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Old 10-25-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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Slackware 12.0 setup cannot find linux partitions to install too after fdisk setup .

Hey friends -

I've read through dozens of possible fixes and don't start a thread casually, but I'm at a loss . . .

I've setup Slack since 3.8, always dual boot with etch, (that is Winddoze) with not trouble. However, trying to get better performance, I put Windoze on a RAID 0 which is comprized of two Seagate 7000.11 series 500 Gb hard drives devided into 5 partitions, 2 primary, 3 on an extended. No problem there. Windoze took the privided Nvidea RAID drivers no problem at the start of the install.

BTW, MoBo A8N-SLi Deluxe, AMD FX60, 4Gb RAM, TurtleBeach sound, NVidea 8600 GT x2 SLI.

So Windoze owns the RAID 0, and I put in another Seagate 7000.9 160Gb hard drive to install Slackware 12.0 on. Everything seems cool on setup until the huge* kernel runs through hard drive recognition and then there is a very strange message about drive /dev/sd* end of file exceeds end of disk, or sum such disaster.

So thinking the problem might correct itself, I run fdisk, setup the swap, a root, and a home partition successfully according to the exit output, but when I try and start the Slackware 12.0 setup, usually a snap, I get a comment that no partitions of type linux are found . . . oh no.

I've tried lots of work around's, but no joy.

I will hand write the message I get when the huge kernel drops off hardware recognition into the select key board to be more specific about the strange /dev/sd* message which appears just before. But unless someone can tell me how to cat the screen to a floppy from the huge kernel output its too much to copy by hand.

So I'll come back in a few minutes to put up a details error description.

Best regards

If this is too hard to solve I'll ditch this dual boot thing, cause I'm upgrading soon and I can use one of my computes as a stand alone Slack box. I'm tired of dual booting between etch and Slack.

Last edited by TDurden1937; 10-25-2008 at 07:24 PM.
Old 10-25-2008, 08:18 PM   #2
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Well kick me in the head . . .

Well after to many hours to count, and trying too many work around's, doing an install worked.

Like so many times, what happened is a mystery. I did suspect that something on the lone SATA I intended to install Slack to was corrupt, and the problem didn't even involve the RAID 0 hard drives.

So after wiping once, wiping twice, wiping the SATA ten times, and running the Seagate DOS test utility, perhaps any bad sectors were re-written to some good sectors. I don't know and don't care. All I know is that Slackware 12.0 is now installed.

Thanks for the help, ya'll. lol.


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