I have a question about disk partition and DOS. First off, I have an
old 386 system, 8M RAM, hda is a 130M Seagate drive, and hdb is a 40M
Conner drive. (Both drives are IDE.) I am using Slackware August
1995 CDs and kernel 1.2.8. This is what happens.
I wanted to have a small DOS partition on the first drive, so I
followed, step by step, the instructions on formatting the disk with a
DOS boot floppy and creating the partition. Everything was fine and
dandy, I could boot it when I was done so I was OK. Next, I installed
Linux on the remainder of the disk, using the second disk as /tmp.
Again, fine and dandy.
The problem is that when I reboot the system, I get the message
'Invalid partition table'. Argh ;-( So, I did the whole thing again,
got the same message, and just for the fun of it, repeated it and got
the same message.
So, in frustration, I put the DOS partition on the second drive, used
all the first drive for Linux, and voila, it works. I can't boot DOS
from the second drive, but at least I can see it from Linux - a
compromise at best, because I can imagine there will be times when I
need to boot DOS, and the whole floppy boot...
Anyways, if anybody knows why this is happening and/or can help me
out, I would appreciate some enlightment.
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