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Old 11-07-2001, 12:35 PM   #1
amp2000
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Angry Disk io error


I have an 11gig HD on my laptop. I used disk drake on the mandrake 7.2 install & here's what I have in the following order from start to finish:

4 gig fat32 "/mnt/windows_c"
1.5 gig fat32 "/mnt/windows_d"
3 gig ext32 "root partition"
400 mb "Linux swap"
2.5 gig ext32 "/home"

I have no CDROM with my laptop so I'm doing all this off a network CDROM.
I installed Linux andrake on the EXT32 partitions & then used FTP through Linux to get Win98 on the windows D drive ie "mnt/windows_d".
I then use a win98 startup disk & cd to D & run setup & install windows onto my C drive ie "/mnt/windows_c" but when the win98 installation is finished the laptop reboots & I get a disk io error.
Can I use a Linux mandrake 7.2 bootdisk to fix things?????

Any help would be appreciated..
Cheer's

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Old 11-07-2001, 12:45 PM   #2
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well you should always install windows first, as it's too lame to handle being installed second. you should also get a newer version of mandrake, 8.1 just came out.

if you do end up reinstalling the system, i'd make the swap much much smaller, should ever get near 200mb
 
Old 11-07-2001, 01:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply

I just re-installed Mandrake 7.2 & can now get into Linux but still a disk io error when choosing windows in Lilo.

I have Mandrake 8.0 on 2 CD's but couldnt get X working on my laptop (I tried for 2 week's) so I have to go with 7.2.
Any ideas for getting win98 working ?
I know I shouldnt be asking about win98 but is there something I can change in Lilo or any ideas to put me in the right direction????

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I installed Linux Mandrake on the EXT32 partitions & then used FTP through Linux to get Win98 on the windows D drive ie "mnt/windows_d".
I then use a win98 startup disk & cd to D & run setup & install windows onto my C drive ie "/mnt/windows_c"

#######IS THE ABOVE EVEN TEH RIGHT WAY TO DO IT######
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P.S. I cant wait to get Mandrake 8.1

amp2000
 
Old 11-07-2001, 01:52 PM   #4
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longshot

Is the fat32 partition where the windows installation lives the first partition on the harddrive? I've never gotten it to successfully load without that being the case.

Oh, and your trick with putting the entire windows cd-rom on the second partition is a trick I've used a number of times with success. Yeah, that works well and often.

The I/O error problem is solveable as I know there's a way to get windows to over-write the MBR entirely (then you just sneak LILO ontop of it), but I can't remember what in the world it was. Easiest might be just to re-install windows, make sure it boots into windows fine, and then use a bootdisk to get to mandrake and re-run lilo. Make sure the lilo.conf file is right though.

I'm covering a lot of ground that acid_kewpie already covered.

Luck,

Finegan
 
Old 11-07-2001, 02:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply

FINEGAN WROTE:Easiest might be just to re-install windows, make sure it boots into windows fine.
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I tried this but I cant boot into anything then cos as soon as I boot up I get the disk io error. I can access the C drive ie win98 on the first partition of the HD through a win98 start up disk.

P.S. I installed Linux on my laptop using a Linux Mandrake 7.2 pcmcia bootdisk ( I have no CDROM with my laptop) off a win2k FTP server I have set up at home.
I have no idea how to do install a fresh OS using a DOS network boot floppy that supports a 'xircom credit card ethernet NIC'
I want to do it through Linux..

Thanks in advance

amp2000
 
Old 11-07-2001, 02:45 PM   #6
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A disk I/O error is usually if i can remember back to my technician days, caused by the partition not set active in fdisk or the partition hasn't been formatted. Something to look into....
 
  


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