Re: Compaq Laptops and their Hard Drives
>From: Roger Shaffer
>Subject: Compaq Laptops and their Hard Drives
>Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 13:16:20 -0600
>I have a Compaq Presario 1640 laptop that happily ran Linux in a
>dual-boot situation for the last year and a half. Recently the hard
>drive failed and, once it was replaced, I thought it would be a perfect
>opportunity to reclaim some disk space and reinstall only Linux.
>Unfortunately, Compaq does some wierd proprietary partitioning things to
>the hard drive and BIOS so that any installation of just Linux leaves me
>with a working copy that will give all sorts of write past sector and
>data corruption errors. Compaq is less than forthcoming about how to
>So, has anyone had success installing Linux on a Compaq laptop? If so,
>how did you overcome the partition issue?
>Roger Shaffer Jr.
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I have an Armada E500 PII 400, and I have just Debian on it. Although I am fighting the USB port under 2.4.2, I have no issues. I used to run RH7 on it, but have opted for a more stream lined release 2.2r7. I used both Disk Druid (no comments), and fdisk. Both seem to work flawlessly. I have also replaced the original drive, with a larger unit. This too worked out of the box. I would like to see some of the error msgs if you could post them. Are you getting any signal 7 errors or anything of the sort?
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