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Hello, I am trying to install ubuntu to dual bot with windows 7 on my laptop. I formated the drive into 2 partitions and didn't change the other 2 very small partitions that are already there. I'm at the partition table in the install menu and it keeps telling me "No root file system detected" Also for the drop down menu for where to install the boot loader and gives all the partitions including the third that says windows 7 loader, is that where the boot loader should go? thanks for help ahead of time.
    
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When you make the partitions in windows make sure not to format the one you are putting Linux on. Leave it unassigned. Reboot with the Linux disc and everything should be able to be installed on the empty partition. The Linux installer will format the partition for you. What I did was just download virtual box and installed Ubuntu in a VM, installed guest additions and all of the compiz effects work inside of Windows. Very neat.
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Ok, so I'll delete that partition and go make another that is unformated in windows or can I do it from within the linux live cd?
    
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Are you migrating from Win7 to linux?
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No, I am trying to run a dual boot. I love linux but I need windows for a lot of gaming(wine doesn't always cut it for me)
    
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I guess a better question would be of which is your host OS? Win7 or linux
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When doing advanced setup for partitions you need to create 3 partitions.
-First using I believe its call EXT 4 which will be labeled "/" Which is your home directory (dedicate all almost space to this)
Then the next two steps are on my preference so can change these values if needed.
-Secondly, create another Partition called "/root" with EXT4 formatting I will 1gb of space (works for me you may use less or more)
-Third, Create another partition formatting to "Swap" I also use 1GB for this.

this is how I set it up. The values may not be the best but it seems to work for me. I hope I was able to help.
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I installed windows 7 first on my biggest partition. I hope that answers your question.biggrin.gif
    
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Oh ok then, there should be an option to install Ubuntu (in 10.10) along side your Windows partition. If not, you can boot into the live cd and go into gparted, select one of your empty partitions and format it as ext4, then create a small 2GB partition and format that as swap. Then boot back into the live cd and continue to install Ubuntu on to your ext4 partition.
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You shouldn't have done the partitions yourself. You should have just let the Ubuntu install disk do it for you.
    
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