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partition error why?

Postby flawless on Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:38 am

i have tried booting linux on my new pc (only got a 15GB HDD atm) but it cant partition it as it comes up with and error saying

(the attempt to mount a file system with type ext3 in scsi1 (0.1.0), partition #(sda) at /failed)

why wont it partition the device?

it installed fine on my laptop (acer aspire 1640)
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Re: partition error why?

Postby rivenought on Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:24 am

First of all, welcome to the forum!

If at all possible, a little more info would certainly be helpful to get you up and running.

What version of Linux Mint are you trying to run? How much RAM does your machine have? I have installed Linux distros on that same size drive (and smaller) previously. Please post back with some specifications.
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Re: partition error why?

Postby flawless on Fri Jun 13, 2008 2:58 pm

im usein a amd 64 dual core and 4GB ram and mint elyssa
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Re: partition error why?

Postby rivenought on Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:44 pm

Have you tried to partition the drive before attempting the install? When you boot the live CD, on that first desktop, go to mintMenu > Administration > Partition Editor. Make the partitions as you need them (/boot, /swap, /, and /home - for example). Once you have those set up and formatted, then click on the Mint Install icon on the desktop. When it comes to the partitioning step, you can manually set up the mount points in the partitions you have already assigned. Sometimes this method works better than just doing it in the installer. It might be worth a test.

The CPU and RAM seem much more than adequate, even more so than any machine I have running Mint 5! I am assuming this is a newer system with an older hard drive. Did you assemble this new rig with pieces from older systems? I do that often myself. Sometimes a look-see in the BIOS might be a good idea in case of boot order or PATA/SATA settings. I am tossing out some ideas, and probably items you have already checked.

What motherboard do you have? nVidia graphics, perhaps? I know Linux will install on a 15 GB hard drive. In fact, if you had maybe 128 MB for /boot, 512 MB for /swap, 6 GB for /root, that would still leave you with 8 GB thereabouts for /home. Anyway, post back with the results of the use of the partition editor. Good luck!

If anyone else has any ideas, feel free to share your suggestions.
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