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Old 09-05-2007, 06:32 PM   #1
olafthelofty
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PCLinux2007: Broken after update


Hi Folks. Please tell me if this is in the wrong place - first post ever!

I have a dual boot XP/ PCLinux2007 and the PCLinux is broken after updating with Synaptic. I'd like to re-install and start again. Can someone tell me how to re-install and how much risk is there to XP?

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Old 09-05-2007, 06:44 PM   #2
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there is no risk to xp provided you don't format the drive that xp is on
 
Old 09-05-2007, 06:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for that Aceofspades - maybe I should mention that XP and PCLOS are both on the same physical disk in multiple partitions.

How do I re-install though? Is it a matter of loading up the live cd and proceeding as if it were a new install?

Thanks
 
Old 09-05-2007, 07:12 PM   #4
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Yes but you need to know which partitions that your PCLinuxOS is on. I'm not sure on a default install what will happen if you don't specify where to install. If you'll put your live cd in and boot and then sign on as root. Open konsole and type (fdisk -l) without the brackets and post back the results and I can possibly help.
 
Old 09-06-2007, 06:14 PM   #5
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Hi Larry

Thanks for the answer. Here's the output from fdisk -l:

[root@localhost root]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 251.0 GB, 251000193024 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30515 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 11609 93249261 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 16709 30515 110904727+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda3 11610 16708 40957717+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 11610 12373 6136798+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 12374 12513 1124518+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 12514 16708 33696306 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order
[root@localhost root]#

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Jeff
 
Old 09-06-2007, 07:32 PM   #6
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I'm doing this from memory so hope I'm accurate. When installing it will ask you if you want PCLOS to set up the partitions or you to select existing partitions. Choose the existing partitions and a selection window will open. It will list the partitions that you have above on your fdisk -l and you need to move the ( / ) to sda5 and( home ) to sda7. I don't think it will show swap on the list but if it does set it to sda6. It should tell you it needs to format partitions before it can install. If you have problems please write back and I'll clear it up.
 
Old 09-07-2007, 03:49 PM   #7
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OK Larry. Thanks, I'll give it a try and whichever way it goes I'll come back and give you an update.
Thnaks for taking the time to answer.
Jeff
 
Old 09-07-2007, 06:08 PM   #8
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Hi Larry
Excellent! It all worked. Hats off to the PCLinux guys too. Everything you said was actually highlighted by default - sda5 and 7 against root and home then on the next step when it asked about formatting, only sda5 was selected. Of course, without your help I wouldn't have known if this was correct so thanks again. Went as smooth as silk.

And ... Just for the record and in case it helps someone else, here's the history behind it:
I had PCLOS 0.93a installed in my shuttle (3GHz pentium, 1Gb ram, 250Gb SATA HDD, IDE DVD) which was fine, then installed PCLOS2007. The boot time with PCLOS2007 was 3 1/2 minutes against 1 min 30s with XP. I also tried booting off the live CD. it seemed to hang at the same point as booting off the HDD and took ages. Looking at the verbose messages, it looked like it hung detecting the drives.
I'd read that PCLOS was supposed to be much faster. Not knowing much about Linux, I thought the most logical thing to do was first to search the net for my machine config and see if there's any correlation to my problem. It did seem that people were having problems with SATA drives but nothing really concrete.

I thought my next logical step was to go into synaptic and download updates in case there was a patch in there somewhere for my problem. I thought this would be a safe step. Not being experienced in Linux I just selected all updates and hit go. I have a fast broadband connection so no problem there. However when it rebooted it hung with the "timer" arrow. I left it for several hours but it was still hung. Turning off and on again produced the same scenario. I was busy for a few weeks so it got left but in the meantime my DVD burner died and I replaced it with a SATA version, so now I have a SATA HDD and a SATA DVD. It was after fitting the SATA DVD I posted on LinuxQuestions and you (Larry) very kindly helped me out.
I re-booted with live CD and the first thing I noticed was the boot time with the live CD - 2 1/2 mins! Faster than from the HDD previously. On re-installation, PCLOS2007 boots in 1min 20s from turn on, through login and to the startup screen with no HDD activity then takes 30s to shut down. Now the only thing that's changed is the DVD from PATA to SATA, so maybe this has an effect.

Anyway so I'm now back to playing with Linux again, tryin to make it do everything my windows apps do and get my head round it properly!

So Larry, thanks so much for your help. Have a great weekend.

Cheers
Jeff
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