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Old 10-03-2010, 09:47 PM   #1
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Installation question (Arch); Partitioning


I am in the process of installing Arch on my Toshiba Satellite Pro S300-EZ1514. I am up to the disk partitioning section and I chose to do it automatically. I keep coming up with a window that says "Could not find disk. Please enter path of devisefile manually".

Since I am a newbie, I do not know what the path is. I do know that I would like to go with the standard partition that Arch completes automatically, which is
* 32 MB ext2 /boot partition
* 256 MB swap partition
* 7.5 GB root partition
* /home partition with the remaining space

Just to let those individuals know (you know who you are!), I have searched the Installation Guide, this site, and the Arch site, to no avail.

Any help would be appreciated, criticism not so much!
 
Old 10-03-2010, 09:59 PM   #2
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Should be /dev/sda

It really only uses a 256 MB swap by default? I've never done an automatic setup of partitioning, but seems like you might as well go without swap if it's going to be that small...
 
Old 10-03-2010, 10:39 PM   #3
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/dev/sda

Thanks Timothy,

After I typed /dev/sda, pressed enter, I got "no such file or directory. I am wondering if I did something wrong prior to the partitioning section of the install menu.

Any other ideas?

Shaun
 
Old 10-03-2010, 11:29 PM   #4
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Blockdevse error

The error below is what I get after I type /dev/sda

ERROR: get_blockdevise_size needs a blockdevise as $1 (/dev/sda given)

ok, obviously a newbie screwup! I designated the actual disc as /dev/sda1. The menu infomed me that I would be placed into the cfdisk program to partition the hd. After I press enter I get; "Fatal Error cannot open disk drive Press any key to exit cfdisk_.

Now what do I do now? is this a bad iso image? I am using a live dvd.

Help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Last edited by smturner1; 10-03-2010 at 11:42 PM. Reason: progressed past issue
 
Old 10-04-2010, 04:15 PM   #5
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Did you verify the md5sum before burning the DVD (just to ensure that you had a good download before wasting a DVD-R on a corrupted iso file)? Also if you can, try an Ubuntu, Fedora or opensuse LiveCD (they tend to include more stuff in their kernels, hence getting better hardware support), that way you can rule out incompatible hardware.
 
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do a ctl+alt+f2 and log into the terminal as root (password root) and do a fdisk -l


That'll tell you what all hard drives it sees. My latest installation of Arch I actually had to go in and partition my drive with fdisk from console because the previous OS that was on here had done some REALLY funky partitioning (and yes, it was linux!! OpenSuse to be exact) so that cfdisk couldn't read the drive. After manually partitioning with fdisk all was well with cfdisk.
 
Old 10-28-2010, 09:47 PM   #7
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do a ctl+alt+f2 and log into the terminal as root (password root) and do a fdisk -l


That'll tell you what all hard drives it sees. My latest installation of Arch I actually had to go in and partition my drive with fdisk from console because the previous OS that was on here had done some REALLY funky partitioning (and yes, it was linux!! OpenSuse to be exact) so that cfdisk couldn't read the drive. After manually partitioning with fdisk all was well with cfdisk.
Lol. Isn't it lovelly just how stuff made or sponsored by M$ tend to f*ck around with opensource OS's in funny ways.
 
  


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