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Well, /dev/hda was once 3GB, with (+/-)17GB on /dev/hdd. I used DBAN to wipe the machine, now am trying to install Knoppix from the live CD, but when I boot it tells me there is not enough memory to start KDE.
I don't know of anything else connected to the IDE .. I will post the full output of 'fdisk -l' in a while. Also will research Gparted.
I said something incorrect in the last post (now removed). I had forgotten that devices on the ide bus get numbered by position and not just in sequence. Thus it appears you have **something** mounted as primary master (hda), and then your 20GB drive at secondary slave (hdd).
Yes booting from knoppix CD, it gives me a message:
"There are only 75540kB of RAM available, " .. something .. "this not enough to start KDE ".. something .. ". You can try to create a so-called swap file on an existing DOS partition (if available) in the next step."
I hit OK, then a message
"Sorry, no usable partitions for swapfile"
hit OK, it then loads with a console window on a desktop backround .. (can't get qtparted to run from here). I then type 'sudo init 1' to get into runlevel 1. Here is where I do 'fdisk -l'.
Yes I know 90MB isn't much RAM, I was going to add more soon.
Strange thing is I had knoppix installed on the hard drive & it was working good, I just wanted to clean everything from the HD & re-install from scratch. I figured I'd wipe the drive with this 'DBAN' disk I burned -
Yes, I installed knoppix 4.0 on this machine previously with the exact same CD, which is why I am so confounded; also tried the boot&nuke disk a second time, gives me the same problems... argh. Thanks for the responses, I'll keep messing with it & let you know what if anything works!