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Old 03-06-2002, 06:24 PM   #1
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installation - partition / swap problem


I'm attempting to install RH 7.2 on a PII system with an ~8GB HD. I boot from a CD and setup linux up to the point of the partition format. I allow RH to automatically set up the partitions, with full reign of my HD, but the installation crashes with the following message:

"Error Enabling Swap Device hdc7: Invalid argument
this most likely means swap partition has not been initialized "

I have made sure that all the partitions are flagged for formatting and this error still occurs. The HD is broken down as follows;

size(MB) type label
hdc1 47 ext3 /boot
hdc2 5271 ext3 /usr
hdc3 1930 ext3 /home
hdc4 957 Extended
hdc5 384 ext3 /
hdc6 259 ext3 /var
hdc7 314 swap

Is this likely to be a hardware problem or an installation configuration problem? Thanks.
Old 03-06-2002, 06:32 PM   #2
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You might want to partition your hardrive with druid tool included in installation if you don't want to mess around with fdisk, and I would suggest putting swap on primary partition, but for me it works on extended one.
Old 03-08-2002, 12:37 PM   #3
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Thanks Neo.

I actually tried the Druid and got the same results. I also tried to partition with fdisk and had a similar problem. I'm trying to set up a server for PHP and postgreSQL development Can any one suggest ideal partition sizes?
Old 03-10-2002, 04:51 PM   #4
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Before entering into the Disk Druid screen I always get the following message:

"dev/hdc7 has a partition type 0x82 (Linux Swap) but does not appear to be formatted as a Linux Swap partition. Would you like to format this partition as swap?"

I've tried both Yes and No responses without any luck. Should I consider using a boot disk instead of the CD, and manually formatting the swap (if this can be done)?


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