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Old 08-14-2006, 04:24 PM   #31
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I go to fdisk /dev/hda
it says I can't write/
I hit n make a new partition. it gives me 1-81 I know that isn't right, I hit s to go to configure, then hit ? to auto-config, I go back, I can now partition 1-8, my table now says 1 linux swap,2 linux, and three whole disk,I figured I try that one and I hit Write, it says it's writing, then when I go to setup it does nothing. that is one way, then I tried (after auto-config) hitting n and make 2 partitions, 1 is linux primary, 2 is linux swap, I try writing that it says it's unable.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 04:24 PM   #32
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I want to install slackware 10.2, from the install cd's, I want a dual boot system, when I go to fdisk it says I have no partitions already
You want to dual boot, fdisk says you have no partitions. So you don't have an OS on the hard disk now, but you want to install Windows and Slackware on the same hard disk, correct? The most common dual boot setup is to have Windows already installed on the hard disk with room left over so you can install Linux. You then use a boot manager such as LILO to choose which one you want to boot into when your system starts up.

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if I do not press S to configure them, all I have is 1-81 cylinders, I cannot create new partitions in cfdisk for some reason
Please reply back with results of what cwwilson721 asked "Type 'fdisk -l' Copy the results somewhere, then post the results here."

Pressing 'm' in fdisk to view the help menu commands, there is no 'S' but a 's' and that one says "s create a new empty Sun disklabel". If that's the one you talking about, you don't want that one. Choose 'n' to add a new partition, choose 'w' when your done adding partitions to write them.

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when I let fdisk auto configure them
fdisk does not have an auto configure, you press 'n' for new. If you mean cfdisk, you use the cursor arrow keys and select '[ New ]'. You manually create partitions using fdisk and cfdisk. There is no auto configure that I'm aware of?

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and hit Write
'[ Write ]' is in cfdisk, but you use '[ New ]' to create the partitions first.

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I go to setup, it still says I have no partitions?
Something went wrong in fdisk/cfdisk.

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^^ this is why people use windows^^
Hey, when I first starting learning Linux I was lost also. I must of reinstalled Linux several times before I felt I installed it correctly, but that was before all the popular GUI install friendly Linux distros, ie: SuSE, Mandriva, Linspire, etc.

You might be doing a simple mistake in fdisk/cfdisk, but it's difficult to assist with limited information.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 04:49 PM   #33
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like I said fdisk -l didn't do anything, really, if it says I can only make cylinders 1-81? what should I put in?
I already have windows installed too..?
this is freaky..
 
Old 08-14-2006, 05:47 PM   #34
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like I said fdisk -l didn't do anything, really, if it says I can only make cylinders 1-81? what should I put in?
I already have windows installed too..?
this is freaky..
You have Windows installed too..? Does that mean you have Windows installed or you don't know and your asking a question? <- question.

If you already have Windows installed and you want to install Slackware, then the link I gave you earlier has an example of that type of installation. I hope you realize you can't install Slackware if Windows is occuping the whole hard disk.

http://www.bitbenderforums.com/vb22/...?postid=311808

If you already have Windows installed, then when you did:

# fdisk -l /dev/hda
(Note: l is a lowercase L)

It should of showed your hard disk partition table information for the first IDE disk and if your Windows partition is there, it will list it such as /dev/hda1. Example of this is in the link I provided above.

If you have room on your hard disk for Slackware, you shouldn't have to put anything in to "make cylinders". I have no idea why you are seeing that.

In fdisk:

Press 'n' to make a new partition, it defaults to a Linux type 83 partition (this is what you want).

Press 't' to change the partition system type, you have to do this when creating the SWAP partition to type 82.

Press 'w' to save and write the partition to disk and exit.

As a bare minimum, you can have:

/dev/hda1 - Windows partition
/dev/hda2 - Linux SWAP
/dev/hda3 - Linux (this will be your root partition that you'll install all the Slackware software to during setup.)

Again, an example of the Slackware install process is documented in the web links I previous provided, there's even pictures.

