Setup fails finding 4 partitions

Bug #1059058 reported by Vittorio Stiassi
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ubiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a net-book Asus Eee PC 1001PX from a USB pen-drive, the setup never ends its work. After have chosen the option to maintain Windows7 toghether with Ubuntu, setup reboots the net-book without any modification at the computer. The setup completely fails.

The reason is the net-book is shipped with already 4 primary partitions.
sda1 NTFS partition is for Windows7 (disk C:)
sda2 FAT32 hidden partition is for recovery
sda3 NTFS partition is for user data (disk D:)
sda4 tiny partition (unrecognized by GParted) is for Boot Booster. Boot Booster is an utility of BIOS that uses the hidden partition for boot the computer much faster.

The workaround is dropping one of the four partition and run the Ubuntu's setup again.
But currently Ubuntu setup doesn't supply any help to solve the problem. Even worse, setup "hides" the problem. When it finds there are already 4 primary partitions, it only restarts the computer. If you don't take a look at the partitions table (and many Ubuntu beginners will not), you will not have an idea of what is the matter of the setup failure.
The setup should say “Hey, you already got 4 partitions: you need to drop one of them in order to install Ubuntu on your PC.”

Tags: precise
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Sami Jaktholm (sjakthol) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at I have classified this bug as a bug in ubiquity.

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affects: ubuntu → ubiquity (Ubuntu)
tags: added: precise
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Simon Quigley (tsimonq2) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. We are sorry that we do not always have the capacity to look at all reported bugs in a timely manner. There have been many changes in Ubuntu since that time you reported the bug and your problem may have been fixed with some of the updates. It would help us a lot if you could test it on a currently supported Ubuntu version. If you test it and it is still an issue, kindly upload the updated logs by running only once:
apport-collect 1059058

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Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for ubiquity (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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