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I tried splitting a working win98 harddrive with no success, as afterwards it would not boot correctly... but I saved it by using norton rescue to rewrite partition tables. So I'm planning to format the hd and start fresh making partitions in the beginning.... but
At this time, if I boot with linux floppies or boot cd and start going through installation, when I go to "partition hard disk" (I was just planning on veiwing the partition info last night when I tried this), Linux can't find any hard disks. If I remove the Linux boot floppies(or cd) it boots to windows just fine. Are there any common causes why linux would not be able to recognize a hard disk? I would like to fix this before flushing the hard drive of all the windows stuff it took me hours to put on!
Here are specs of pc in question:
20g IDE hd
Unsure of model ide controller, maybe the IDE controller is unsupported
P3 600E with PC100 bus
Sound Blaster Live128 aud.
Nvida 64 vid.
I have :
Intel PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
Secondary IDE Controller (dual fifo)
and under SCSI controllers:
Promise Technology Inc. Ultra66 IDE Controller
And I have no idea how it's actually connected inside. I haven't opened up this PC before.
I just find it very odd that linux can't even find a hard drive. If anyone could help I would really appreciate it. I'd like to get the ball rolling on the install tonight if possible, and this is really holding me up. Thanks,
I found that if I boot with debian disk 5 it recognizes my hardware, including USB. I think it's call bf2.4 or bf2.6. I guess that kernel has support for my controller. I will try the install tonight and get back to you guys. If it works out well, maybe I'll write up a howto for win98+Linux dual boot.