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Old 08-09-2008, 08:38 AM   #1
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Fedora 9, things don't work, mount, init3,...


I have the extra disk space so I thought I'd give Fedora 9 a wing.

Installed it, but didn't allow the boot loader. I never could access the drive via the mount command (from the centos install) so I could see the settings to add to my centos boot loader.

So I reinstalled it and allowed the boot loader to install (after first backing up the config in centos.)

Now I can't access the other partitions on the drive. It's telling me 'invalid partition'.

mount -t ext3 /dev/sda3 /mnt/centos

I'd think that command would work, but doesn't.
I can mount a network drive as I used to.
mount -t cifs //server/share /mnt/share -o user=xxx,pass=xxx

fdisk -l is giving some odd output too. Lists the sda1-5 then lists DM-1 thru 5, but claims that they are not valid partitions.

Next up I tried to install nvidia drivers, of course it won't do so with X running. So I do an init 3 which has always worked in other distros. It does nothing.

Sorry if these seem like silly questions, but I don't get it.
What's up with Fedora 9 that's different on these basic commands?

As always, thanks in advance.

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Old 08-09-2008, 09:12 AM   #2
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Starting with F7 Fedora uses sdX drive designations for all drives (ide and sata) and no longer uses the hdX designation at all. So if you are in a mixed drive environment the drives may not be labeled in the order that you would expect. There is very little rhyme or reason to the order that each individual system assigns the new drives (they are consistent on the same machine). hda may become sda or it may become some other sdX. sda may stay sda or it may become some other sdX.

The second problem you have run into is that a defualt install of Fedora uses LVM. You cannot mount sda as sda if it is a lvm you have to mount the LVM. See man LVM. I personally do not like LVM (more trouble than it is worth a most systems) and will be of no assistance with it.

Fedora 9 also is the first distro(that I am aware of) that uses the new version of Xorg. The older versions of video drivers are not compatible with this new version of Xorg. The easiest way to use the proprietary drivers with Fedora is to use the prepackaged version from Livna repo.
 
Old 08-09-2008, 09:48 AM   #3
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I did NOT use LVM.

There's 3 primary partitions, 1 extended partition and the F9 install is a partition in the extended partition. I'm trying to access one of the primary partitions.

Still confused...

I'm not sure I understand what you are saying about the nvidia drivers either. Is it that the drivers from nvidia will not work?
 
Old 08-09-2008, 01:27 PM   #4
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So you did not do a default install of F9? If it is not the lvm issue I am not sure what is going on.


Only the very newest versions of the Nvidia drivers are compatible with the version of xorg that F9 uses. Getting Nvidia drivers to work with Fedora can be difficult (as Fedora is bleeding edge), That is why I suggested using the livna repo to install them.
 
Old 08-09-2008, 01:50 PM   #5
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No, I didn't do default, that would have wiped out the existing partitions.
I did a custom, added the extended partition and put the new F9 partition in there.

Also edited the boot partition and let F9 take over that
 
Old 08-09-2008, 06:14 PM   #6
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So now I put centos on there again and I can't mount the old one.
It's telling me the drive is already mounted or the directory I'm trying to mount it into is busy.

What does this mean? I've always been able to do this in the past...???
 
Old 08-09-2008, 07:10 PM   #7
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Can you boot with the CentOS CD and reinstall grub?
 
Old 08-10-2008, 10:49 AM   #8
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I reinstalled Centos, got the same results.

Then it occured to me I'd seen some bizzare stuff in the F9 Grub.conf so instead of using /dev/hda3 I used dev/mapper/pdc_fajcdcib3 and now it works.

It seems that Fedora9 has changed something in the partition table so I have to address it via the mapper. It occured on the physical drive I tried to do a fedora upgrade on (failed by the way - no surprise) and on the good drive that had the previous centos install.

No clue what/why/how, but it's what's working.
 
  


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