?
OK it is a possibility if you didn't checksum (whether md5 or sha1) the iso or verify the burn. However one cool thing about Linux is the way in which it numbers drives and partitions. Unlike Windows which assigns "C" to the first drive it detects regardless of which controller it is on, Linux pays attention to such things. So as long as you don;t change which port the drives are plugged into you can unplug the offending drive until the install completes.

Once installed however it will initially be unaware that Windows exists so you'll have to run "update-grub" to get Windows kernel on the boot menu.

I'd run the checksum first but primarily to avoid an unnecessary re-download if it's good and so you have the peace of mind of knowing.
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