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Old 10-25-2004, 04:51 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Installing Slackware, Hard Drive Problem!


I already have Fedora Core 2 and Windows XP installed on my computer and I have some space left over. I tried to start installing slackware by using the bootable CD and I used the default option (just press ENTER). Everything was going fine till the machine froze after displaying:

hda: attached ide-disk


I haven't installed any new hard drives and I do not know what the problem could be. Maybe there is a special command that I must enter at the boot prompt.

Help would be greatly appreciated!
 
Old 10-25-2004, 10:46 PM   #2
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My guess would be that the slackware install program ran out of disk space.
 
Old 10-26-2004, 06:29 AM   #3
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nope can't be (i didn't even get to the installation the kernel wouldnt boot)
 
Old 10-26-2004, 11:07 AM   #4
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Just how far did you get with your install CD?
 
Old 10-26-2004, 02:50 PM   #5
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I pressed enter. Waited a while and then it froze at the line i mentioned earlier
 
Old 10-26-2004, 03:46 PM   #6
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Can you provide more details about your machine, the series of steps you've taken thus far, and describe what is displayed on the screen prior to getting the error? It's just a little unclear based on your current description exactly where things stand. In other words, do you get to the point where the installation actually starts? Are you asked to add the swap space and select the packages you want? Does the installation finish, but the reboot fails? Or is the screen just resting at a # prompt? How have you partitioned the drive(s) onto which you want to install Slack? Are you sure that you've got free disk space that you can give to Slack? The more detail, the better -- J.W.
 
Old 10-27-2004, 09:18 PM   #7
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OK, here goes... At boot this is the last couple lines that i get before it freezes...

hda: ST312002GAS, ATA DISK Drive
hdb: probing with STATUS (0x00) instead of ALTSTATUS(0x50)
hdb: probing with STATUS (0x00) instead of ALTSTATUS(0x50)
hdc: (cd-rom)
hdd: (dvd-rom)
ide0 at 0xfe00-0xfe07, 0xfe12 on irq 9
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: attached ide-disk driver

I have received this annoying error when trying to boot up Morphix too..
 
Old 10-27-2004, 10:55 PM   #8
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If I was faced with something like this, I would get a spare empty hard drive and temporarily plug it in, in place of the hard drive that is already there and see if the install works correctly. If it didn't, then I would suspect the motherboard. If it did, there there is a conflict with the other existing operating systems somehow.
 
Old 10-28-2004, 06:53 AM   #9
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I don't have a spare hard drive COuld there be another way??
 
Old 10-28-2004, 02:39 PM   #10
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Based on diagnostic lines that you have shown me, I see a possible hardware problem. However, nothing is ever for sure in cases like this, until you can isolate the problem. The problem could easily be due to the presence of your other operating systems, in some exotic manner. I suggested the spare hard drive because it would be the easiest way to isolate the problem. The spare hard drive doesn't need to be large, just 10 GB or so. If you don't have one, maybe someone you know does?

Another thing that you can do is run the Prime95 torture test under your Windows XP for 24 hours straight and see if that receives any errors, or if the system locks up.
 
Old 10-28-2004, 02:42 PM   #11
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No, I dont have any spare hard drives lying around...

sorry I dont understand what you mean by the Prime95 torture test...
 
Old 10-28-2004, 02:51 PM   #12
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Boot into Windows XP and turn off your screen saver. Go to http://www.mersenne.org and download the Prime 95 program for Windows XP. It will come in the form of a zip file. Unzip that file to its own directory and you will find an executable called Prime95.exe and some additional text and configuration files. Run Prime95.exe, select "Just Stress Testing" in the opening screen, and then select the Options menu and the Torture Test option under that menu. Once the torture test is started, go to the system monitor to verify that the CPU is running at 100%. Leave the computer running like that for at least 24 hours straight. You can use the computer during that time to do whatever you need to do while Prime95 is running.
 
Old 10-28-2004, 03:22 PM   #13
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Exclamation

UPDATE: I tried to disable my hard drive in the BIOS and now MORPHIX works... Does this mean my hard drive is corrupted? If it is, what can I do???

Last edited by jdmml; 10-28-2004 at 05:18 PM.
 
Old 10-28-2004, 05:40 PM   #14
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Please specify exactly what type of drive you have connected to each IDE port. For each drive, please give: make and model, CDROM, DVDROM or hard drive and what IDE port it is connected to (eg. primary master, primary slave, secondary master and secondary slave). If hard drive, give cylinders, heads, sectors per track, access mode and size (all of this should be available from your CMOS setup). Further, please specify what each hard drive contains and where on the hard drive it is located.

You also want to isolate whether or not you have a motherboard problem. That is why I recommended the use of Prime95. Prime95 makes full use of the CPU, cache memory, main system RAM and all of the rest of the motherboard 100% of the time. If there are any hidden defects, Prime95 will flush them out.

Last edited by xode; 10-28-2004 at 05:44 PM.
 
Old 10-28-2004, 05:49 PM   #15
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how could I figure out all of this information??
 
  


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