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Despite the fact that I don t have anything installed on the disk, the installer says there is not enough space in the disk. The "try option" works ok. any thoughts?

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You need to provide more information about Current HDD partitions and which partition you have to install it. –  K.K Patel Oct 25 '12 at 14:07
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Boot into the "Try option" -> open GParted -> add the hard drive information it displays to your question then we will be able to help you. –  CoalaWeb Oct 25 '12 at 14:11
    
"Boot into the "Try option" -> open GParted " where do I find Gparted? sorry for my ignorance –  pedro Oct 25 '12 at 15:03
    
Just open the dash (click on the ubuntu logo) and type Gparted. –  Javier Rivera Oct 25 '12 at 15:29
    
i ve oppened the gparted and it says "no devices detected" –  pedro Oct 25 '12 at 18:32

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Oh... Dang! I get it. Go to your BIOS setup and see if there is some option like ATA-Mode or something. Switch it. Then reboot, retry.

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On the BIOS setup I found AHCI mode - Enable (the other option was Disable). Was this what you meant? I switch it to Disable and I reboot? –  pedro Oct 28 '12 at 21:24
    
Yes, you should try that. You can always set it back without repercussions if it doesn't work out. AHCI, UHCI, OHCI... I remember that from different machines. I am not much into hardware, but if I got it correctly this is kind of the command interface which the operating system is supposed to use to communicate with the disk controller. And the BIOS can provide different types of interfaces. AHCI is one of them UHCI another, etc.. –  Paul Hänsch Oct 28 '12 at 21:29
    
I've been switching it for a while, but with no apparent results. It still doesn't appear other hardware, apart from the audio one from the mp3 player. –  pedro Oct 29 '12 at 14:48
    
So, I opened my notebook, disconnected and reconnected the internal disc, but nothing. In the application Disk Utility it appears SATA Host Adapter - 82801 GBM/GHM (ICH7-M Family) SATA Controler [AHCI Mode]. But this isn't my disc, no? –  pedro Oct 29 '12 at 20:44
    
This is the Controller, not the Disk itself. I am running out of ideas. Switching the AHCI setting sounded sooo promising. –  Paul Hänsch Oct 29 '12 at 20:51

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