Hi! I am a complete newbie as far as Linux is concerned – been using Windows ever since my introduction to computers 10 years ago. Last week I was introduced to Linux by one of my friends, read up a bit and downloaded three distributions that interested me, namely Fedora7, Debian 4 and Slackware 11 (DVD ISO’s). I bought a 160 GB SATA Hard Disk to facilitate these new operating systems on my computer. I started with the installation of Slackware and seem to have hit a brick-wall
Processor: Intel Core2Duo 1.86I first loaded in my Windows XP Disc and created four (RAW) partitions of approximately 40 GB each. I then booted up my computer using the Slackware DVD. My first problems were in loading the right kernel. The default kernel sata.i didn’t help me as ‘fdisk’ couldn’t open the drive. After a lot of trial and error which involved a lot of reboots I loaded the kernel test26.s through which fdisk could be used.
Main-board: Intel DG965RY
Memory: 2GB DDR2 RAM
Hard Drive1: Seagate 160 GB SATA HDD ST3160211AS (Windows) Installed on SATA PORT 1
Hard Drive2: Seagate 160 GB SATA HDD ST3160211AS (New) Installed on SATA PORT 3
DVD: LG DVD-RW
Floppy: No floppy drive present
Through the kernel test26.s , using fdisk I could partition the drive which is recognized as /dev/sdb1. I started by partitioning a 2GB space on this 40 GB allocation as a primary partition to be designated as root partition. I created an extended partition for the rest of the space (38 GB) and created logical partitions for them, which included /swap, /usr, /tmp and /home. All this goes fine, but when I write the data fdisk gives me a warning which says
WARNING: Re-reading the partition table failed with error 22: Invalid argument (I don’t know if this is a problem)
My partition details as displayed by fdisk
Device Boot Id System
/dev/sdb1p1 83 Linux
/dev/sdb1p2 5 Extended
/dev/sdb1p5 82 Linux swap
/dev/sdb1p6 83 Linux
/dev/sdb1p7 83 Linux
/dev/sdb1p8 83 Linux
Because of the warning displayed I rebooted my system and find that the partitions have been created, but when I run setup from the installation prompt I am unable to add swap partitions or setup target partitions, using the options available in the setup menu. Why isn’t my swap partition being recognized and moreover, why isn’t any other partition that I created using fdisk being recognized? The Add Swap option displays this
NO SWAP SPACE DETECTED
You have not created a swap partition with Linux fdisk.
Do you want to continue installing without one?
When I try to set up a target partition only the partition which I created from windows (/dev/sdb1) is being recognized. The other partitions (/dev/sdb1p1 … /dev/sdb1p8 ) which have been created with fdisk are not found in the menu list.
The final problem which I face is the source drive is not recognized – meaning to say that my DVD-RW is not being read from. I thought this would be because maybe DVD-RW’s are not recognized (at least initially), so I bought a DVD Drive but even that doesn’t seem to solve the problem. Right now I have created a temporary FAT partition [NTFS partition doesn’t work – learnt it the hard way ]which holds the slackware source on the second hard-drive, which seems to have solved the problem temporarily, but I still wonder why is it that the source drive is not read from, when the initial booting is done from that.
I think I am committing a mistake somewhere, but I am unable to figure out what it is. So if somebody who knows their way around Slackware can help me out I would really be very grateful indeed.
P.S. I tried installing Slackware to my old laptop – Dell Inspiron 4000, everything worked right down to where it says, ‘Installation complete – reboot’ (or something to that effect). But when I reboot, I get the words GRUB on the screen and nothing else and nothing happens from thereon except the cursor blinking. Wonder why? Will try installing Slackware to my Lenovo Z60m IBM ThinkPad and my newer Dell Inspiron XPS M1210 late next week and see what happens.