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  1. #1

    Partition not detected

    Hi all, i'm a newbie to linux. I'm using a slackware 12.0 dvd on a Acer 4520 laptop(Amd 64 Turion X-2 2.0 ghz, nVidia Heforce 7000m, hitachi 120gb hd)

    During the cfdisk partition, it only shows the free disk space of 4.6gb. Although i have windows XP installed in a different partition and another total unpartitioned space of 15gb.

    And when i run lspci with a different livecd, most of the components are labeled as nVidia Corporation: Unknown Device

    Any idea bout it?

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    Linux Engineer Freston's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forums!

    The Slackware DVD gives you the chance of running commands from the command line before the installation begins.
    Can you post the output of this command?
    fdisk -l
    Only after pressing 'submit' it occurred to me that this may happen sometimes when people run cfdisk on a system where the setup of mass storage devices isn't what the default values of cfdisk expects. I have a distinct feeling that your system is like that.
    As cfdisk can handle only one disk at a time it defaults to /dev/hda is no argument is given. It finds a space of 4,6GB you say?? Coincidence? I think you're unknowingly are attempting to partition the install DVD
    You might want to try
    cfdisk /dev/sda
    As a quick attempt to fixing this. Please post back your results.
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    fdisk -1 returned as invalid command. It needed an additional command after the -1.

    Anyway, cfdisk /dev/sda worked. Thanks
    But half of my hardwares still remained as unknown device. What shud i do bout it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miux View Post
    fdisk -1 returned as invalid command. It needed an additional command after the -1.
    Just so you'll know for the next time, it's a lowercase letter "l", and not a numeral 1. Don't worry though, because it's a very common error.

    Tell us more about your unknown hardware.

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    Thats from the nimblex livecd. Its bout the same result with the slackware 12.0 now. But the audio and ethernet controller are detected in the slackware. The rest still remain unknown

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    Linux Newbie stinkoman's Avatar
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    try cfdisk /dev/hdb or cfdisk /dev/sda or cfdisk /dev/sdb
    (i think it assumes hda when just cfdisk is used)
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