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When installing linux mandrake delux 6.5 I get through all the consoles until the question comes up on the disk set up on which tool I would like to use. I use Droid and then the next screen says that an error has occured. (no drives found). I have a linus partition installed on the c drive and am trying to set up on an abit bp6 board using dual processers. Have windows 98 installed as the other system. How do I go on from here?
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by:agodwin
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Are you using Partition Magic?
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by:tjunod
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Yes I am using partition magic.  I have the full version, but am using what came with the software
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Try using fdisk instead.
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I tried using fdisk from the same console that druid was in and came up with the same results. Are you saying to go into dos fdisk and repartition?
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Remove your linux partition with Partition magic and try Mandrake setup again.
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It looks like the disk druid cannot find a valid partition or free space.  Use partition magic to create some freespace and then run the install.  When disk druid scans the hdd, it should find the freespace and allow you to set up the necessary partitions.
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One other Thing I failed to mention is that I am using an ultra 66 hard drive which the mother board supports. Does Linus recognize this ?
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If you have an ultra66 controller, you are unfortunately out of luck as far as installing mandrake linux "6.5" out of the box.  it requires some extra hacking at this point.  when the 2.4 kernel gets released sometime in y2000, get the mandrake version that includes that kernel and install that instead.


alternately, if your hard drive will support it, you can unplug your drive from the ultra66 controller and plug it into your motherboard's ide controller directly.  this should allow you to install linux successfully.  however,  any currently installed operating system on that drive would fail to work correctly after making such a change, so please be careful -- don't do this if you already have windows installed and want to keep it.

so, in short, the 2.4 kernel *will* include a driver for your ultra66 controller.  mandrake "6.5" currently does not.

~f
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Tried it and it worked perfectly.
                 Thank You
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