i'm a new ubuntu user,and i could use some pointers and some help with some problems i have stumbled across,but first my configuration:
Intel core 2 duo 2.41 ghz; 2 gb Ram ddr2 800 mhz; Nvidia 9600 GT 1gb 128 bit; 3 HDD - 160 Gb Western Digital ; 320 Gb Western Digital ; 1 Tb Western Digital; Asus p5kpl-vm motherboard; (it's a rather old computer i know but this is my desktop)
After having win8 installed and setting up a ubuntu 12.04 LTS install i ran into a couple of problems and it resulted in me deleting everything on the harddrives and trying a fresh ubuntu install, and here is where some of my questions appear:
1.how do i setup all the partitions for all the drives, the only pointers i found after alot of searching on the web were for setting up partitions for only 1 HDD,and that didn't work either...i followed these steps ( http://athurion.hubpages.com/hub/Installing-Ubuntu-1204-LTS-with-customize-partition ) and after installing and reboot i get a black screen that says "error : no such partition grub rescue>" and thats it, i tried installing and running boot repair, but nothing changes,i still get that error and ubuntu doesn't boot (following the steps above i have only partitioned 1 HDD, the 160 Gb one, with 4 Gb partition for swap area and the rest of the available memory for ext4 partition, for my ubuntu install, the other hard drives remaining intact, seen as free space).If someone could help me to a guide on how to partition all my drives and install ubuntu corectly i would be forever grateful.
On the first install i have stumbled upon some other problems as follows: 1. my motherboard has a integrated soundcard (the only one i have available) Realtek Ac97, but after install only my front 2 speakers work (i have a 5.1 sound system that is connected in my 3 jack ports, rear speakers plugged in the aux jack port, mid/subwoofer plugged in the microphone port), i followed another guide that said i should change the alsamixer channels from 2 to 6 (for 5.1), but i don't know if this works as my ubuntu crashed beacuse of my next problem. (any info about this would be very appreciated)
2.Ubuntu asked me to update my Nvidia driver... it gave me a list of possible updates, and being the noob that i am i choose the one that had "(Recommended)" at the end of the line, it asked me for a reboot and after the reboot i got to a screen full of loading commands with one faulty line (Starting load fallback graphics devices [fail]).
These 2 problems can wait a little as for the moment i can't run anything on my desktop. I hope i was explicit enough about my problems and if anyone needs any additional info to help me please respond and i will post any info i can gather from the little that i know, and excuse me if i have any grammatical errors, i'm not a native english speaker and i am still developing my skills, thank you in advance and i sure hope i can fix everything cause i really wanna use and learn more about ubuntu.
With Respects, Isty
Edit: i installed ubuntu from a usb flash i made and it doesn't seem to be any problems with it. (just in case this info helps)