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Bug#252204: marked as done (Can not format partitions)

Your message dated Thu, 3 Mar 2011 23:34:04 +0000
with message-id <201103032334.04240.elmig@debianpt.org>
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has caused the Debian Bug report #252204,
regarding Can not format partitions
to be marked as done.

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Package: install
Version: beta-4

I have an old laptop which I brought before 1998. I just upgrade my new harddrive to 20 gb and use the sarge installer to install debian on it.

No matter how I parition the harddrive, partman just say "format failed"  and return me back to partman again. I look at the log. It says Cannot find reiserfs fs on /dev/hda1. 

I use the shell to cfdisk it, but it refuses to write the parition table to it. It just complain that reread failed

I suspect that it is due to the fact that my old bios (sorry no new bios is available) cannot support harddrive bigger than 8.4gb.

Finally, I give up on the sarge installer, move it to my desktop and debootstrap from there. Everything works now

Should sarge installer be able to deal with this?

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A lot as changed and have been improved in the debian installer and in it's 

As there was no further info since 2004, the problem is not know with current 
version and this version of the debian installer is not developed anymore i 
invite you to test with the current release that now it's Debian 6.0 'Squeeze' 

Hence i am closing this report and invite you to test and report any issues 
against current debian installer release.

1 - http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
Melhores cumprimentos/Best regards,

Miguel Figueiredo

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