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I tried installing Arch Linux for the second time. I've never had problems with Linux before, or atleast major problems. I got the partition working, and it worked, or it ...
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- 03-26-2007 #1
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- Jul 2006
Harddrive is read-only and whacked up after Arch installation
I tried installing Arch Linux for the second time. I've never had problems with Linux before, or atleast major problems. I got the partition working, and it worked, or it didn't, and reinstalled Windows.
I followed http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/..._Install_Guide both times, Everything went fine, no odd messages, no obstructing errors.
I did an MD5 check both times, and they were good.
My guess is it's the boot loader. This time, I did the auto-prepare for the hard drive, and choose GRUB as my boot loader, and had it go to the default place, which apparently wasn't correct.
My situation as of now? I am stuck at the first boot screen, where it says to press F2 for Boot, and F10 for BIOS, but I can't get there. If I unplug my IDE Harddrive, I can, which is how I've been able to boot to a CD, and use a LiveCD like this, Xubuntu, or get back to the Arch screen.
Now, if I fdisk /dev/hda, it says it doesn't exist. When I fdisk /dev/hdc it does, but it says there are no partitions. When I remember after doing auto-prepare, checking it out under manual, that all three partitions were there. I tried getting help in the Arch IRC Chat, but didn't get it fixed, and basically found out that /dev/hdc is read-only.
When FDisking, all that seems to work is:
fdisk -l /dev/hdc
"Note: sector size is 2048 (not 512) Disk /dev/hdc: 7740 MB, 7740522496 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 235 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 2048 = 32901120 bytes Disk /dev/hdc doesn't contain a valid partition table"
Also incase it matters:
ls: /dev/sd*: No such file or directory
I also ran
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/HD count=1 bs=512
1+0 records in 1+0 records out 512 bytes (512 B) copied, 5e-05 seconds, 10 MB/s