The situation ~ I spilled some booze on my laptop a few months ago, since then I have been working a USB mouse and keyboard. On Christmas day (yay!) my laptop died, made a funny noise then went to blue screen. When I try to reboot it says cannot find the required files and cannot find operating system (was Windows 7). I can 'try ubuntu' when booting from USB but when I try to fully install I am greeted with an error saying that it cannot create partitions. I have tried both installing by formatting the entire hard drive (500Gb) and installing ubuntu to take up the entire hard drive, and also by creating my own partitions in the sizes recommended by various folks on this here forum but the furthest I have got is a window asking me my time zone, the error appears then I have to start over or restart my laptop. When 'trying' ubuntu I can access the internet for about 2 hours then an error occurs and I have to restart (a lengthy process) in order to get back online. When in this state I cannot access the laptop HD. I bought the laptop in Korea so some sub menus within the guts of the machine are in hangul but I can navigate most of these. Please help.
Is it possible that your hard disk is fried? When you "Try Ubuntu" can you use
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Your disk is probably FUBAR. Do you have USB3 port on that laptop and an USB3 external disk (or pendrive).
Try installing Ubuntu to the external drive, while removing the internal one.
If you still experience the error, there might be other components that failed.