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Old 10-13-2009, 01:10 PM   #1
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Partitioning Issues - Attempting to dual boot Windows 7 and Slackware 13.0

I'm not sure if this should be put under newbie or laptop but I'll post it here because it seems like a basic issue.

My current laptop (purchased off of a local computer store owner, I think it's brand is generic but it is called a SPARTAN for those that need to know) is running windows 7 professional and I am attempting to install Slackware 13.0. Now, I did the whole partitioning thing under windows (computer>manage>etc.) but for some reason whenever I boot the DVD to install it seems like it cannot read my hard drive. I then went directly into setup > target partition and I notice that it is reading my hard drive because my two partitions that windows exists on is there.

Now, what is says when I use cfdisk is that it seems to be reading the DVD and it gives me an error saying that the disk is read-only (which I see why).

Is there a step I'm skipping while preparing the hard drive while under windows or is there just something wrong with my computer completely? I tried to read the readme and attempted to use fdisk but it's really confusing for me considering I have never used terminal type code before (except random DOS commands).

For the record, I am new to linux but not computers. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Side note: I can get it installed in virtualbox but I just can't install it on the main computer.

Edit: If it's worth mentioning, I downloaded the DVD ISO off of the website.

Last edited by xTyrant; 10-13-2009 at 01:25 PM.
Old 10-13-2009, 01:36 PM   #2
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Hello xTyrant and wellcome to LQ,

maybe you're new laptop has a SATA-drive. Then it is necessary to use
fdisk /dev/sda
On virtualbox you'll have to use hda instead.

Old 10-13-2009, 01:40 PM   #3
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Now I feel stupid. Thanks, hopefully I can take it from here. lol
Old 10-13-2009, 01:42 PM   #4
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Try running:
cfdisk /dev/sda
for it to read your hard drive.


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