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

From: Sam Geeraerts
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Computer Won't Boot
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 17:19:10 +0100
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Harry wrote:
When it I type "p", I see three valid partitions:

Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes 255 heads, 63
sectors/track, 38913 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 =
8225280 bytes Disk identifier: 0x000526f0

Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System /dev/sda1
1       37998   305218903+  83  Linux /dev/sda2           37999
38913     7349737+   5  Extended /dev/sda5           37999
38913     7349706   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Should I continue the steps as normal anyways?

I just noticed that the cat command said /dev/sda1. That should be
/dev/sda if you want to overwrite your partition table.

And also, just to be clear, I should let cat /dev/zero > /dev/sda1
run for a few seconds, then use Ctrl-C to stop it, or should I let it
run in the background and create a new terminal tab for the other

Use Ctrl-c. You don't want to have 2 processes writing to your disk at the same time.

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