[Novalug] Problem Installing on SSD
James Ewing Cottrell 3rd
JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET
Fri Jul 23 13:45:26 EDT 2010
In addition to Jay's excellent advice, I would add a few questions as
well as my own advice.
Q: What do you mean by "SSD"? Flash Drive? One of those square chips?
My advice would be to go to console two, the shell console, and fire up
your own fdisk on the SSD, as well as run mkfs there.
On 7/22/2010 9:18 PM, Jay Hart wrote:
> Mr. Hsu,
> My suggestions:
> 1a. Is your BIOS patched to the latest firmware?
> 1b. Did you verify the ISO image prior to and after burning?
> 1c. Have you ran memtest86 to see if you are having memory errors?
> 1d. How do you have the drives installed? Separate bus?
> 2. Try to create only partitions first.
> 3. Next try to format those partitions
> 4. Then try to install, you might try a Live CD and a network install based CD.
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>> A co-worker convinced me to try installing Linux on a
>> SSD rather than a regular hard drive.
>> So I added an OCZ Vertex SSD to my computer which already
>> has Windows 7 on a Seagate SATA hard drive, and proceeded
>> to try to install Linux on the SSD.
>> Fedora 13's installer gets to the point where it tries to
>> create the partitions on the SSD and then it says there's
>> been an error and the install aborts. Switching to virtual
>> console 4, the messages there appears to indicate Linux is
>> unable to read the size of the drive.
>> So I tried Ubuntu 10.04LTS instead. It gets a little
>> farther ("copying files") before it aborts saying that
>> it couldn't create /bin because / is a read-only filesystem.
>> Booting System Rescue CD 1.5.8 after each install attempt
>> shows that Fedora 13 never touches the SSD, but Ubuntu
>> 10.04LTS did successfully create the partitions and did
>> start creating directories and files on the SSD. I can
>> even use vi to create a file on the partition and use cat
>> to display the file.
>> Anybody have any idea why I'm having trouble installing
>> Linux on this solid state drive?
>> - --
>> Barnett Hsu
>> bhsu at acm.org
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