Re: can't get Linux to install

Dave Gingrich <gingrich2@...>


If I had to guess, I would bet that one of the questions or selections is
incorrect, in the steps setting up the hard drive partitions. It might be
as simple as making sure all the existing partitions are deleted first.

I would be willing to walk through the process with you and your wife on
the phone some evening this week, except tonight. I have an extra drive so
we could step through it together. That would get you started at least.

-Dave K9DC

On Mon, September 13, 2004 11:34 am, Butch Bussen said:

I spent most of last week end trying to get Linux installed with no luck.
It is more than a little frustrating because, as I mentioned before, I
need someone to read the screen. I had my wife help and printed out the
instructions for her and I also followed along, so I'm certain we did
everything right. After I enter all the network stuff, it says
formatting, then I get the following error

Error mounting device hda2 as /:
invalid arguement

This most likely means this partition has not been formatted.
press o.k. to reboot your system.

I think the drive is o.k. as I've formatted it on dos and it checks out
o.k. I'm wondering if the problem is Linux isn't getting the proper
parameters for the drive. This is a 2000 vintage board with a 4 gig
seagate drive. In CMOS, it is set to auto. As I recall, only other
choices are mode 0 and mode 1, but at this point not sure.

I seem to recall something back when I use to build systems about lba
needed turned off for Linux.

Any suggestions welcome. I'm just guessing and really don't know what
else to try. I'm more than a little frustrated, and Libbie is really
frustrated. Hopefully, once I get things to the point I can access the
Linux box remotely with my talking computer, I can do more without help.

Tanks much.


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