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Philip78
post Apr 3 2005, 05:43 AM
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Hello. I am attempting to build a Linux box from scratch. This is the first time I've built a computer and the first time I've attempted to use a non-Microsoft OS.

I tried to install Libranet (a Debian based distro), I get past the first couple of screens, and am then asked,

"Create new partition table?
The disk /dev/hda (@a@t@r) does not appear to have a valid partition table. Do you wish to creat a new partition table on this device?"


This is all as expected, since it's a completely new box / new hard-drive. I select 'yes', and get the message, "Success - new partition table written to /dev/hda", which is very encouraging, until I move on to the next screen and get,

"Error
No partitionable disk drives have been detected. Please make sure your disk controller(s) have been detected."


I have the option to load SCSI modules, and I've tried loading every one that comes with the distribution (in desperation this is, since it's certainly an IDE drive). Obviously this got me nowhere.

I then wondered whether Libranet would install more happily if I could format and partition the hard-drive ahead of time, so I downloaded a copy of Knoppix, which runs beautifully and almost accepts that I have a hard-drive attached.

When I run QTParted, it recognises /dev/hda as an attached device, which is kind. It recognises one partition, "(Number) 01 (Partition) Partition Table (Status) Empty (Label) table" I can interrogate QTParted for &Device Property, which returns, "(Device Short Name) /dev/hda, (Partition Table) none, (Device Status) Available"

However, when I try to create a new Partition Table, QTParted returns the error message, "Critical Error during ped_disk_new!" and closes.

From the root shell I have tried using CFDISK and FDISK. This is quite interesting, since CFDISK recognises 4331mb free space on the disk (FDISK sees 4334mb). Now, I am actually unsure what size the disk is, since it was salvaged from an older computer, but it's a Maxtor DiamondMax 6800 Ultra ATA (model 90650U2), so it should have a capacity of 6.5Gb. So that's odd.

Worse is that CFDISK and FDISK both claim to write the Partition Table, but as soon as I quit out of them, there's no Partition Table written. Gone.

Next up I downloaded S.M.A.R.T. Linux on the offchance that this had more luck or could tell me a little more. It couldn't, but FDISK offers a few more error messages:

"The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 8399. There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024, and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
Warning invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 4 will be corrected by w(rite)"


Also, on writing, FDISK now returns,

"The partition table has ben altered!
Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
hda: unknown partition table
hda: unknown partition table
Syncing disks."


FDISK then exits and the partition table... stays unwritten.


I've played with every jumper setting I can think of, fiddled with the BIOS, and I'm getting nowhere. At the moment the jumpers are set to Cable Select, although I've had exactly the same results with it set to Master. The BIOS is currently set to LBA (which I believe is correct), although it's been on NORMAL and LARGE as well.

The motherboard is an ASUS P2B-F and I have no reason to believe it's at fault - everything else works perfectly. Furthermore, I've tried a different, new, 40Gb hard-drive and got exactly the same (non)result.

So, any ideas? I'm out. Utterly lost. Help? Any help would be appreciated. If there's any extra information you require, please let me know (but you may have to tell me how to extract it).

Many thanks in advance.
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post Apr 3 2005, 11:54 AM
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Further details, now I've figured out how to dump stuff to a file and transfer it:

