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Old 01-26-2008, 06:47 PM   #1
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Question Slackware on a hp dv6000 laptop

Am having trouble getting partitions set up. Have slack 12 on disk, also have gparted on disk. Both boot fine BUT gparted hangs at the Gparted window displaying message: no devices detected. Slack boots and lets me into cfdisk and fdisk but in both says that no changes can be made to the disk. Disk is 160 gigs. System is HP Pavillion dv6000 laptop with Vista home premium installed. I can't wipe vista yet, still need some of the software. Processor is duo core at 1.6 gig. 2 gigs of ram. Any ideas?
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Did you resize your HDD?

I would suggest that you use the Disktools available to you within Vista to resize the HDD. First defrag the Vista NTFS drive.

You can get to the disk management by;

Start > Right Click Computer > Manage > Disk Management
Be very careful when you use the tools. You can now select your disk and resize to allow space for a new install of your distribution. You will need space for your swap and the Linux.
With 2GB ram you probably won't swap but I would make a swap space. I would make sure to allocate enough space for the install and growth.

You should now be able to boot the Slackware cd1 and perform the install.

Did you read the Slackware 12.0 CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT, UPGRADE.TXT and RELEASE_NOTES?

These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links' .
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Resize it with vista;
Then you can use fdisk to create the partitions for slackware
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Thanks for the help. Everything worked fine. Now for the fun stuff.
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Make sure to check out the Slackware forum for any Slack-specific questions! There are a lot of good guides and threads therein.


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