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Booted from CD, loads up fine and can browse around. Went into system tools and install. Selected "use entire disk" option when it got to partioning step. Radio button for SCSI3 (0,0,0)(sda) - 4.1 GB USB 2.0 Flash Disk selected. Hit forward and then it says preparing disk space for a sec, progress bar goes across, then it flashes back to last screen before going to migrate docs/settings. I have not users or OS to import so I hit "forward" again. Fill in my info and then hit next again.
READY TO INSTALL info: "partition tables of the following devices are changed (scsi3 0,0,0 sda), the following partitions are going to be formatted: #1 as ext3, #5 as swap
Starting up the partitioner, installing system, detecting file systems... always hangs here at 15% and detecting FS. After a long wait, quickly changes to 5% progress and "installing system - creating ext3 file system for / in partition #1 of SCSI3 (0,0,0)(sda)" but also get error dialog "Failed to create a file system - The ext3 file system creation in partition #1 of .... failed."
I hit OK and it goes back to step 4 and the automatically tries to do the guided/use entire disk again I think. Then it comes back and "guided resize" is selected. I max out the scroll bar for new partition size to give it 1.4 GB to see what happens. Warning about taking a long time, hit OK.
One thing that's making it hard to got through this is that my cursor is always a watch so it's not obvious when the system is working vs waiting for input. I just noticed that the forward button was active so I hit that again. It's staying on this screen but the button is dimmed now so I *think* the system is working. I don't see any activity on my USB drive's status light though. And it's been sitting here a long time. Hmm.
OK now it is saying "please wait -- checking the ext2 file system in partition 1 of scsi3" etc. ext2? Where did ext2 come from... thought we were doing ext3? Still no activity on my USB drive's light. No movement on the progress bar on screen either.
Now got a dialog "go back and correct erros? - the test of the FS ext2 partition1 scsi3 found uncorrected errors. if you do not go back to partitioning and correct these errors, partition will be used as is." Not sure if I should go back or continue. Hmm. I guess that I will try to continue to see if it gets anything up and running on the stick for me. I have not seen this dialog box on previous attempts.
It goes on to "resizing partition" quickly hits 50% then dialog with "resize operation failure, error while writing changes to the storage devices... resize aborted"
Back to "scanning disks" after hitting OK.
Now I have prepare partitions showing with the following:
/dev/sda1 type=blank format=unchecked size=3824mb used=0
/dev/sda5 type=swap format=unchecked size=230mb used=0
I choose sda1 to edit because it doesn't list type or mount point. I set it to 3300mb, ext3, mount point /
After delay and I click on sda5 it asks me if I want to save these changes to disk. Hit Yes. Now I'm not sure if it's done/doing this or if it's waiting for me to do something. The changes made in the last step are not showing on the main table. I reselect sda1 to check settings were in there. It did have the mount point and size as changed but format was blank. I change it to ext3 again and then the installer crashed with an "assertion error" in the dialog.
I can't close the "installer crashed" dialog... button and X in top right of window do not do anything.
Anyway, that's all for now. Any tips from anyone?