[ubuntu] Installation Hangs on HP Laptop

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hello! Sorry my first post had to be a problem. I've searched the forum, but I've not found solution. I am a complete newbie to Linux, this is the first time I've tried to do anything with it. Hardware: I am trying to install Ubuntu 9.10 (64 bit) on a HP Pavilion dv9700 laptop with 4 gigs of ram. For a hard drive it has a single brand new Western Digital 320 GB 2.5in SATA drive. The drive was completely blank when I started. It has an Intel Centrino duel core CPU, but I do not have any technical info it. I also have a Nvidia graphics card built in, but again I do not have the technical info on that. Problem Description: When I run Ubuntu off the disc I have no problems that I can tell. I am able to pass the six pre-installation screens without trouble, on the partitioning screen I opted to wipe and install using the full hard drive. The installation dialog hangs at 5% under the heading "Partitions formatting" and the text below the loading bar reads "Creating ext4 file system for / in partition #1 of SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda)..." The first time I tried to install it hung for about 2 hours before I looked up the problem online. I found that it might be the result of a disc error, so I restarted the system and checked the disc for errors using the built-in tool. No errors came up, so I attempted a second installation. It has currently been hanging for about 45 minutes. Thank you in advance for any help! (Hardware)