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Re[2]: still not booting

>> 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 
>> 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 
>> system in /dev/sda2; /dev/sda1 got trashed, but that was only swap,
>> fortunately. In general you can't always convert a partition table 
>> one type to another because the different types have different rules
>> about where a partition may begin. And there are all sorts of 
>> with changing geometries ...
>You can't have swap as the first partition on the disk.  The boot loader 
>and the swap overwrite each other

You should not put anything on the first cylinder of your disk. My swap 
partition begins at the 2nd one.

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