I know this is a duplicate, sorry, I have looked through all the questions and answers, as well as other sources on the web, tried to follow what was suggested, but still I am unable to install Ubuntu on my laptop which currently runs Windows 7. First I thought the problem was that there are 4 Windows partitions already, which, as I learned is the maximum. Here is how my partitions looked when I tried to install first: (sorry I was just warned that I cannot insert images, so I have to describe:
There were 3 partitions on Disk 0: (1) Active Recovery Partition 1.46 GB 100 % Free (2) Primary Partition 10.07 GB 100 % Free (3) Boot, Page File, Primary Partition 446.22 GB 37 % Free
And 1 partition on Disk 1: (4) Hibernation Partition 11.21 Gb 100 % Free
After a lot of hesitation I deleted the 11.21 Gb Hibernation partition, as it was 100% free. The action was successful, it became unallocated space, - but it remained a separate entity on Disk 1. I have tried to delete Disk 1 but neither the Disk Management utility, nor the diskpart program let me do it.
I tried to install Ubuntu again, - still without success.
I went to the "Try Ubuntu" option (from a bootable USB stick as my laptop has no CD/DVD drive), and used the Gparted program to shrink the 446.22 Gb Windows partition, and created another 60 Gb unallocated space beside it.
But when I try to install Ubuntu, the Installation Type dialog does not offer any options, and the window which should show the partitions to allocate space for the installation is empty. There are 3 buttons underneath: +/-/Change... but if I try to click any of those, the screen goes blank, and I have to restart the computer.
The "Device for boot loader installation" entry box shows: /dev/sda and there is nothing else to be selected.
So at this point I have to quit the installation because I don't want to overwrite my Windows installation.
What am I doing wrong? Can I install Ubuntu alongside Windows, and if yes, how? Please help.
Thank you Peter