Joined: Oct. 2006
||Posted: May 11 2008,18:25
I am trying to create DSL dedicated BOINC machine by installing DSL on an older system. I have managed to do this before about a year ago but am having trouble doing this again. I am using the latest DSL v4.2.5. I am mostly a Linux/Unix neophyte so keep that in mind. Also note that I am only going to install DSL on this disk, so I don't need to have different partitions for DOS/WIN or whatever.
So I have tried using a standard disk install and a frugal install but there is some disconnect with the disk itself. After reading a lot of posts in this forum that are related to my problems, I think my biggest problem is that the disk isn't partitioned correctly. I initially created a DOS partition with fdisk on the disk to install to. However, that installation failed. I am not sure why this failed since all appeared to finish normally but the system wouldn't boot.
So I tried many other install types like the frugal install and it fails because it says there is no disk to install to.
So then reading here, I thought I would try to partition the disk with cfdisk. When I start cfdisk, it immediately comes up with an error that says "Fatal Error: cannot open disk drive". I even tried "cfdisk -z /dev/hda" as suggested by others.
So at this point I need some help to figure out what is happening. If I can't get the partition right, I think that I will not be able to do the install.
Thanks in advance for your help