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Old 11-11-2003, 06:41 PM   #1
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Unhappy fdisk and cfdisk missing when begin install


Before I start with this I figure I should state that I am very very new to linux. I used to have a red hat distro but barely worked with it. With that out of the way on to the problem. I am attempting to install Slackware 9.0. I boot up okay with the CD and login as root but then it tells me I have to set up partitions before I run setup. I am okay with the I try to run either fdisk or cfdisk and it tells me they arent' there. Why aren't they there and how do I find them.
 
Old 11-12-2003, 02:15 AM   #2
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What command are you actually using to start fdisk or cfdisk? When I first installed Slack, it took me a while to figure out I needed to specify a drive, ie:

cfdisk /dev/hd*

Sorry if this sounds simplistic........(By the way, as one newbie to another, I found cfdisk rather easier to use.)
 
Old 11-12-2003, 06:09 AM   #3
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I used cfdisk /dev/hdc

because that is what it told me the hard drive was it told me cfdisk was not there ie. the Dos equivalent of bad command or filename.
 
Old 11-12-2003, 06:50 AM   #4
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I'd try cfdisk /dev/hda, assuming you have only one hard drive.
 
Old 11-12-2003, 08:18 AM   #5
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I have to use hdc because hda is the primary CD drive. It doesn't matter which I use because it tells me fdisk is not there.
 
Old 11-12-2003, 08:26 AM   #6
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How are you logging in as Root user?

Have you tried just:

cfdisk

on its own? - it should be sufficient..
 
Old 11-12-2003, 08:30 AM   #7
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look at the output of: dmesg
and you should be able to figure out which hd* is your hdd
 
Old 11-12-2003, 01:03 PM   #8
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I know my hard drive is hdc it is just fdisk doesn't seem to be present. I have tried it on its own and it tells me it isn't there just like when I call fdisk /dev/hdc
 
Old 11-12-2003, 02:17 PM   #9
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Have you tried "fdisk -l" without the quotes? That should tell you what fdisk is seeing as your hard drives.

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Old 11-12-2003, 02:29 PM   #10
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hey pal, a good advice; make your cdrom hdb instead, (make it slave). the cdrom's a bitch as hda, plus if you want a dual boot- (which is nice for n00bs), you need your windows partition to be hda1
 
Old 11-12-2003, 05:36 PM   #11
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Kjetil4455 how do I change how linux labels the drive. I have a hardrive as primary master and to CD Drives one is secondary master and the other as secondary slave.
 
Old 11-12-2003, 05:58 PM   #12
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Also we seem to have a miscommunication. The problem is not that I am not using fdisk correctly it is that it cannot find fdisk. I have fixed it so that the drives are in proper order and I have tried the various commands for fdisk all give me filename not found which tells me it is that fdisk is missing. How can I either do ther before booting with the slackware CD or get it on a floppy and access the floppy when I boot with the CD
 
Old 11-12-2003, 06:27 PM   #13
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Sounds like a bad cd burn/ or download to me. I understand what you're saying. cfdisk or fdisk should be all the command you need anyway (it's all I ever type during install or otherwise). If the command can not be found I would check the md5sum against the ISO you downloaded to see if it's ok. If it isn't, download it again. If it is, try burning the ISO again and make sure to use error checking.
 
  


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