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#1 2012-11-12 04:56:04

FiltroMan
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ArchBang stucks at partitioning

Hi guys, I'm trying to install latest version of ArchBang on my IBM ThinkPad T23 with 1.13 GHz CPU and 512 MiB of RAM. My CDROM drive doesn't work anymore so I'm using a bootable USB media, created by dumping in it the whole iso. I can start the live session and installation script, but everything stucks at partitioning, anyone can help me to find a workaround? Thanks in advance!

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#2 2012-11-12 05:38:50

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

As is noted elsewhere in the forums in certain conditions partitioning during the installation won't work.
The solution to this is to use gparted from the live iso and do the partitioning before the installation and do the installation afterwards skipping the partitioning bit but not forgetting of course to point the installation to the right places for root and swap.


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#3 2012-11-12 06:18:35

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

Oh, I noticed about those problems about live partitioning, but can you advice me about how I can partition my HDD in best way?

EDIT: I've partitioned my HDD using G-Parted Live, following the scheme that I've found in Arch Linux's beginners guide, but when I try to install the system skipping live partitioning, it freezes anyway... Suggestions?

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#4 2012-11-12 06:56:32

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

Hi FiltroMan, Do you have another OS installed?

If so, you should use gparted to make some free space (reducing size of partitions).

And about best way of partitioning your HDD, normally - if you are new to linux) you'll want just 1 partition for root ( / )
Also, you can make a small partition (about twice your ram) for SWAP.

For example, suppose you have 2GB RAM and Windows installed on a 500GB HDD.
with gparted you can resize windows partition to -lets say- 300GB.
Now you have 200GB free for installing linux.

You can make 3 extended partitions on that free space:
46 GB for root partition ( / ) - ext2, ext3 or ext4 filesystem
4 GB for SWAP - swap filesystem
150 GB for your home partition ( /home ) - ext2, ext3 or ext4 filesystem

after reboot, when you launch installer, you can assign those partitions and continue with install.


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#5 2012-11-12 07:01:00

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

Hi dragonauta, I don't have any other OS on my ThinkPad, I've already tried to keep less partitions possible on my HDD on my previous Linux based systems, but Arch doesn't want to work properly... The scheme of partitions is:

/dev/sda1* - 10 GB - EXT4 - Type 82 - Mount point /
/dev/sda2 - 38 GB - EXT4 - Type 82 - Mount point /home

* = bootable

I'm doing it wrong or what? IMHO partitioning is quite good, but I can't realize why ArchBang freezes everytime I choose to install the system...

P.S.
I'm not using any swap partition, it's too slow to be really usable on my HW.

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#6 2012-11-12 07:32:37

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

Have you checked the iso download? Are you using the latest release?
On a small drive as yours I wouldn't use a separate home partition.


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#7 2012-11-12 07:47:42

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

Of course, I've checked the MD5 sum of the ISO, and I'm using the latest release... For the partition, I think that's not a big problem at all, I always can resize and/or remove partitions that I don't want anymore. Suggestions?

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#8 2012-11-12 09:18:51

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

Am assuming you are setting up mount points correctly, once your partitions are mounted then install should work fine.

You can check by looking at /mnt/install & /mnt/bypass also make a note of output of 'mount' during install


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#9 2012-11-12 17:00:12

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

What method did you use to get the iso on the usb install media; you should use dd; some native windows tools won't work.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/In … _USB_stick


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#10 2012-11-14 08:39:12

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

I've always used DD method to obtain a bootable USB media... I also tried to set up my partitions using cfdisk on Arch Linux live installer, but it doesn't work neither...

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#11 2012-11-14 08:56:07

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

What do you mean by stuck? Frozen/Hang during the partitioning step and you have to reboot or can you xkill the installation window in lxterminal and try install again? Any big jump in RAM usage during the step that causes the freeze? Not familiar at all with the ThinkPad. What did you have installed before trying ArchBang?


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#12 2012-11-14 18:29:37

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

FiltroMan wrote:

Hi dragonauta, I don't have any other OS on my ThinkPad, I've already tried to keep less partitions possible on my HDD on my previous Linux based systems, but Arch doesn't want to work properly... The scheme of partitions is:

/dev/sda1* - 10 GB - EXT4 - Type 82 - Mount point /
/dev/sda2 - 38 GB - EXT4 - Type 82 - Mount point /home

* = bootable

I'm doing it wrong or what? IMHO partitioning is quite good, but I can't realize why ArchBang freezes everytime I choose to install the system...

P.S.
I'm not using any swap partition, it's too slow to be really usable on my HW.

@filtroman

check your Types! for /dev/sda1 type should be 82 | for /dev/sda2 type should be 83...(per the ArchLinux Guide 2nd Edition) I also experienced this problem with latest iso, until I corrected the types I was succesful with my installation, If I am not mistaken by default you get 83 type with fcdisk.

Good Luck and Cheers....

Last edited by lrcaballero (2012-11-14 18:38:14)


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#13 2012-11-14 23:55:27

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

Might be worth posting output of

sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda

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#14 2012-11-15 04:52:57

FiltroMan
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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

ArchVortex wrote:

What do you mean by stuck? Frozen/Hang during the partitioning step and you have to reboot or can you xkill the installation window in lxterminal and try install again? Any big jump in RAM usage during the step that causes the freeze? Not familiar at all with the ThinkPad. What did you have installed before trying ArchBang?

I mean that the system freezes and the only way to obtain an output is to manually reboot by holding power button. Before ArchBang I tried a lot of distros: *buntu, Fedora, gNewSense, and other ones that I don't want to keep in the count because they were installed for just a week. I can't see if there's a big RAM usage because everything freezes...

Ircaballero wrote:

@filtroman

check your Types! for /dev/sda1 type should be 82 | for /dev/sda2 type should be 83...(per the ArchLinux Guide 2nd Edition) I also experienced this problem with latest iso, until I corrected the types I was succesful with my installation, If I am not mistaken by default you get 83 type with fcdisk.

Good Luck and Cheers....

Why my home partition should be type 83 (Linux swap / Solaris)? I'll try this way big_smile.

And Mr Green, the output of command you posted (obtained using an ArchLinux bootable USB media) is:

/dev/sda1 * - ID 82 - 1 GB - /
/dev/sda2 - ID 83 - 47 GB - /home

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#15 2012-11-15 07:53:22

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

Ok, now I`m able to run ArchBang Live USB, and go through installation process, but only in VESA mode. The installation anyway stucks (no system freezing) at 95%, saying /mnt/install/bypass/usr it`s about ten minutes that`s on there, but no signals of progress... Need some other infos to make me able to pass this problem?

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#16 2012-11-15 08:02:00

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

The progress bar will shoot to 95% then sits there, am working on this issue at the moment. Time to install system really depends on your systems speed.

Still unhappy at your partition scheme

Disk /dev/sda: 8589 MB, 8589934592 bytes, 16777216 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x3c453974

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *          63     8000369     4000153+  83  Linux
/dev/sda2         8000370    16777215     4388423   83  Linux

That is mine....


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#17 2012-11-15 18:23:23

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Re: ArchBang stucks at partitioning

I managed through the entire inatallation doing all remaining steps, but I can't see nothing right after GRUB loading message... Any ways to get into GRUB settings page? I tried hitting shift or esc but doesn't work...

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