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Old 12-01-2005, 04:25 PM   #1
azazel x
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Trouble partitioning slaclware 10.2

Pretty new to Linux. Trying to install slackware 10.2. I read the forum rules before posting and have been using the step by step tutorial below for help with my install.

(Cant post a url until I have 5 posts)

After I login as root and try to fdisk /dev/hda I get the error message:
"you will not be able to write the partition table. Device contains neither a valid dos partition table, nor sun, sgi or osf disklabel.

Warning: invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 4 will be corrected by w(rite)"

If I continue on and try to create a primary partition (then hit p to display) it says I only have 668MB of space when I have a 140 GB hard drive.

Any and all help is appreciated.

Old 12-01-2005, 05:20 PM   #2
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Is this a new drive? Have you used it before with any other system? How old is the computer you are installing this drive in (specifically the motherboard and bios)? Do you have another computer you can test the drive in?
You can probably see where I'm going here....
Old 12-01-2005, 11:25 PM   #3
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The system I am trying to run this on is an AMD 2.4 Ghz. 140GB Western digital hard drive.
I have been running windows on the system fine for about 4 months.

I attempted a dual boot 1st. did 80 Gb for windows and then tried to setup slackware but it said I only had 668 MB of free space.
Next I decided to wipe efverything clean and install just slackware. but I still only show 668 MB.
Please let me know if more info is needed!

(No, I dont have an additional PC to test the drive in).
Old 12-02-2005, 01:07 AM   #4
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I guess it will not solve your problem, but use cfdisk instead of fdisk.
To be sure: You started your computer somehow and deleted all partitions that are on your harddisk? A good tool to do that is an old MS DOS or Windows boot disk if you have one.
You could post the output of fdisk -l (little "L") which will show your partitioning information.


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