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Old 10-25-2013, 08:48 AM   #16
Didier Spaier
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Distribution: Slackware{,64}-{14.1,current} on a Lenovo Thinkpad T61 6457-4XG
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Originally Posted by rknichols View Post
The df command only shows results for filesystems that are currently mounted.
That's right and it's a good advise for the OP to run blkid, thanks. Meanwhile, commands suggested in post #14 remain.
 
Old 10-26-2013, 12:08 AM   #17
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I'm really grateful for your time, everyone. Never had so much trouble installing slackware. It is my first time installing on an ThinkPad Laptop, if it makes a difference?
Tried the mkfs.ext3 and got input/output errors, so the process failed. Thought maybe i had a bad DVD Install Disk, the HDD is failing, or the DVD-rom? But I used same DVD Install Discs to reinstall Slackware64-13.37 on my PC since I trashed previous Current install.
ThinkPad HDD is 160GB, the install seems to stick at formatting a 90G /home.
Attempted another install, change partitions using fdisk (just what i've always used) to 4 primary sections:
sda1 /boot * linux 512M
sda2 /swap 82 2G
sda3 /home linux 90G
sda4 / linux the rest

Got stuck formatting /home again... this time I tried ext4
Finally I get thru the install upto lilo ... lilo fails to install and I didn't have a usb drive to create a boot stick.
I don't know howto boot up with usb drive or disks. Never had trouble installing before?
Your help is very educational & appreciated. Will update later.
 
Old 10-26-2013, 03:47 AM   #18
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Installed 13.37 from CDs unable to install slackware64 from the DVD Disc. Don't know why leveno has a TM2 Core Duo 9900. Thing is my neighbor wants KDE & I don't use it so don't have it. I don't like DVD Installation Discs. Thank you all again I learned alot. Using install disc to try to boot in system wasn't hard, just didn't work with Slackware64 DVD disc for some reason.

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Old 10-26-2013, 04:02 AM   #19
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Generally speaking Thinkpads are known to work very well under Linux and to be very reliable.

But I suspect your HDD is failing. FYI replacing an HDD on a Thinkpad is very easy, e.g. on my model you have only one screw to remove.

Oh, and slightly out of topic: setting up a separate /home partition is optional. I don't use and don't miss one.

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Old 10-26-2013, 04:24 AM   #20
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This might be completely unrelated, but when I was doing a clean install of RC2 for testing (coincidentally on sda3 ) I was having problems with lilo claiming that the partition table entry was inconsistent. I tried deleting and recreating the partition in both cfdisk and fdisk and it made no difference.

In the end what I ended up doing is: deleting sda3 using cfdisk, writing the table, and then rebooting; recreating sda3 using cfdisk, writing the table and then rebooting; re-installed to sda3 and everything was fine. Without the reboots between the delete and the recreate, the old "inconsistent" partition definition somehow managed to persist. It was very odd and I've never had to go to those lengths before when changing partition layout, but in this case it sorted things out.

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Old 11-02-2013, 08:46 PM   #21
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Thank you folks, this GazL suggestion is a good test. & Didier, its good to know about the ease of swapping out the HDD when it goes.
 
  


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