[conspire] Re: RHL 9 Install problems
rhl at molecularsoftware.com
Tue Jul 8 16:44:48 PDT 2003
On 7/7/03, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> writes:
> Quoting Greg Dougherty (rhl at molecularsoftware.com):
>> I tried telling it to check for Bad Blocks. It claimed to find
>> them, and refused to install (I though formatters were supposed to
>> mark off bad blocks, not fail).
> Yes, that's what should have happened.
Should mark them off? Or should just fail?
> But please note that Linux installers invariably default to no
> bad-block checking, because of the amount of time it takes.
That's fine, that's why I set it to check bad blocks in Disk Druid.
> If you're in doubt about the condition of a hard drive, using the
> manufacturer's pseudo-low-level formatting utility for that model will
> sometimes make it behave properly, by re-establishing the timing tracks
> -- and the same utilities will often also do hardware diagnostics.
That would require me to HAVE said utility. It certainly didn't come with my
> Please see my list of links:
I've downloaded them. We'll see what I can accomplish with them.
> > I downloaded the iso's from a red hat mirror, so they should be good.
> Just in case you might not have noticed, the RH installer offers, on its
> first screen, a "media check" (or words to that effect).
Hard not to notice, it's kind of pushy about it. :-)
One of the CD-ROM drives I tried didn't like my disks, the other did. That's
why I tried using the RHL isos.
> > I'll try downloading the LNX-BBC iso, and see what I can do with that.
> It's handy to have, anyway -- and I like having it (as well) because
> (to me) it's a known quantity: Whenever there's funny stuff going on
> and I want reliable diagnostic tools to reduce the number of diagnostic
> variables, its contents are useful for doing so.
I downloaded and burned it. when I try to run fsck, it complains that the
partition is mounted. I tried using umount (both "umount /dev/hda2" and "umount
/root", for example), and it insisted that the thing was NOT mounted. Bad
blocks read only claimed not to find anything, and it refused to run Bad blocks
read-write, because the partition was mounted! :-(
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