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Old 04-25-2008, 09:38 AM   #1
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Unhappy Why does my Suse 10.3 Install fail during partitioning?


I am reviving a 2001 custom PC. Its hard drive was going, so I wanted to try a Linux install.

PCChips M810LR MoBo
Bios: 8/08/2003
AMD Athlon 866MHz
RAM 768MB
SATA / IDE interface card: RocketRaid 1520 (Highpoint-tech.com)
2 x Seagate 250GB Barracuda drives.

The original hope was to install a RAID 1 mirror, but that did not take, so now, I am trying to install a Linux to a single drive.

I setup for default installation, choosing KDE

Acknowledge the partitioning:
Swap: 2.0 GB /dev/sda1
root: 20.0 GB /dev/sda2 (ext3)
Home: 210.8 GB /dev/sda3 (ext3)

And then confirm the various licenses, ...

<Ctrl> + <Alt> + F1 to see progress status

*** Starting YaST2 ***

1st Attempt with RAID mirror: Error -1008 creating partition

Changed BIOS power management from 'APM / ACPI' to 'APM' and deleted the RAID array.

2nd Attempt in Text mode (no mirror): Error code -3008 'short read wh'

3rd Attemp in 800x600 mode:
"Failure occurred during the following action:
Setting disk label of disk /dev/sda to msdos

System error code was -1013"

> OK

TIA,
Kenneth
 
Old 04-25-2008, 09:44 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by kjklimkowski View Post
I am reviving a 2001 custom PC. Its hard drive was going, so I wanted to try a Linux install.
You did put new drive(s) in? If the drives were flaky before, putting Linux on it won't help.

It sounds like the drive can't be formatted. Try putting just one drive in the system, no RAID (you can mirror them later), and see if the install works. If not, try booting into single-user or rescue mode, and format/fdisk the drive from there. Blow away any partitions that are on the drive, and format it as ext2, then re-run the install program.

If you can't get one drive to fdisk/format/newfs, you may have a hardware incompatibility.
 
Old 04-25-2008, 10:13 AM   #3
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Install on New drives

Hmm, short sentence on line 1, I removed the failing IDE drive and installed two (2) SATA drives on a new card. I am restarting installation with only one drive powered and connected.

While at the Preparation / Language, I jumped to the CLI.
does Ctrl+Alt+F2 = STDIN;
Ctrl+Alt+F8=STDOUT?

'fdisk -l'
resulted in
(EE) FBDEV(0): FBIOBLANK: Invalid Argument
<date> <Time> linux kernel end_request: I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0

System Analysis / System Probing
No hard disks were found for the installation, Please check your hardware

Hmm, bad drive, bad cable bad something ???
 
Old 04-25-2008, 11:04 AM   #4
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Bad drive?

Okay, I changed the SATA cable from port 1 to port 2 of the PCI/SATA card.

installation dies at partitioning:

"ERROR
Failure occurred during following action:
Setting disk label of disk /dev/sda to msdos

System error code was: -1013"

/dev/sda (disk, dev 8:0-8:15)
Model: "ST3250310AS"
Revision: "3.AA"
Driver: "pata_hpt3x2n"
Geometry (LOgical): CHS 30401/255/63
Size: 488397168 sectors (233 GB)
Geometry (BIOS EDD): CHS 30401/255/63
Geometry (BIOS Legacy): CHS 1024/255/63

References to any CLI utilities to probe this drive/driver?
 
Old 04-25-2008, 01:27 PM   #5
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and installed two (2) SATA drives on a new card
OK, if you really mean that you have added a SATA card to support new SATA drives, it is likely that your problem lies here.

It (the SATA card) will need a driver. It will need to be correctly detected. Probably one or both of those is going wrong. Is there any info from the card manufacturer whether this card is klinux-compaticle and what the correct drivers are? Does the distro you have chosen include those?

And, by the way,
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Home: 210.8 GB /dev/sda3 (ext3)
210 G is quite a lot and is more than is needed for most normal cases. It won't do any actual harm unless you need the disk space for something else (until you fsck a big volume, then you might regret it). You might have an abnormal case, of course.

I'd still choose a journalling filesystem, but that's up to you. And with this much disk space, give the / partition a little more space, you can afford it!
 
Old 04-26-2008, 06:35 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the suggestions and recommendations. The last post helped me narrow down the culprit. The answer is that either the PCI SATA card or the SATA cables were bad.

The card is/was RocketRaid 1520 by Highpoint-Technology. And they do supply drivers for SuSE 10.1. They recommend downloading and compiling the open source driver for more recent versions. So I have an uninstalled distro and a psuedo-supported card.

However, with two drives, I did have to firmly push the connectors on almost every boot. I had decided against the Mfg supported RAID configuration, so I was targeting a single drive install, but one of the drives would be recognized during POST and sometimes NOT!. So I investigated if it was a bad drive or cable or card. By flipping the SATA cables on the PCI Cards SATA ports, I had the same SATA channel not show up during post, so I deduced the problem was with the PCI card!

Now, I have a new SATA card (Manhattan Mercury off the SiI 3112 chipset) with the SuSE 10.3 distribution installed.

The partitions were recommended by the system, so I need to understand the choices and how to move to a JFS. Thanks salasi!

I might not be finished yet, but I think there will be more trouble and more opportunities :-)

-Kenneth
 
  


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