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Old 10-02-2004, 02:22 PM   #1
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Question Linux on Compaq Deskpro EN

Trying to install Linux RedHat 9 or Mandrake 9.2 on a Compaq DeskPro EN.
The issue is ; the BIOS won't recognize the correct hard drive Cylinders,Heads and Sectors.

The hard drive is a Seagate ST315310A 15GB

Tried updating to the lastest BIOS version but to no avail.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Old 12-19-2005, 04:18 PM   #2
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This may be something you have already thought of. How old is the drive? I have had this a bit with some of the old ebay machines I have fixed up for friends. I have only ever lost a good part of a gig at the most and have always put it down to bad sectors.

I had one 40GB hard drive that I bought new and it's sectors were a little different but I didnt even call the shop and complain cus I just thought it was like having a little blemmish on a big bit of fruit. Although I only lost 200 MB in that deal. Some hdds I have installed on peoples machines have actually been up to a GB bigger than they were supposed to be.

How much space are you losing? Is it like I am suggesting or is it more like a huge chunk is lost?

For a quick test you might boot up with a couple of different live CDs and see what they find.

That's about the extent of what I can suggest.
Old 12-19-2005, 05:28 PM   #3
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I used to have one of these machines a few years ago.

Last edited by BorisMcHack; 12-19-2005 at 05:43 PM.
Old 12-20-2005, 06:42 PM   #4
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Hehe Boris, I still got one! Its my file/web/print server

If it is down to bad sectors, I can recommend a very good program that can nearly always repair/recover them down to the last few bytes of data. The program is called SpinRite and you can find out about it at It can be made into a bootable floppy/cd/flash drive and then you can set it to scan your drive (works on most file systems - linux,fat,ntfs and more) and if it finds bad sectors it recovers them to the last few bytes.

I have used this program on many computers that didnt boot due to hard drive problems and it has fixed them all. So if that could be your problem give SpinRite a try.


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