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Old 11-18-2002, 08:56 AM   #1
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Angry cannot install anything.......


I cannot seem to install anything...

Both redhat 8.0 and mandrake 9.0 both stall at

checking partition
hda:


Just stalls.....
Also, triying 2 find 1.2M version of debian root.bin....

Anything 2 help me get bill of my box appreciated...
 
Old 11-18-2002, 10:50 PM   #2
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maybe a hardware problem if both OS's fail.....

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Old 11-19-2002, 12:06 AM   #3
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Hardware specs might help us help you ??
 
Old 11-19-2002, 03:20 AM   #4
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MMX 233 vectra legacy....
Quantum fireball

Have a corruptud version of mandrake 8.0
says

partition check:
hda:hda:timeout waiting for dma


then continues....unfortunately disk 2 physically damaged beyond repair...

Think debian might work better, any info??
 
Old 11-19-2002, 09:14 AM   #5
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I'm no hardware guru but given that error, you might just have some bad sectors or something along those lines on your hard drive. I would reformat and try to perform a scandisk on the drive to see what it comes up with. Cause given an error "unfortunately disk 2 physically damaged beyond repair" is not a good sign...
 
Old 11-19-2002, 10:59 AM   #6
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Since you have an older computer, you might have an option in the bios to do a low-level format of the hard drive. It will rewrite all the sectors to disk... just make sure there isnt anything on there you ever want to see again!
 
Old 11-21-2002, 09:07 PM   #7
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sorry, will use "..." next time....
no, it doesn't say disk is damaged... it freezes install, due to large, visible transperant patches on cd!

Have formatted and reformatted, played with bios ect...
I was wondering if there was some install command to help
timeout dma.....?
anyway, if i don't find solution, i try Debian.
 
  


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