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Old 07-13-2003, 11:38 PM   #1
Freija
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Problem Initializing Partitions


120mHz Pentium
3.2gig HD
16MB RAM

Debain GNU/Linux v3.0 "woody"

After creating two partitions (one 32MB swap and the other for the root), I have trouble initializing them. No matter what setup I use for the partition table, I always get an "Invalid Argument" error when attempting to initialize the partitions.
 
Old 07-13-2003, 11:46 PM   #2
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get a better PC your slowing down the internet !!!!!
 
Old 07-13-2003, 11:50 PM   #3
Freija
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Okay this is not the PC I mainly use. I'm merely using the one stated above to experiment with Linux. Thanks for the help, by the way.
 
Old 07-14-2003, 01:55 AM   #4
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How did you create the partitions? Did you put a filesystem on them afterwards? Try:
mke2fs -j /dev/hdxx
Where hdxx is the partition(s) you created. To view them, use:
fdisk -l (FDISK -L lowercase)

@PionexUser:
I was under the impression your PC doesn't even boot from CD? Just a word to the wise though: Try not to respond to the questions with 0 replies unless you've got constructive ideas for them. Quite a few users of the board will search for questions with 0 replies, and if your reply is "Sure is a nice day" then that just took away (probably more than) over half of the views their thread would have had. It's just a curteousy I too had to succumb to ( I used to crack some good jokes around here I also used to give some really bad advice, and it was the first response! ).

Just a suggestion of course

Cool
 
Old 07-14-2003, 11:10 AM   #5
Freija
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Well dbootstrap loads cfdisk as the partition software. However, I am wondering if it will be better if I use fdisk. How do you change to fdisk in the middle of the installation?
 
Old 07-14-2003, 12:09 PM   #6
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It's likely already there:
/sbin/fdisk -l
Check the path, if not, you could install it at any point and go from there. Being Debian, I've only installed it once (once was more than enough for me ) so I am not really qualified to answer that all that great for ya. If you'd like I'll be happy to move your post to the Debian forum where the Debian guru's live?

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