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Old 05-05-2006, 06:46 AM   #1
Frank Soranno
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Can't install other distos?

Here's the problem, I built this box(details below) and installed win xp as the default OS, It worked floorlessly.
Then installed Fedora 5 and chose automatic partitioning dual booting, Then after a week or so I wanted Fedora to be the only OS on the drive, so I reinstalled Fedora, this time I choose the option to Remove all partitions on this system, Fedora is my only OS, Now I'm wanting to see other linux distros on this machine, but I can't install them, went to install Ubunto live disk and got error message about hardware and couldn't install it, So I choose Cento, Susse and it had error message also. All of these distros are on DVD which were purchased. But my Fedora 5 runs floorlessly rock solid? How do I find out the problem? Thanks. fvs

My linux box is:
AMD Sempron 64 2800, Biostar TForce 6100 1GB Corsair, 16X Liteon DVD burner, 80GB Seagate IDE, Realtec sound card, 17" CTR IBM.
Old 05-05-2006, 07:43 AM   #2
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You said that you deleted all the other partitions on your disk. If this is the case, then you need to resize your Fedora partition before you can add new ones.
Old 05-05-2006, 08:16 AM   #3
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My first idea would be SATA but your description says IDE. Maybe Fedora created an LVM (which it does by default) using the whole disk, so others may have trouble reading the partition table?

It would really help if you told us the exact error though (hardware could be alot of things)
Old 05-05-2006, 10:54 AM   #4
Frank Soranno
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This is the error message for live disk;
Failed to start the X server (Your graphical interface), It is most likely that it is not set up correctly.

I've posted my xorg.conf to see if you can desern any problems?

[root@localhost X11]# cat xorg.conf
# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, a font server independent of the X server is
# used to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:7100"

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"
Load "dri"

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

Section "Monitor"

### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "IBM C170 CRT"
DisplaySize 330 240
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
HorizSync 30.0 - 85.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 160.0
Option "dpms"

Section "Device"

## fehlender cursor,hwcursor off rhb#182517
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nv"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "nVidia Corporation C51 PCI Express Bridge"
Option "HWCursor" "off"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666

[root@localhost X11]#
Old 05-05-2006, 11:00 AM   #5
Frank Soranno
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[root@localhost var]# /sbin/fdisk /dev/hda

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 9729.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/hda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 14 9729 78043770 8e Linux LVM


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