Re: [linux-dell-laptops] Digest Number 348 - Part 2
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Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 06:14:52 -0000
Subject: Re: partioning (with regards to safe hibernation & 8.x gig limit)
Two quick things. First I have heard people on here using a windows
partition, fat16/fat32 for the swap 2 disk partition. Not sure of the
specifics on that. That layout might require a very small s2d
partition or something just to get the active/non-active partition
thing working. If I remeber correctly, when you use the mks2d dos
utility from dell, you have a couple options 1)mke a new partition,
just for s2d, 2) make a small s2d and use some fat, and 3) possibly, use only fat.
Second thing: I can't get the suspend to disk (or memory) to work
under Linux. I only use redhat, mainly because my work uses it, and I
have been using wolverine (post 7.0) with stock 2.4.1, and a couple
custom 2.4.2 kernels. Some DELL guy on this list told me the next
public beta or rh 7.1 (which should be public within 6 weeks) will do
the suspend to disk stuff correctly, (he couldn't get it to work with
wolverine either, but could with some rc 7.1 release). Based on that
I should not be used as the end all source for the suspend 2 disk
issue. If anyone want to give me a suggestion I'll try it.
Did I say 2 things?
Third thing. Have you tried vmware @
vmware.com. This could eliminate your need to install win anything as
an OS on the hardware. I'm a NT/2000 engineer for Purdue and we have
been running Windows on Linux using vmware for a long time. I love
this part too, Linux runs NT/2000 better than they can run them self.
So I run 2000 virtually for all my admin stuff on the laptop now. Not
sure about the game thing.
--- In linux-dell-laptops@y..., Stephen Lau wrote:
> >So I am creating the following partition structure:
> >hda1 (boot from dos floopy and create this first with mks2k)
> >hda2 /boot ACTIVE partition, LILO installed here
> >hda4 extended
> >hda5 /
> >hda6 /home
> I want to keep my Windows partition when I get my I8000 - so I was
> to use PartitionMagic or FIPS to knock it down to about 3 gigs (
> enough for Windows, Office, and Rainbow Six:Rogue Spear ).
> I was just going to keep the windows partition as hda1, but now I'm
> concerned about getting s2d & the boot partition under the cylinder
> It seems maybe I should do something like:
> hda2 /boot (with LILO installed here)
> hda4 extended
> hda6 /
> I assume when I get it, probably all 20 gigs will be allocated as
> Windows. Is there a way to move/swap partition assignments/ordering
> achieve my desired ordering?
Or is there a solution that will let
> leave the Windows partition as hda1?
If I can fit the /boot
> under the limit, but after the Windows partition - then I think I
> be golden - but I'm not sure if it will fit... any ideas?
> stephen lau :: [slau@u...] :: www.whacked.net :: ucsd/cse grad
> "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open
> and remove all doubt."
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 17:38:47 +1000
From: Matthew Geier
Subject: Re: Re: safe Hibernation
> I don't want to run a subject into the ground, but I spent 20 some
> hours working with the suspend function this past weekend. I posted
> this earlier in the week:
Also a warning to any one else playing with this - I made the fatal
mistake of getting the system to restore a hibernate partition that had
been created a few weeks ago whilst playing with this, unsuccessfully,
Bad move. The disk layout had changed significantly in 3 weeks, the
hibernate routines restored the memory/system state to 3 weeks ago, the
disk layout was of course now different and the system crashed and
Ill now have to re-install linux on it, it messed up the file system
(XFS) really badly.
(This was a C600, but I think this applies in general)
I think ill be putting the dos MBR back, installing lilo in /boot and
letting the bios choose which partition to boot. I am assuming I can
still boot win2k from lilo no matter what partition lilo hides in.
Fortunatly I have nothing important on the machine. Be careful trying
things with this....
Matthew Geier matthew@...
Arts IT Unit +61 2 9351 4713
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Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 07:00:46 -0000
Subject: Re: idebus=xx,!!I INCREASED MY DRIVE SPEED!!
I just found the following site:
Went to one of the Inspiron 8000 entries and found this:
Test the speed of your harddrive using the command 'hdparm -T -t
/dev/hda'. When you get a speed lower then 5 MB/sec your drive is not
using DMA. DMA makes the drive 2 to 3 times faster.
Amod Dani wrote me telling that it is not necessary to recompile the
kernel to get DMA working. The only thing you ! need to do is add the
following line to one of your startup scripts, probably