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Re: still not booting

Edmund GRIMLEY EVANS <edmundo@rano.demon.co.uk> writes:

> First, I'll answer my own question:
> > (And how many kinds of incompatible partition table are there?)
> The answer is quite a lot. See check_partition() in
> linux/drivers/block/genhd.c for a list of the ones that Linux can
> understand.

> I managed to convert my previous partition table (I don't know what
> type it was) to a Sun partition table while preserving the ext2 file
> system in /dev/sda2; /dev/sda1 got trashed, but that was only swap,
> fortunately. In general you can't always convert a partition table from
> one type to another because the different types have different rules
> about where a partition may begin. And there are all sorts of problems
> with changing geometries ...

You can't have swap as the first partition on the disk.  The boot
loader and the swap overwrite each other.


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