Cannot see Hard drive - Slackware 7.0 Installation
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I'm attempting to install Slackware 7.0 on my ageing P166 with 32Mb Ram. The Hard drive in this machine is a Western Digital 5.1Gb model. The BIOS is an AMIBIOS 1992 (1.00.DB0.03) - this doesn't support HD's above 2Gb in size. When this machine had Win 95 on it, the HD was controlled by a program called EZ Drive which partitions the drive into 2Gb sections, thus allowing all the drive to be accessed.
I'm booting Slackware from the CD-ROM (I've not made boot and root discs since it will boot from the CD. Maybe this is a mistake?) The PC boots and I see all the information scroll up the screen detailing all the hardware in the machine. The WD hard drive appears as 'hdb' (I have a Connor HD that appears as 'hda'.)
When I login as root and launch 'cfdisk', only hda is recognised as a DOS partition (which it currently is.) I cannot mount 'hdb' or use it in any way. (This HD should also be recognised as a DOS partition.)
I tried removing the Connor HD (hda) and putting in the WD HD as a single HD, changing the jumpers etc. on the back of the HD. On boot up, Slackware shows that the HD is 'hda' but when running 'cfdisk', it appears as though there is no HD on my PC!!
I have tried removing the EZ Drive software with no effect and then restoring it but with still no luck.
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
(By the way, if I bootup with a Win 95 boot disk, I can see the WD HD and read its directory info from DOS.)
Distribution: Slackware 10, Fedora Core 3, Mac OS X
i suggest you use a easier program (such as the mandrake hard drive repartitioning tool). it is easier; cfdisk is a bit poor if you ask me. i would use the more archane fdisk over it since i find it confusing (that;s just me)
I checked the AMIBIOS (American Megatrends) Web site for a BIOS update and there was nothing. I assume it's probably because the BIOS is so old!! I did have Slackware 7.0 working on this PC previously (at that time it was a dual boot system with Win 95 but I then blew away the Slackware partition to use the whole of the PC for Windows.)
I'll do another DOS format of the drive as you've suggested and see what happens.
1. Booted to DOS. Formatted the drive.
2. Ran the EZ Drive software and ensured that the EZ Drive information had been removed from the MBR.
3. Booted Slackware from the CD and ran 'cfdisk' - all partitioned fine!
Thanks for your help, Webtoe!
It would appear that having the EZ Drive controller software on the HD's MBR was causing Slackware not to detect the drive. Removing it solved the problem.
I now have a running Slackware system. Unfortunately, I am having trouble getting KDE to look reasonable and running X at a reasonable resolution! Ho-hum!