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    I tried to be cool - never had this problem before - I overwrote the win 7 and tried OS 12.1; But the install never creates a bootable HD; the reboot after installing all aspects goes back to the CD installer; this has never and I repeat never happened to me on any other laptop such as Dell. The restore disks from lenovo will take a week to get; does the new elilo boot loader not work with some bios types? This is really scaring me off of using linux fulltime; not sure what to do here, and I do not have an 11.4 install disk handy, just the 12.1 disk. I need some help fast.

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    Default Re: destroyed new lenovo v470 with os 12.1

    Do you have a live CD
    Boot from it and show us

    su -
    fdisk -l
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    I just have the install dvd. I dont have a live cd. How do I get to the 11.4 download? perhaps this lenovo v470 is not compatible with 12.1?

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    Default Re: destroyed new lenovo v470 with os 12.1

    Here is what I suggest
    Run the install again and at this stage choose to use the entire HD

    Follow these images

    1. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/12....suggestion.jpg
    2. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/12....ion_create.jpg
    3. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/12....tom-select.jpg

    At image 3 choose the top option which will use the entire HD
    Then just follow the rest of the steps as you would
    This will let the installer do some stuff for you that may have not been done correctly and it should just work
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    looks like you are using a virtual system? Is this your native hard drive

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    where can I download the prior version, 11.4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Here is what I suggest
    Run the install again and at this stage choose to use the entire HD

    Follow these images

    1. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/12....suggestion.jpg
    2. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/12....ion_create.jpg
    3. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/12....tom-select.jpg

    At image 3 choose the top option which will use the entire HD
    Then just follow the rest of the steps as you would
    This will let the installer do some stuff for you that may have not been done correctly and it should just work
    My drive is a 500 gig Toshiba_mk5065gs
    The default partitioning is 156 meg efi boot as FAT
    linux swap 2 gig
    the rest as / over 400 gig

    is there an issue with toshiba drives and linux??

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    is this an acpi issue?

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    Default Re: destroyed new lenovo v470 with os 12.1

    Nevermind the virtual HD, it's just for a guide

    Your opening post suggested you had already blown away all the partitions

    No it's not ACPI issue

    It's down to some garbage partitioning by the Laptop vendor

    Your windows recovery disks will only restore the same old garbage you are already dealing with.

    It's up to you. I just had a similar issue on a Eeepc. I just wiped the HD completely!
    Didn't want windows
    If you do want windows, you need to install it properly with a full windows DVD in to 1 partition
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    Default Re: destroyed new lenovo v470 with os 12.1

    Some close the barn door after the horse has gone comments, which may be helpful if and only if you try this again, and assuming you re-install Win7 after getting the Win7 disks, I make these humble suggestions ....

    First, does not win7 provide the capability of making one's own re-install / recovery disks without having to order them ? Ergo, before installing another OS (any OS) it makes sence to do that first.

    Second, before installing any OS in a dual boot with windows7, backup the MBR used/setup by Win7. I know, this is obvious, but many users can not be bothered to do so, and this is VERY important.

    I blogged a bit on this (albeit from a different perspective) here:
    Installing Windows7 after openSUSE-11.4 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

    ... now in my case I was backing up the openSUSE MBR, but AFTER I had win7 installed, I IMMEDIATELY backed up its MBR. Why ? Well, sort of common sense (I thought).

    One can back up their MBR on windows7 by booting to a liveCD, and then open a terminal and with root permissions very carefully (very very carefully) type:
    Code:
    dd if=/dev/sda of=my-win7-sda-MBR-backup bs=440 count=1
    and keep the file 'my-win7-sda-MBR-backup' on a USB stick and never lose it. I did say type that command very carefully? No ?

    If for some reason one's breaks their openSUSE such that one can not boot from Grub, one can always boot from a liveCD, insert the USB stick, and then load the file 'my-win7-sda-MBR-backup' onto the MBR by typing very carefully (very very carefully) the DIFFERENT command:
    Code:
    dd if=my-win7-sda-MBR-backup of=/dev/sda bs=440 count=1
    I did say very carefully ? Do NOT get those commands (nor indeed the of and if arguments) reversed. Its very important to be very careful.

    and that will restore the windows7 MBR so that windows7 can boot. Note one might also have to manually change the active partition from where ever GNU/Linux had it located to where windows7 needs it, and visa versa.

    I am assuming above 'sda' is ones hard drive with Windows7 installed.

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