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Old 05-14-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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Installing Linux to a wiped hard drive


I recently got a computer donated to me for free from my Computer Science class, as the teacher couldn't figure out what the problem was that was preventing him from booting to the startup screen (all I could figure out was that the slot the memory card was in was bad, so I switched slots and got it working). The hard drive on the computer was wiped with a disk nuker called DBAN. Now I would like to install a Linux OS on the computer, but whatever disc or distro I try gives me similar "unable to read" errors. I would like to know if there's anything software-wise I need to do before attempting to replace any hardware. An example of the error I'm getting is as follows (using a mandriva livecd):

/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 1281: /var/log/dmesy: Read-only file system
SQUASHFS error: sb_bread failed reading block 0xa6e58
SQUASHFS error: unable to read cache block [29b963ea:782]
SQUASHFS error: unable to read directory block [29b963ea:782]

Anyone know what I need to do to get this fixed so that I can install a Linux distro?
 
Old 05-14-2010, 10:54 PM   #2
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Probably not the disk, but likely you still have a memory error (the liveCDs build their filesystems in memory).
 
Old 05-14-2010, 10:58 PM   #3
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In that case would that mean the memory card itself is bad, and that I'd need to replace it?
 
Old 05-14-2010, 11:05 PM   #4
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Hardware is difficult to shoot - just start eliminating things. Try booting after each change:
- make sure the memory is properly inserted
- make sure all cables are good - and plugged in properly
- remove the hard-drive
...

If you can't boot a CD how was DBAN run ?.
 
Old 05-14-2010, 11:43 PM   #5
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Sorry, I think what I meant was that when I boot the livecd, it starts to load then gives me those error messages. I tried unplugging the hard drive but then the disk doesn't even bother loading, it gives a new error message about not detecting a hard disk.
 
Old 05-15-2010, 01:11 AM   #6
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The hard drive isn't the probably, and generally, your BIOS will not be happy if their is no hard drive, and I could be wrong, but I always thought live linux distros needed a hard drive, I could be wrong though.

It looks as though either their is something wrong with the RAM modules, or the motherboard itself. Go on Google and search for Memtest86, it's diagnostic program that you burn onto cd and boot up the system into, just as you would with a Live Linux. Then you can run various tests for your memory, since this is a Linux forum and their are many resources out their to help you figure out Memtest, I won't go into the details, but I'm sure you'll find it's not to difficult to run.

Let us know if that helps in finding the root of your problems.
 
  


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