Re: Compaq Laptops and their Hard
Thanks for all your great advice. I played with trying to run just
Linux on the machine, but depending on which flavor of Debian I used
(2.2, Progeny, Libranet) it sometimes would and sometimes wouldn't have
trouble with the Compaq partition. Since I didn't want to risk screwing
up the installation and my data if I upgraded or changed distributions I
decided to go ahead and do the dual-boot thing. Besides it provides a
nice comparison when people don't believe that the Linux GUI is that
On 22 Mar 2001 12:00:05 -0800, ian mckerrow wrote:
> I have a couple of compaq armadas that had the
> original bios partition. In fact, the dignostic
> partition is not needed at all. I totally formatted
> the HDD to remove it and then installed Linux. No
> problems. I have a second HDD which I also formatted
> and then installed windows followed by Linux. Again,
> no problems. The bios features (indeed a whole range
> of on board hardware upgrades) for your laptop can be
> upgraded with compaq softpaqs and the dignostic
> partion can also be recreated with a softpaq. Go to
> compaqs website for info and downloads.
> Yours, Ian
> > 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
> > overcome this.
> > So, has anyone had success installing Linux on a
> > Compaq laptop? If so,
> > how did you overcome the partition issue?
> > Thanks,
> > Roger Shaffer Jr.
> > email@example.com
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