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Laptop Install Problem


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#1 crossmr

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 04:39 PM

So I have a Toshiba Tecra A3. 40 GB HD which I've currently allocated 17.5 GB for Vista. The "capable" requirements off the website don't list a minimum hard drive space, yet I've allocated this space and formatted it and the install complains:
Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation.

Anyone know whats going on here? Some way I can get it to install. I installed it on my desktop as a triple boot and I only allocated around 20 GB there for it to install.
If there WAS a limit it should have been listed and expressed before I formatted my laptop and downloaded 500 MB worth of updates and spent 2 hours getting the other partition nice and tidy. On top of that the windows vista newsgroup keeps giving me an error anytime I try to post. MS, not sitting in a favoured position with me right now.

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 04:24 PM

I think the recommended size would be 20 Gigs

Just a thought... did you use any 3rd party partitioning / formatting tools

...and is it formatted before setup starts?
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Posted 23 June 2006 - 04:29 PM

I should of popped back. I figured it out after a lot of searching. It seems the partition needed to be set active. As soon as I did that it installed without a problem, though I could notice a serious time difference in the install time on my laptop vs my desktop. I did need to recover grub of course afterwards but it seems okay now.

I have no idea why it needed to be set active. My desktop partition I installed wasn't set active, but it already had XP on it in addition to Linux, while my laptop just had Linux on it. Maybe that is what made the difference.




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