Linux version 2.4.27 (root@Koffer) (gcc version 2.95.4 20011002 (Debian prerelease)) #2 SMP Mo Aug 9 00:39:37 CEST 2004
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000000fffd000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000fffd000 - 000000000ffff000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 000000000ffff000 - 0000000010000000 (ACPI NVS)
BIOS-e820: 00000000ffff0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
0MB HIGHMEM available.
255MB LOWMEM available.
On node 0 totalpages: 65533
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 61437 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
ACPI disabled because your bios is from 00 and too old
You can enable it with acpi=force
Kernel command line: ramdisk_size=100000 init=/etc/init lang=us apm=power-off vga=791 initrd=minirt24.gz nomce quiet BOOT_IMAGE=knoppix BOOT_IMAGE=linux24
Local APIC disabled by BIOS -- reenabling.
Found and enabled local APIC!
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 451.028 MHz processor.
Console: colour dummy device 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 897.84 BogoMIPS
Memory: 255280k/262132k available (1406k kernel code, 6464k reserved, 574k data, 144k init, 0k highmem)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 4, 65536 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
CPU: L1 I cache: 16K, L1 D cache: 16K
CPU: L2 cache: 512K
CPU: After generic, caps: 0383fbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Common caps: 0383fbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
Checking for popad bug... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch (rgooch@atnf.csiro.au)
mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
CPU: L1 I cache: 16K, L1 D cache: 16K
CPU: L2 cache: 512K
CPU: After generic, caps: 0383fbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Common caps: 0383fbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU0: Intel Pentium III (Katmai) stepping 03
per-CPU timeslice cutoff: 1461.42 usecs.
SMP motherboard not detected.
enabled ExtINT on CPU#0
ESR value before enabling vector: 00000000
ESR value after enabling vector: 00000000
Using local APIC timer interrupts.
calibrating APIC timer ...
..... CPU clock speed is 451.0126 MHz.
..... host bus clock speed is 100.2248 MHz.
cpu: 0, clocks: 1002248, slice: 501124
CPU0<T0:1002240,T1:501104,D:12,S:501124,C:1002248>
Waiting on wait_init_idle (map = 0x0)
All processors have done init_idle
ACPI: Subsystem revision 20040326
ACPI: Interpreter disabled.
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xf0720, last bus=1
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX/ICH [8086/7110] at 00:04.0
Limiting direct PCI/PCI transfers.
isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
VFS: Disk quotas vdquot_6.5.1
vesafb: framebuffer at 0xd8000000, mapped to 0xd080d000, size 3072k
vesafb: mode is 1024x768x16, linelength=2048, pages=9
vesafb: protected mode interface info at c000:5719
vesafb: scrolling: redraw
vesafb: directcolor: size=0:5:6:5, shift=0:11:5:0
Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 128x48
fb0: VESA VGA frame buffer device
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 100000K size 1024 blocksize
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta4-2.4
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
PIIX4: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:04.1
PIIX4: chipset revision 1
PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
ide0: BM-DMA at 0xb800-0xb807, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:pio
ide1: BM-DMA at 0xb808-0xb80f, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:pio
hda: @a`t`r 9 6 0@2, ATA DISK drive
hdc: CRD-8400B, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: attached ide-disk driver.
hda: 8466192 sectors (4335 MB), CHS=8399/16/63
Partition check:
hda: unknown partition table
ide: late registration of driver.
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
libata version 1.02 loaded.
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
Initializing Cryptographic API
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 2048 buckets, 16Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 16384 bind 16384)
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
Freeing initrd memory: 784k freed
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
hdc: attached ide-scsi driver.
scsi0 : SCSI host adapter emulation for IDE ATAPI devices
Vendor: LG Model: CD-ROM CRD-8400B Rev: 1.03
Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 40x/40x cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
NCR53c406a: no available ports found
aec671x_detect:
scsi: <fdomain> Detection failed (no card)
GDT: Storage RAID Controller Driver. Version: 2.05
GDT: Found 0 PCI Storage RAID Controllers
megaraid: v1.18k (Release Date: Thu Aug 28 10:05:11 EDT 2003)
megaraid: no BIOS enabled.
DC390: 0 adapters found
Failed initialization of WD-7000 SCSI card!
Guestimating sector 8465167 for superblock
driver for Silicon Image™ Medley™ hardware version 0.0.1: No raid array found
Medley RAID: No usable RAID sets found
Promise Fasttrak™ Softwareraid driver 0.03beta: No raid array found
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 00:50:50 Aug 9 2004
usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
PCI: Assigned IRQ 5 for device 00:04.2
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:04.2 to 64
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xb400, IRQ 5
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
usb.c: registered new driver usb-storage
USB Mass Storage support registered.
ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 3
ISO 9660 Extensions: RRIP_1991A
cloop: Initializing cloop v2.01
cloop: loaded (max 8 devices)
cloop: /cdrom/KNOPPIX/KNOPPIX: 30428 blocks, 65536 bytes/block, largest block is 65552 bytes.
ISO 9660 Extensions: RRIP_1991A
Freeing unused kernel memory: 144k freed
Real Time Clock Driver v1.10f
apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x0b (Driver version 1.16)
Linux Kernel Card Services 3.1.22
options: [pci] [cardbus] [pm]
Intel ISA PCIC probe: not found.
Databook TCIC-2 PCMCIA probe: not found.
usbdevfs: remount parameter error
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with MANY_PORTS SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI ISAPNP enabled
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
ttyS01 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 [PCSPP,TRISTATE]
parport0: irq 7 detected
cmpci: version $Revision: 6.16 $ time 00:49:29 Aug 9 2004
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:0c.0
cmpci: found CM8738 adapter at io 0xb000 irq 11
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:0c.0 to 64
cmpci: chip version = 055
Linux agpgart interface v0.99 © Jeff Hartmann
agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp memory: 203M
agpgart: Detected Intel 440BX chipset
agpgart: AGP aperture is 64M @ 0xe4000000



