Can't install Linux


Old 07-09-2021, 06:06 PM   #1

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Can't install Linux

I have a Dell Inspiron, about a year old. When trying to install Linux, I get a message that there's not enough room on my computer to install. I have a ton of memory on my hard drive, I shrunk the memory in the main partition & disabled secure boot. Help!!! Thanks,

Sophia Sandrelli

 
Old 07-09-2021, 06:44 PM   #2

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When you say "memory", I assume you meant hard drive space? Most modern Linux distros seem to want at least a 20GB partition for install. Though, I think a person should shoot for at least 35-50 to stay safe.

How did you shrink the main partition? Did you actually change the partition size itself, or just remove a bunch of files to clear up space? Any more info you can provide, like a screenshot from your partition manager?

 

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Old 07-09-2021, 07:18 PM   #3

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I'd stop right there. My thinking is that you are trying to install linux to a wrong location or you didn't really free up space.

Can you look at using a free virtual machine program before you get too far along here?

 

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Old 07-09-2021, 07:56 PM   #4

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I'm guessing you have some version of Windows on this box.

You might try opening Windows disk management tool and taking a look.

 

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Old 07-09-2021, 10:09 PM   #5

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Hello & welcome to LQ! Take it slow, and discover concepts as you proceed. I'm guessing you were able to boot some 'distro'; commands like fdisk will give you status info. IF you can get 'live' distro to access LQ (firefox), you can easily post any&all diagnostic info!

Or just cli (no gui but network):

Code:

sudo lsblk -o NAME,FSTYPE,SIZE,FSUSED | nc termbin.com 9999
Try some web-searches to see what to look for. (You could post the search keywords you used, for feedback here) More details are always useful: model, distro, specifics on what you did, ... (and even your goals: would VirtualBox.org & OSboxes.org be useful?)

Tons of LQ'ers will be happy to help (so let them enjoy helping you)!

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With windows disk management shrink the windows volume to create empty space, Do not create a new empty volume.

 

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Here is a tutorial on how to install for dual boot. Follow it and the only difference will be which distro you are installing.
 

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