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Re: Trials and tribulations with LVM

 On Thu, 27 Mar 2008 08:36:28 -0400 
Matthew Gillen <[hidden email]> wrote: 

> That sounds more like a BIOS level problem: you should be able tell the system 
> which drive to boot from.  But it's trying to be smart and figure it out on 
> it's own, then getting tripped up. 

I'ts an Intel Whitebox. Yes, that is probably the case. 

> There's a quicker way to clear the MBR: 
>   dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1 

I was unable to do that on the x86-64 system, even when I booted 
gparted. And yes, I did that from the ia64 box. But I also wanted a 
complete diagnostic on the drive. The badblock utility was able to give 
me the confidence. I mentioned that I also used dd. It is interesting 
that with that drive in the slot in the x86-64 system. I was able to 
boot gparted and Ubuntu (only once). 

In any case, the drive is back and working. 
This will be my last post since I am leaving for a trip in 10 minutes. 

Jerry Feldman <[hidden email]> 
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