Ok, this isnt a distro spacific problem, it hapens with any distro I try.
The other day I tried to install Ubuntu 5.1 on my maching(system specs are in my signature). I chose LVM for my partitioning, and everything seemed to go fine. About half way through the install, it gave me an error message, and wouldnt go any further. I tried again, and got the same thing. So I repartitioned my drive for DSL, hda1 is my home and hda2 is my swap. For some reason, DSL wont boot into X, so I run fsck /dev/hda1 and get all sorts of erros about bad inodes and bad superblocks. I decided to zero fill my drive to see if this would get rid of the problem. I did the following
dd: if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1m
It told me "bad numer" so i tried
dd: if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1
When I do that, it just sits there doing a whole lot of nothing for about 30 seconds and then tells me "dd: /dev/hda Input/output error"
I went back into the disk partitioning tool "cfdisk" and it now tells me that I have no partition table...I create a new one and instead of having hda1, I now have hda1p1.
What is going on with my drive? Is it fried..? Any help would be great, cause right now I am stuck using a live-cd with the default DSL apps...It isnt very pleasent