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Old 06-04-2004, 04:18 AM   #1
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fedora core 2 disk druid problem

hi all!
I have a problem during fc2 installation.
my comp:
ath k7 1.3gh
512 ddr
mobo asus a7a266
2 maxtor 80gb hd partitioning:

HDA (with mbr) 2 ntfs partitions with winxp pro sp1
HDB 1 ext3 partition 1 linux swap 1 ntfs 1 fat32

here's the problem:
I boot from install cd... no problem with anaconda loading.
just before disk druid I recieve this message:
Unable to aligne partition properly... ignore or cancel

if I choose cancel it tells me I'm gonna lose data... so I quit
if I choose ignore I get 2 different results:

1) disk druid starts but only HDB is visible so I can't install bootloader on MBR so I have to quit.
2) disk druid starts correctly but after an x time (random) if hangs and I need to reboot manually. x time means that it doesn't hang on a specific action such as formatting something or changing a partition.

NB: I already have linux,.... I installed succesfully first a Knoppix 3.4 the MDK 10.0 community. No issues at all on HDDs...

OK, thank you very much for attention I hope you will solve my problem .... as usual :-)
Old 06-05-2004, 10:18 AM   #2
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Just tried to install core 2. I also saw the "unable to align partition correctly" -message, I pressed Ignore, thinking that this is the famous bug that will keep me from booting to XP.

But alas, in Disk Druid, it shows that my hda6, the partition I spent something like five hours turning to my dedicated /home partition, is marked as free space! I tried clicking around, checking that other partitions look okay, but the installer crashed. I also heard one of my HDs spinning down. (hdd)

Everything works nice in MDK10, though. Even the /home partition.

Specs, in case it matters to someone:

ath xp 1800+
Asus A7V333
512 ddr
hda : Samsung Spinpoint 120Gb, as hda1(ntfs, win xp), hda2(ext3, /boot), hda3 (/swap), hda5(ext3, /), hda6(ext3, /home)
hdb: Samsung Spinpoint 120Gb, as hdb1(fat32) hdb5(fat32) hdb6(ext3)
hdd: Western Digital 200Gb, as hdd1 and hdd5 (ext3)
Old 06-06-2004, 07:26 AM   #3
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I solved the problem!
just install in text mode (type linux text at boot time from cd)... when prompted with the unable to align partition properly choose ignore..... disk druid will work fine.
only problem (that is quite big....) I can't manage to mount the unaligned ntfs filesystems...... errrrrrrrr.....
one problem solved, one problem born.... any clues????
I'll get mad.... but I'm repayed by the wonderful gnome2.6 enviroment!



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