The only "auto-config" in fdisk is if you press 's' at the main menu for "create a new empty Sun disklabel". You don't want to press 's' at all if you are doing this!!!

Good Luck.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 06:08 PM   #35
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I have officially given up.

I asked you multiple times to POST what the results are, not what you say they are.

An example of my fdisk -l:
Code:
bash-3.1$ su
Password:
bash-3.1# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 20.0 GB, 20003880960 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2432 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1               1        1763    14161266   83  Linux
/dev/hda2            1764        2371     4883760   83  Linux
/dev/hda3            2372        2432      489982+  82  Linux swap
bash-3.1#
Since you decided AGAIN to ignore the instructions, stick with Windows. You'll be happier, and we'll be happier. We are a VERY helpful bunch here, but if you refuse, for whatever reason, to not follow our advice (Which you have done many many many many times in this thread), you will find nobody will help you.

The only advice left is: RTFM

Use Google. Search the forum. Whatever. But since you are too hardheaded and thick to not follow instructions, figure it out yourself.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 06:47 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by millikin691@hotmail.
like I said fdisk -l didn't do anything, really, if it says I can only make cylinders 1-81? what should I put in?
I already have windows installed too..?
this is freaky..
Bring that computer to me and I'll fix it for you. There will
be no need to read anything. Just hop a jet and get your little
tail over here, okay?

 
Old 08-14-2006, 06:53 PM   #37
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it's not that I didn't type it in, you didn't read, when I type in fdisk -l it shows NOTHING, nothing comes up, I think I don't have a windows partition, is there any way to solve that?
 
Old 08-14-2006, 06:59 PM   #38
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I think I don't have a windows partition, is there any way to solve that?
Install Windows.

"How to install or upgrade to Windows XP"

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316941

For further support, go here:

http://support.microsoft.com/

Will one of the moderators please close this thread, I have a headache.

Last edited by bsdunix; 08-14-2006 at 07:06 PM.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 07:04 PM   #39
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Thank all for your help I think I might have gotten this finally. Just might need a little more help.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 07:05 PM   #40
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my hard drive type is SCSI? should I partition a different way?
 
Old 08-14-2006, 07:14 PM   #41
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now It can't read my scsi drive?
 
Old 08-14-2006, 07:18 PM   #42
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my hard drive type is SCSI? should I partition a different way?
aaarrrggghhhh

As I mentioned several posts back you can run fdisk with a scsi drive with the following command:

#fdisk /dev/sda

I do this with my unit; my IBM Plll 800 has a scsi drive.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 07:27 PM   #43
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thank you very much, it's just the slackware install tells me to run dev/sdc=/
Thank you though.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 07:36 PM   #44
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okay. it says I can't read fdisk /dev/sda either,
this may sound stalkerish hitest, but I would ever be willing to call you and have you help me set this up. I'm that desperate=/.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 07:45 PM   #45
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Thanks for providing such valuable information.

Chapter 5. Installing Slackware Linux has been written and posted for you to follow. Make it easy on yourself, and print this for reference. There is also "5.2. Partitioning a hard disk" which clearly explains how to partition a SCSI disk. Please use cfdisk rather than fdisk, as the fdisk manual recommends:
Quote:
mingdao@silas:~$ man fdisk
BUGS
There are several *fdisk programs around. Each has its problems and strengths. Try them in the order cfdisk, fdisk, sfdisk. (Indeed, cfdisk is a beautiful program that has strict requirements on the partition tables it accepts, and produces high quality partition tables. Use it if you can. fdisk is a buggy program that does fuzzy things - usually it happens to produce reasonable results. Its single advantage is that it has some support for BSD disk labels and other non-DOS partition tables. Avoid it if you can. sfdisk is for hackers only - the user interface is terrible, but it is more correct than fdisk and more powerful than both fdisk and cfdisk. Moreover, it can be used noninteractively.)
I pray your Slackware Linux experience improves from here, and that you continue to be hard headed, and not give up.

Last edited by Bruce Hill; 08-14-2006 at 07:49 PM. Reason: formatted man page output -- programmers should NOT write technical documents
 
  


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