Re: Compaq Laptops and their Hard Drives
Thanks for the quick response.
The most consistent errors show up when using apt-get or dselect. The
important database files like /var/lib/dpkg/available and
/var/cache/apt/available become corrupted with strange characters. In
addition, I will also occasionally see the error "trying to write past
last sector". I don't remember any numbers associated with the error
messages, but I'll keep a closer eye on it. I did notice, while
researching this, that circa 1640 laptops had a normal hda1 (sectors
3-whatever) partition where Windows lived and a hidden hda3 (sectors
1-2) partition where the system save is kept. I think it has something
to do with this mysterious hda3.
I'll run it some more and see if I can get some more specific errors.
I did play with the LBA option a long time ago, but it's been set on
DOS for a while now. Since I rerestored Windows (ugh) to try to
recreate the mysterious hda3. I'll try running the installation again,
following the hints you gave. Thanks a lot I'll keep you posted.
On 19 Mar 2001 21:18:49 +0000, John Trainer wrote:
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?
>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
>opportunity to reclaim some disk space and reinstall only Linux.
>Unfortunately, Compaq does some wierd proprietary partitioning
>the hard drive and BIOS so that any installation of just Linux
>with a working copy that will give all sorts of write past sector
>data corruption errors. Compaq is less than forthcoming about how
>So, has anyone had success installing Linux on a Compaq laptop? If
>how did you overcome the partition issue?
>Roger Shaffer Jr.
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