* HELP - "Invalid partition table" after installation of Slackware 3.2

* HELP - "Invalid partition table" after installation of Slackware 3.2

Post by Michael Cla » Tue, 20 May 1997 04:00:00



Help!  I'm a Linux newbie e-mailing this from a computer at school since
I can't boot Win95 off my own HDD right now.  Please send any replies to

where she can print up replies).

I was running Win95 OSR2 (with FAT 16, not FAT32) on my:

IBM 6x86 P166+GE
512k PBC
32MB 60ns EDO
3.2GB Quantum Fireball E-IDE HDD

My HDD had a 1000MB primary and an extended DOS partition with several
logical drives.  I backed up my *most* essential files, zipped everyting
up from the extended partition and moved it to the primary partition.

Then I deleted my extended DOS partition with DOS FDISK, repartitioned
it with Linux FDISK, and installed Slackware 3.2/Linux 2.0.29 I tried to
reboot of the HDD so that my wife could use Win95 and I got the
following:

Invalid partition table

I can boot from my boot diskettes (Linux, LILO, and Win95), but not my
HDD.  Between the Linux installation and setup I tried to reboot off
/dev/hda1 so my wife could use Win95 and I think that's when it got
messed up.

After I got the Invalid partition table message I used the Linux
bootdisk and rootdisk to continue on with Linux SETUP.  After SETUP I
rebooted with my Win95 bootdisk and used DOS FDISK to check out the
partitions I had created from Linux.  Then I used DOS FORMAT on the
logical drives that I had created in the new extended partition.

From Linux my partitions and logical drives look something like:

Device     Boot...  Blocks...  System

/dev/hda1   *       1024096+   DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda2   *        616896    Linux native
/dev/hda3             36288    Linux swap
/dev/hda4           1463616    Extended
/dev/hda5            512032+   DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda6            512032+   DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda7            258016+   DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda8            128992+   DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda9             52384+   DOS 16-bit >=32M

Please help me.

TIA,


 
 
 

1. HELP - "Invalid partition table" after installation of Linux

Earlier today I sent the msg below from another account of mine (it wasn't
yet showing up in this newsgroup via AO Hell).  Using my  Win95 OSR2
bootdisk, I ran FDISK again.  It showed both my "Win95" and Linux native
(primary) partitions as active.  I set the "Win95" as active again.  Then
the Linux partition no longer showed up as active and I no longer got the
"Invalid partition table" msg (Win95 boots from /dev/hda1 again).  I guess
that Win95 OSR2 can't handle having more than one active partition?  What
impact will this have on Linux if any?  I want to be able to dual boot.
Suggestions?

TIA,

Michael

PREVIOUS MSG----------------------------------------------------------
Help!  I'm a Linux newbie e-mailing this from a computer at school since I
can't boot Win95 off my own HDD right now.  Please send any replies to

where she can print up replies).

I was running Win95 OSR2 (with FAT 16, not FAT32) on my:

IBM 6x86 P166+GE
512k PBC
32MB 60ns EDO
3.2GB Quantum Fireball E-IDE HDD

My HDD had a 1000MB primary and an extended DOS partition with several
logical drives.  I backed up my *most* essential files, zipped everyting
up from the extended partition and moved it to the primary partition.

Then I deleted my extended DOS partition with DOS FDISK, repartitioned it
with Linux FDISK, and installed Slackware 3.2/Linux 2.0.29 I tried to
reboot of the HDD so that my wife could use Win95 and I got the following:

Invalid partition table

I can boot from my boot diskettes (Linux, LILO, and Win95), but not my
HDD.  Between the Linux installation and setup I tried to reboot off
/dev/hda1 so my wife could use Win95 and I think that's when it got messed
up.

After I got the Invalid partition table message I used the Linux bootdisk
and rootdisk to continue on with Linux SETUP.  After SETUP I rebooted with
my Win95 bootdisk and used DOS FDISK to check out the partitions I had
created from Linux.  Then I used DOS FORMAT on the logical drives that I
had created in the new extended partition.

From Linux my partitions and logical drives look something like:

Device     Boot...  Blocks...  System

/dev/hda1   *       1024096+   DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda2   *        616896    Linux native
/dev/hda3             36288    Linux swap
/dev/hda4           1463616    Extended
/dev/hda5            512032+   DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda6            512032+   DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda7            258016+   DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda8            128992+   DOS 16-bit >=32M
/dev/hda9             52384+   DOS 16-bit >=32M

Please help me.

TIA,


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