Ubuntu: Why can't I install Ubuntu to dual-boot on the HP Pavilion DM1 laptop?



Question:

How come I don't get the automatic partition slider when I attempt to install Ubuntu 12.04 alongside Windows 7 on this machine?

http://www.gadgetreview.com/2011/07/hp-pavilion-dm1z-lm829av-11-6-inch-notebook-370-after-coupon-code.html

I have tried installation from a USB as well as CD. I tried installing Ubuntu 11.10 as well. I have futilely tried to manually partition the drive using info posted in the forums - 4 times. Each time, I just ended up spending countless hours reinstalling Windows 7!

Hence, I would greatly appreciate it if someone out there in Ubuntu land can post a wiki on how to access the partition slider when installing Ubuntu 12.04 alongside Windows 7 on THIS machine!

Alternatively, perhaps someone can post a partition scheme that will work on THIS machine? When I installed Ubuntu on my other laptop, the slider came up and partition was easy as pie!

Thanks in advance to whoever can help me solve this!!!


Solution:1

This laptop (see link in initial post) is delivered with 4 partitions on the drive.

One cannot create more than 4 partitions on a drive. Hence, choosing the automatic 'Install Alongside Windows' option, when attempting to install, causes the system to shut down. Manually partitioning the hard drive is also not an option.

Hence, I had to delete one of the partitions on the drive - I choose the 'HP Tools' partition. I did this step in Windows 7. Then, I simply proceeded according to this tutorial, which includes relevant screenshots.

http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/05/17/how-to-dual-boot-ubuntu-12-04-and-windows-7/


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