the output of /sbin/lspci

000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
000:00:04.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
000:00:04.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
000:00:04.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
000:00:04.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
000:00:0c.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CM8738 (rev 10)
000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] (rev 01)
000:01:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 5940 (rev 01)
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post Apr 9 2005, 01:02 AM
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hey ;;;

my exact same problem ....

came to look around -see what the flippin' heck is going on...

exactly --- that same - everything - except my drive has 35 cylinders .

http://www.uwsg.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/ker...204.0/0919.html

im on slackware .....
good - i wanted a thread to show a install for a n00b - here it is ,,,,

right now i have ibm dos 5.02 installed on there - works perfect ... except it is useless.
( remember the mem /c thing . with net drivers mem goes to 400 and something - useless.)

my plan - use the advanced features in fdisk to create a _34_ cylinder format instead of 35.




--and this is a concern

NCR53c406a: no available ports found
aec671x_detect:
scsi: <fdomain> Detection failed (no card)
GDT: Storage RAID Controller Driver. Version: 2.05
GDT: Found 0 PCI Storage RAID Controllers
megaraid: v1.18k (Release Date: Thu Aug 28 10:05:11 EDT 2003)
megaraid: no BIOS enabled.
DC390: 0 adapters found
Failed initialization of WD-7000 SCSI card!
Guestimating sector 8465167 for superblock
driver for Silicon Image™ Medley™ hardware version 0.0.1: No raid array found
Medley RAID: No usable RAID sets found
Promise Fasttrak™ Softwareraid driver 0.03beta: No raid array found


--- ok ok - im a bit new to the sata - that is sata drive---- ---
dude - it looks like the odd number of sectors.

trying my 35 - 34 technique.... ill keep some documentation ....
slackware 10.1
6x68 cyrix (ibm) yuch @120 - 12M ram - 240M samsung (crap) hd.

-----------------

just tried - wont go
- change dos partition to ext2 - with linux fdisk
-try to format -
mke2fs /dev/hda

- out of memory -
then - falg 0x0000 with be correct when write .....
----
first - grab some stick of ram - get that in there ..... --
937 cylinders - will try to chang to 936 cylinders.

possible virus....

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used fdisk to "try" to change the cylinders. number between 937 - 10000000 - i chose the really big number - write - reboot
then - cfdisk - new partition - do NOT max.
mke2fs /dev/hda1 - ( no memory error - yeah )
mount -t auto /dev/hda1 /mnt
dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/swapfile bs=1024 count=14000
mkswap /mnt/swapfile
swapon

not im installing just the "a" series from slack - i noticed problems before - it will loop - back to installing "a"
--- oh yeah - did not see any partiton errors or anything yet -


cool - all in - except lilo -- the ultra crappy boot loader will not install - hell ya !
-- boot with grub yo.
no errors - except on boot - says cant mount - and goes into the maintenance mode.
but - it boots - looks fine -

seems slow and noisy - perhaps the cylinders did get changed - and did fix it...

well - i could be back posting with the other box
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errors- yes some errors-
no fstab - that's easy to fix ...
no /dev/initctl or something ...
and another error , a bad link i guess in var.
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boots sort of works - should be fixable.

used fdisk to delete bad partition - reboot
used cfdisk to create new partition - no max
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logged in - but cant post to this forum using lynx. - but totally working.
my errors were a bad cd iso- cd burn image.
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http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:04nxp...s+problem&hl=en

hda: 8466192 sectors (4335 MB), CHS=8399/16/63 -----> _63_****

the other weird thing i did with that drive was a low level format-
i tried interleave=3 - but it soon went wonkey -
so i tried interleave=1 -
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