maybe, i tried /dev/loop0 and loop but neither works, mounted or file...
the exact way im doing it is in the script, i might have posted an error message from just hacking around... ill have to reinvestigate all the possibilities mentioned and post back, the fact that you guys are getting a successful fdisk script is perplexing, and leads me to think there is something i might have messed up on this system. it has cuda installed and the strace comes up with a bunch of cuda things, but obviously cuda isnt being utilised for this, which confused me, perhaps its normal, ive never seen an strace before. ill try on a different system as well and post back. thanks!