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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 
    >To: debian-laptop@lists.debian.org 
    >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
    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
    >data corruption errors. Compaq is less than forthcoming about how
    >overcome this. 
    >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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