Don't Forget The Swap Partition

Just solved a problem on a 486DX2/66 16MB. I had carried out an HD install, but could not get it to boot completely into X. The problem was I had created a swap partition with cfdisk but hadn't mkswap'd or swapon'd it. (I guess that means I hadn't formatted it or turned it on).

The commands I'd missed out were -

mkswap /dev/hda1
swapon /dev/hda1

If you are doing a hd install then see this page

as well as following the instructions in Dillo.

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Don't Forget The Swap Partition - More

Just checked another box that I was having some problems with, this time a P4 2GHz 256MB. The problem was with a BOINC project that I was running on this box. The project was World Community Grid and the application was Fight Aids @ Home. Now this project is supposed to work fine on Linux with 250MB, but it kept crashing on start up on this box.

After my problems with the 486 I checked the widget panel on the P4 and sure enough it was recognising the ram but showing a swap of 0.

sudo su
mkswap /dev/hda1
swapon /dev/hda1


Voila! Fire up the BOINC app and it runs.