ext2 for HD installation

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ext2 for HD installation

Postby koni » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:00 am

Please help

NOTE: By default this utility creates ext2 partitions. So if
you want to create a swap partition, first create the partition and
then change the partition's ID to "swap".
The maximum size of a swap partition is 127MB.

Run the Linux cfdisk utility (y/n)? [n]



With the above information and "Y" I get this error

FATAL ERROR: Cannot open disk drive Press any key to exit cfdisk



What is this error?

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Re: ext2 for HD installation

Postby Lightning » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:06 pm

FATAL ERROR: Cannot open disk drive Press any key to exit cfdisk
Pretty much just what is says.
However some information on your system will be required to interpret why you are getting this error and how to resolve it.

What is the system?
What is the hard drive?
What type of hard drive controller?

Normally speaking if you will run this command after a fresh boot it will give me all the information that I need.
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report dmesg
Attach the a:\router\report.txt from the floppy here with a reply.
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Re: ext2 for HD installation

Postby koni » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:12 am

Hello Lightning,

Here is what I get with the command.


[root@Freesco] report dmesg
/bin/report: cannot create /boot/report.txt: Read-only file system
Your report.txt is in the '/boot' directory.


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Re: ext2 for HD installation

Postby koni » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:13 pm

hello Lightning,

Here is the report after performing again and again.

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Re: ext2 for HD installation

Postby Lightning » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:21 pm

Unfortunately the most important part of the report.txt was not included. The 'dmesg' information is really needed, so try this command and attach the file again
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dmesg >/boot/report.txt
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Re: ext2 for HD installation

Postby koni » Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:29 pm

Hello Lightning,

Here is another report file.

Thanks

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Re: ext2 for HD installation

Postby Lightning » Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:52 pm

Normally after a reboot the dmesg command will give a lot of system information. However your does not help at all with your problem because it does not show anything about your hard drive, which it should.

So I am going to assume that is the root of the problem with the ext2 package. With that in mind try the following commands directly from the command line 'AFTER' you install the ext2 package.

First exit the ext2 package setup and then try this
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cfdisk /dev/hda
cfdisk /dev/hdb
cfdisk /dev/hdc
cfdisk /dev/hdd

One of the above commands will allow you to fdisk the hard drive as ext2. Which you may need to delete any previous partition first. After one of the above commands works then you can go through the ext2 package setup again and format the partition and finish the install.

rc_ext2 setup
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Re: ext2 for HD installation

Postby koni » Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:58 pm

Hello Lightning,
With these commands I still get the error below. I shall try to put a new HD to see if this solves the error.


cfdisk /dev/hda
cfdisk /dev/hdb
cfdisk /dev/hdc

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                      FATAL ERROR: Cannot open disk drive
                          Press any key to exit cfdisk




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Re: ext2 for HD installation

Postby Lightning » Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:33 pm

You should also double check the BIOS and make certain the hard drive controller is enabled and in LBA mode. Although LBA mode doesn't effect if the drive is seen.
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