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Old 08-23-2003, 08:08 PM   #1
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Problem using fdisk?

I'm trying to install Slackware off of cd onto a 40gb wd hd.

the install cd boots, but then cfdisk will not run. it says "fatal error" cannot access disk.

so, I ran fdisk -l and got the following:

/dev/hdb1 win95 FAt32 LBA

so then I ran fdisk /dev/hdb1
and deleted all partitions on the disk, since I
wanted to install slackware alone.

after that, I created a linux partition and a linux swap partition according to the install instructions on the slackware site.

when i typed w to write to the partition table, i get the following message:
The partition table has been altered
calling ioctl() to re-read table
syncing disks

I tried running setup after this and it said that i did not have a linux partition installed.

the hard drive is the only one in the computer.

any idea what could be causing this error?
Old 08-23-2003, 09:05 PM   #2
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I solved this myself.

On a whim, I moved the jumpers to neutral, as opposed to "cable select"

I have no idea what I read to figure this out, but that allowed me to use cfdisk.

I guess I should have realized something was up when fdisk-f wasnt returning /dev/hda1


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