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Old 11-08-2003, 12:26 PM   #1
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Created new FAT32 partition and now KDE freezes while loading WM


Hi all,

Sorry to say im posting from Windoze XP but my Linux Mandrake 9.1 doesn't work fully.
After downsizing my NTFS data drive a few gigabytes and creating a new FAT32 drive to be able to share files between both OSs (allthough Mandrake reads NTFS).
The problem happens when I try to load KDE. The startup screen shows and gets up to 'Loading Window Manager' and doesn't get any further.
As I'm pretty much a Linux newbie I don't know where to start fixing this problem.
I can get into the failsafe and IceWM but I want my KDE back.
Please help!
 
Old 11-08-2003, 06:10 PM   #2
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I'm assuming that KDE is freezing when it tries to do its funky drive-icons-on-desktop type stuff.

Assuming this is the case, I'd recommend that your first step be to boot into text mode and edit the /etc/fstab file to comment out the line referring to your new partition.
 
Old 11-09-2003, 05:45 AM   #3
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KDE works now!
Thank you!
Turns out there wasn't an entry in /etc/fstab
so I used Linuxconf to make one and boot it.
Then I noticed I was getting a 'failed' while booting which said I had too little space.
So I deleted the folder I was using to compile wine (took up most of my free space).
I might try compile it again on my new FAT32 drive.
Thanks again!

Hmm, seems that Linux won't mount the drive. To get it to mount using linuxconf I had to set the type to umsdos but it won't display anything in the file manager. How can I change it to FAT32 and what's the type name for FAT32 since I tried FAT & FAT32 and it wouldn't mount.
Thanks anyway.

Last edited by Smile005; 11-09-2003 at 05:56 AM.
 
Old 11-09-2003, 12:12 PM   #4
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Fat16/Fat32 partitions are handled by the "vfat" type. mount -t vfat etc.

As for compiling things on a fat32 filesystem, I'd say that's not a terribly good idea. vfat is okay for stashing files, but can't be counted on for proper operation: all sorts of unanticipated things can happen when the permissions aren't UNIX-style.
 
Old 11-09-2003, 12:23 PM   #5
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I got it working by specifying msdos. And I tried compiling which ended with permission problems.
Thanks again.
 
  


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