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Old 08-28-2006, 02:58 PM   #1
mpelts
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invalid partition table - fresh install


Dell D600 laptop - 60G HDD - Suse 10.1

I installed Suse 10.1 (using the Internet install CD). It will not boot after the install, returns "invalid partition table" error. I then used DBAN to wipe the hard drive. Reinstalled and I still get the invalid partition table error.

Could this be an issue with the MBR still having information about the previous OS? I thought that DBAN would blow away the whole drive, allowing me to start from fresh.

Suggestions? Should I just dd the MBR?

Thanks!
 
Old 08-28-2006, 03:06 PM   #2
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Yes, boot into rescue mode and blank the MBR with:

dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/zero bs=512 count=1

Assuming your hard disk is IDE. This will blank the first 512 bytes of your hard disk (the MBR). Also make sure your motherboard BIOS is not virus-protecting the MBR.
 
Old 08-28-2006, 05:22 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ramram29
Yes, boot into rescue mode and blank the MBR with:

dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/zero bs=512 count=1

Assuming your hard disk is IDE. This will blank the first 512 bytes of your hard disk (the MBR). Also make sure your motherboard BIOS is not virus-protecting the MBR.
Actually, this has if and of reversed. This will just read the first 512 bytes and dump it to /dev/zero.

Use this instead:
Code:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1
 
Old 08-29-2006, 07:33 AM   #4
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Oh! Sorry.
 
  


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