LinuxQuestions.org
Support LQ: Use code LQ3 and save $3 on Domain Registration
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Password
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 08-16-2003, 05:22 PM   #1
mcd
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Boulder, CO
Distribution: Slackware, RHEL, CentOS
Posts: 825

Rep: Reputation: 33
install is hanging on formatting


hi all,

i'm trying to install slackware 9.0 from CD, but i'm running into a problem during the TARGET step of setup.

i fdisk and create all the partitions ok, and then i run setup and initialize the swap partition just fine. after that it automatically goes into TARGET, and i tell it to create ext3 fs, with the default density, and it hangs on the formatting.

i've restarted a few times and left it run for at least an hour, but it just sits there with the cursor blinking.

does anyone know what could be causing this, or how to solve it?

thanks,
 
Old 08-16-2003, 06:36 PM   #2
quietguy47
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Everett
Distribution: Slackware 13.37
Posts: 785

Rep: Reputation: 31
Try cfdisk.
 
Old 08-16-2003, 11:27 PM   #3
mcd
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Boulder, CO
Distribution: Slackware, RHEL, CentOS
Posts: 825

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 33
I tried cfdisk, but same results. I just used a manufacturer's floppy w/ disk utils to do some extended diagnostics and verify that the hard drive is error free, which should also erase any partitions and data left over. When that's done I'll try installing again. Hopefully it'll work this time...
 
Old 08-18-2003, 11:42 AM   #4
J.W.
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Distribution: Mint
Posts: 6,642

Rep: Reputation: 69
How big is your drive, and how fast is your rig? Maybe your system isn't really hanging but instead the format step is just taking longer than you expect. I ran into the same thing - I've got 2 machines, one being an old Dell with pretty primitive hardware and the other being a sweet box I built myself using modern equipment. I originally had an old 6G drive in the old box, but it was totally insufficient so I dropped in a new 80G drive, which is what I am using in the new box. Suffice it to say that there were some significant differences in how long the format step took. Perhaps you are encountering the same thing. Have you tried just walking away for 20 minutes while it performs the format? -- J.W.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fedora Core 4# (Final) hanging on "Formatting/File System"... TippyToes Fedora - Installation 6 07-04-2005 11:06 PM
Mandrake 10.1 Install Problems - Hanging evad Mandriva 7 04-04-2005 06:59 AM
Does formatting on install do anything? nutthick Slackware - Installation 4 03-02-2005 11:53 AM
Gnome/X hanging after install matrim Linux - Newbie 1 04-07-2003 09:04 AM
RedHat 8.0 Installation hanging while formatting /var file system slangley Linux - Distributions 2 02-07-2003 07:34 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:22 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration