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Re: [gNewSense-users] Computer Won't Boot

From: Harry
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Computer Won't Boot
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:47:14 -0500

Sorry, that message got cut short. Continuing...

Thanks for your help Paul.

Unfortunately I couldn't open a terminal from the LiveCD. After further inspection I was able to determine that the CD only spins for five or so minutes after the computer boots, and after that point everything starts to freeze up and not work. I could open a terminal in the first five minutes usually, but l could never finish typing the commands before everything started freezing. I figured a USB couldn't do this, so I bought a 2 GB stick and used FUSBi to load gNewSense on it. As suspected, the USB made the OS act as normal. When I try to run sudo cat /dev/zero > /dev/sda1 though, I get "bash: /dev/sda1: Permission denied". I definitely put sudo there... Any ideas?

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On Dec 26, 2010, at 3:20 AM, Paul O'Malley <address@hidden> wrote:

live cd


sudo cat /dev/zero > /dev/sda1

let it run for a few seconds

this will kill the hard drive

next up partition the disk using

sudo fdisk /dev/sda

p to print it should show no valid paritions

create a large partition at the front of the disk
/      make it bootable ext3
and a 1 gig at the back end (for swap)

type sudo partprobe to have the device re read
then type sudo fdisk -l
partitions should show up

reboot  (just so you know the partitions have taken

install as normal

(I've 15 years or more of doing this kind of thing and I had to do exactly this last Wednesday)

Thanks ahead of time for any help.

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^^ seriously are you aware of the amount of apps on that device that might rat out your personal information to advertisers?

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