I was using Windows 7 and I installed Ubuntu on it without an error then I installed Windows 8 and used installed Ubuntu for some time. When I decided to install Ubuntu (12. 04 version) on my pc again I faced this error "ubi-partman crashed".

"ubi-partman failed with exit code 141. Further information may be found in /var/log/syslog. Do you want to try running this step again before continuing? If you do not, your installation may fail entirely or may be broken. "

After that I tried to install it on my dell inspiron laptop that runs Windows 8 and I have the same problem. But I was really amazed when I installed it on my hp probook 4530s that has Windows 7 and I didn't see that error anymore.

Note that this error didn't appear when I tried to install Ubuntu 12. 10 but I need to install Ubuntu 12. 04 for some reasons. Another thing is that error shows up in installation and before partition choosing list.


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I have a Windows 7 OP on the PC as well, so with that I could erase the Linux partition, then I restarted the ubuntu installation, and it worked. Windows was needed since virtual Ubuntu could not see the hard disks using 'fdisk'. So I recommend to start your PC with a live OP, then erase the linux partition.


I think this is a bug, as similar behaviour is described on launchpad here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity/+bug/945027

From the bug description, looks like, problem is, when Ubuntu is installed on system, where are 2 OS and one of them is Ubuntu. Workaround could be to remove the old Ubuntu partition before you install a new one.

There are free partition managers, which can help you to do it.


Make sure you are using the very latest 12.04 image (currently 12.04.4, released in February 2014). There was a bug in the ubiquity installer that shipped on earlier 12.04 releases, and which was only fixed in July 2013.

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