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Help wanted on setting up problem

Bartman
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Hi everybody

I've got this problem with setting up linux on a IBM machine. My
configuration is as follows:

IBM machine with a 486DX4 intel processor
IDE controllor and a 1.2 GB IDE HD

When I use fdisk I can set up three partitions 2 linux-native and 1
linux swap. After this I the Slackware setup and this tells me that
there are no linux native partitions, but fdisk tells something
different. And formatting doesn't work. So can anybody help me. It is also a clean HD with no other OS

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Bartie, If this is a MCA (Micro Channel Architecture) PC, then you will not get this to work. If you have a stock standard PS/2, then it will most probably be MCA. If you're not sure, then you can verify this with most PC diagnostic software. If it is MCA, then you could possibly try the MCA version of Linux, but I've never had much luck with it :(

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Bartie, Take a look at ftp://ftp.dcrl.nd.edu/pub/misc/linux/ where you'll find the stuff you need for the PS/2. If you have no luck, then you're not on your own! Also, if this fails, download the latest kernel as I believe that MCA is starting to be addressed since 2.0.8 (or there abouts). Good luck.
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