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Old 04-10-2003, 05:30 PM   #1
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Problems installing Red Hat 9.0, trouble with partition table


Almost a year ago, I installed RH 7.2 on dual boot with my previous Windows
XP installation. It worked like a dream, but I never had the time to use it
too much, so when RH 9.0 came out, I decided I wanted to try Linux for real,
and aquired the CD's.

I, stupid as I was, used Partition Magic 8 to delete the Linux partitions,
instead of using the upgrade option in the RH 9.0 installation, as I didn't
know it existed. I deleted three partitions, one /boot with GRUB, one Linux
ext3 and one Linux swap.

This of course led to Windows XP not booting, as GRUB was gone, but after
some messing around with undeleting the /boot partition in Partition Magic
8, and using fdisk /mbr etc, I discovered a "bootdisk" with ntldr and
boot.ini file on, that made me able to boot into the correct Windows XP
partition, and edit the boot.ini file on C:\, that fixed the problems and
made me able to automatically start into Windows XP when I booted my PC.

I then went on to install RH 9.0, but when trying to install, the text-mode
stood there for a long time, saying things like (DriveReady SeekComplete
Error) and (DriveStatusError BadCRC).
It then finally said (DMA disabled), before it started the graphical
installation program (Anaconda?). When I got the disk partitioning options,
no matter what I selected, I got the error message:

"The partition table on device HDA was unreadable. To create a new
partition, it must be initialized, causing the loss of ALL DATA on this
drive. Would you like to initialize this drive?"

I selected "no", as I don't want to loose all my Windows XP data, but how
can I resolve this?

I have tried Norton Disk Doctor, that reports an error with the partition
table, but just starts Windows XP's checkdsk /fix, that doesn't do anything, and I have tried Matrox drive diagnostics,
which reports the drive is all good. I however ran some DOS program for
disks, that reported that the BIOS geometry and the disk geometry didn't
match, but I didn't dare to fix it, and I couldn't have, as that was a demo
version anyway.

Is there any way to resolve this with a disk repair tool or anything? I
would love to run RH, but I am not ready to give up my XP installation with
all my files, e-mails etc...

Here is the info about my harddrive, I have resized it now, to one NTFS partition, but there are still errors:

PowerQuest PartitionInfo 8.0 -- Windows NT/2000 Version
Date Generated: 04/10/03 23:26:12
Copyright (c)1994-2002, PowerQuest Corporation
Permission is granted for this utility to be freely copied so long
as it is not modified in any way. All other rights are reserved.

PowerQuest, makers of PartitionMagic(r), Drive Image(tm), and DriveCopy(tm), can be reached at:
Voice: 801-437-8900
Fax: 801-226-8941
Web site:

General System Information:
Total Physical Memory (bytes): 1,073,254,400
Used Physical Memory: (bytes): 389,898,240
Maximum Page File Size: (bytes): 2,581,024,768
Current Page File Size: (bytes): 273,686,528

==================================================================================================== =======
Disk Geometry Information for Disk 1: 9732 Cylinders, 255 Heads, 63 Sectors/Track
System PartSect # Boot BCyl Head Sect FS ECyl Head Sect StartSect NumSects
==================================================================================================== =======
0 3 80 0 1 1 07 1023 254 63 63 156,344,517
Info: End C,H,S values were large drive placeholders.
Actual values are:
0 3 80 0 1 1 07 9731 254 63 63 156344517

==================================================================================================== =======
Partition Information for Disk 1: 76,340.1 Megabytes
Volume PartType Status Size MB PartSect # StartSect TotalSects
==================================================================================================== =======
C: NTFS Pri,Boot 76,340.1 0 3 63 156,344,517

==================================================================================================== =======
Boot Record for drive C: (Drive: 1, Starting sector: 63, Type: NTFS)
==================================================================================================== =======
1. Jump: EB 52 90
2. OEM Name: NTFS
3. Bytes per Sector: 512
4. Sectors per Cluster: 8
5. Reserved Sectors: 0
6. Number of FATs: 0
7. Root Dir Entries: 0
8. Total Sectors: 0
9. Media Descriptor: 0xF8
10. Sectors per FAT: 0
11. Sectors per Track: 63 (0x3F)
12. Number of Heads: 255 (0xFF)
13. Hidden Sectors: 63 (0x3F)
14. Total Sectors (>32MB): 0 (0x0)
15. Unused: 0x80008000
16. Total NTFS Sectors: 156344516
17. MFT Start Cluster: 1542267
18. MFT Mirror Start Clust: 8490348
19. Clusters per FRS: 246
20. Clusters per Index Blk: 1
21. Serial Number: 0xAAB046E2B046B51B
22. Checksum: 0 (0x0)
23. Boot Signature: 0xAA55

Thanks alot for any help in advance!

Espen Samuelsen
Old 04-11-2003, 05:04 AM   #2
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check whether u have enabled plug and play os on ur bios.if yes disabe it


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