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Old 08-08-2005, 12:41 PM   #1
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installer says partition table has a problem


I have a computer that has two hard drives. hda is the main, bootable Windows drive, and hdb1 is a backup drive for my WINDOWS installation, hdb2 is the swap partition, and hdb3 is the partition that i want to install Mandriva on. I installed it once, but It would boot, but then the screen would just show a bunch of colors and alot of black, so i decide to install again, nut then it says this when I get to the partition section of the install:

"I cant read the partition table of device hdb, it is too corrupted for me Sad. I can try to go on erasing over bad partitions (all data will be lost) The other solution is to not allow DrakeX to modify the partition table. (The error is /proc/partition doesnt agree with drakex 3 !=0:
)"

I dont know what that means or how to fix it. It asks if losing the partitions is ok, and it isn't, and if i say no it just continues on to the next screen. After that I cancelled the install to ask what to do.
Sorry about the long post, and thanx for any help.

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Old 08-08-2005, 12:44 PM   #2
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If your partition table is that corrupted, then the odds are likely something is seriously wrong with your computer. Do you use any special disk management software? Norton Ghost? Anything along those lines?

If you can get to a console from the Mandriva installer, try running 'fdisk -l'.
 
Old 08-08-2005, 01:01 PM   #3
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If you have windows XP you can boot into the recovery console from the CD and use the command fixboot. Can't guarantee though that it will keep the data intact.

Also you can try this: http://www.ptdd.com/fixboot.htm
 
Old 08-08-2005, 01:24 PM   #4
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The data on hdb1 is still readable by Windows, I think the problem is with partition hdb3. But is there any way I can do something without making things worse?
What would happen if i just continued the installer?

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Old 08-08-2005, 01:32 PM   #5
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You could attempt to continue the install, but then I couldn't tell you where it will put files.
 
Old 08-08-2005, 03:54 PM   #6
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But will fixboot fix the drive that Windows isnt installed on? It is installed on hda, and the problem is with hdb.
 
Old 08-08-2005, 04:20 PM   #7
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Don't know if fixboot will do that. I found it using a simple google search. Sorry.
 
Old 08-08-2005, 06:59 PM   #8
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Its a bug in Mandriva 2005LE. It would not install on one of my hard drives becuase I had BSD partitions, but worked on a drive that had Linux only partitions. This bug seems to have been fixed on 2006 beta.
 
Old 08-08-2005, 08:47 PM   #9
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I am not using the limited edition, but I was downloading it to use instead of the 10.1 edition I had, but now I'm not sure that it will work.
 
Old 08-09-2005, 09:32 AM   #10
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Quote:
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I am not using the limited edition, but I was downloading it to use instead of the 10.1 edition I had, but now I'm not sure that it will work.
Just give it a try. I may not have experienced this problem in prior releases because I always installed Mandriva on a seperate hard disk which contained Linux partitions only.
 
Old 08-09-2005, 10:15 AM   #11
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I just decded to delete the partitions and start over, and then the data on b1 remained ok. Thanx for your help.

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