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Thanks for your help Paul.
Unfortunately I couldn't open a terminal from the LiveCD. After further inspection I was able to determine that the CD only spins for five or so minutes after the computer boots, and after that point everything starts to freeze up and not work. I could open a terminal in the first five minutes usually, but l could never finish typing the commands before everything started freezing. I figured a USB couldn't do this, so I bought a 2 GB stick and used FUSBi to load gNewSense on it. As suspected, the USB made the OS act as normal. When I try to run sudo cat /dev/zero > /dev/sda1 though, I get "bash: /dev/sda1: Permission denied". I definitely put sudo there... Any ideas?
Sent from my iPhoneOn Dec 26, 2010, at 3:20 AM, Paul O'Malley <address@hidden> wrote:
sudo cat /dev/zero > /dev/sda1
let it run for a few seconds
this will kill the hard drive
next up partition the disk using
sudo fdisk /dev/sda
p to print it should show no valid paritions
create a large partition at the front of the disk
/ make it bootable ext3
and a 1 gig at the back end (for swap)
type sudo partprobe to have the device re read
then type sudo fdisk -l
partitions should show up
reboot (just so you know the partitions have taken
install as normal
(I've 15 years or more of doing this kind of thing and I had to do exactly this last Wednesday)
Thanks ahead of time for any help.
Sent from my iPhone
^^ seriously are you aware of the amount of apps on that device that might rat out your personal information to advertisers?
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