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Old 10-27-2010, 03:53 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help! Slackware 10 will not let me create partitions - at all!


OK, trying to install Slackware version 10 on the Athlon XP Shuttle PC and been hit back hard at the very first hurdle.

In short – I can’t create a partition in Linux. At all!

CD boots up OK. Loading in basic kernal.
I try and create a partition using either fdisk or cfdisk.

BOTH apps reports that the partition table cannot be written to! Both apps run in ‘read only mode.’

So I am unable to create any partitions in Linux.

I booted up a Windows 98 floppy and checked the partition table. Two x30GB partitions. I deleted both of them in case Linux did not like a Fat32 DOS/XP partition table. Tried again. Same ‘read only’ messages. Attempt to use 'w' in fdisk reports the partition table cannot be written to. Viewing the partion table returns nothing, no matter how I set it up in DOS/Windows.

Only clue is that – to my surprise, the DVD RW drive is the Primary master and the 60GB HD is the secondary master. I must have slipped up installing the drives years ago and Windows didn’t care. Would Linux?

Other than that, nothing in the BIOS that gives a clue. I turned off ACPI support in case. I also tried the ACPI kernal. No joy there either. But
DOS/Windows quite happy to build partitions.
Cfdisk states that no partition tables exist even after Windows has just created one.

So I am at a loss.
Any clues? This is a Shuttle PC so the tech is a bit propritory but nothing that various renderings of Windows have not handled.

Many thanks.

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Old 10-27-2010, 04:05 PM   #2
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Which "device" are you trying to partition? /dev/sda? /dev/hda?

It may be if your DVD is "primary" that you need to partition /dev/sdb or /dev/hdb instead.
 
Old 10-27-2010, 04:09 PM   #3
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*slaps head*

Reads manual slightly more carefully and 'secondary master' is hdc and NOT hda (or hda1,2,3..etc.)

cfdisk /dev/hdc and BINGO!



Thanks Mensawalter, your point is well made. I worked it out almost in the time it took for this old P4 box to shut down. I then rushed back to start it up and you had replied.

OK, step 2...
 
Old 10-27-2010, 04:36 PM   #4
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Glad you got it worked out. Please mark the thread as "Resolved" by going to thread tools. That way if someone else has the same issue in future they'll find your resolution.
 
Old 10-27-2010, 08:40 PM   #5
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I'm glad you got it working , but Slackware 10 is way too dated. It's time for an upgrade. Slackware 13.1 is available.

 
Old 10-28-2010, 04:24 AM   #6
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^^^
I know! I swear. Trust me. I don't know what I'm doing in regards to Linux but I do know what I'm doing regarding learning.

10 is fine for now especially on older H/W.

Upgrades later. Don't need latest bells and whistles! Don't want them!

And I'm not having any more memory arguments! :-)
 
Old 10-28-2010, 07:56 AM   #7
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Quote:
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I know! I swear. Trust me. I don't know what I'm doing in regards to Linux but I do know what I'm doing regarding learning.

10 is fine for now especially on older H/W.

Upgrades later. Don't need latest bells and whistles! Don't want them!
Don't worry about Slackware 13 on older hardware. I've got a P4 that runs 13.0, and should be running 13.1, I just haven't had the time to upgrade. There have been a LOT of changes for the better since 10, and a number of them will make your experience easier. Something to consider at any rate.
 
  


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