[svlug] laptop linux install query

Gordon Vrololjak gvrdolja at nature.Berkeley.EDU
Fri Jul 13 11:26:01 PDT 2001


I tried...
mount -o remount, rw /mnt/0
then
fdisk /dev/hda

I deleted all the linux partitions, and then when I tried to write the
partition table, I got a wierd IOCTL error which I forgot to write down
:(.  It did seem to write the new partition table, but I have a wierd
partition for partition #3... Here is what fdisk gives when I print the
partition information for /dev/hda:

disk /dev/hda: 240 heads, 63 sectors, 776 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 bytes

	Device Boot Start	End	Blocks  ID	System
/dev/hda1		1	14	105839+ a0	IBM ThinkPad Hib.
/dev/hda2	*	15	448	3281040  b	Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda3		449	776	2479680	 5	Extended
Partition 3 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
	phys=(1023, 14, 63) logical=(448, 0, 1)
Partition 3 has different physical/logical endings:
	phys=(1023, 14, 63) locaical=(775, 239, 63)
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary:
	phys=(1023, 14, 63) should be (1023, 239, 63)

I know I only have one partition for windows.  I know about the
hibernation partition, but I am unsure of /dev/hda3... Is this a remnant
from grub or my old linux partition?  Should I delete it?
Thanks for the advice.

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On Thu, 12 Jul 2001, Rick Moen wrote:

> begin Gordon Vrololjak quotation:
>
> > I have the Linuxcares bootable business card.  I was wondering if
> > there was a way I could boot with this, and get rid of grub, keep the
> > windows partition, delete what is in the linux partition so I can
> > install redhat 7.1?
>
> Of course.
>
> Just boot the Linuxcare BBC.  Then, you can remount in read-write mode
> partitions of your choosing onto the running RAMdisk, and then delete or
> otherwise slice'n'dice them as you wish.  (The BBC mounts read-only by
> default, to lessen the likelihood of mishaps.)
>
> --
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> Rick Moen     woman she meets, and then teams up with three complete strangers
> rick at linuxmafia.com       to kill again."  -- Rick Polito's That TV Guy column,
>               describing the movie _The Wizard of Oz_
>
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