[clug] Re: linux Digest, Vol 45, Issue 40

Rodney Peters rpeters at pcug.org.au
Thu Sep 28 04:57:02 GMT 2006

I'm assuming that the problem has been solved since Sunday, but for the 

qtparted does handle extended partitions.  I don't recall the details because 
it's not a partitoner I use often.  May be one of those partitioners that 
create & extend the Extended partiton in the background as you create Logical 

some Linux partitioners screw up and attempt to use one cylinder {wots a 
cylinder :;-)}  beyond the actual number.  Your error message indicates that 
might be happening.  Solution is to use a lower level partioner such as 
fdisk, to delete & recreate the last partition.  Alternatively, don't attempt 
to use the last cylinder initially.

Changing the partition layout for an installed Linux generally requires 
editing the /etc/fstab as well as the grub menu. 


 On Sunday 24 September 2006 22:00, linux-request at lists.samba.org wrote:
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> G'day,
> I set up a friend's computer to dual boot (win XP and kubuntu 6.06
> i386) and everything went all peachy untill...
> what we planned to do was have a ntfs windows partition a linux ext3
> partition and a shared FAT32 documents partition (since ntfs under
> linux still isn't quite up to scratch). It is a Dell laptop and dell
> has a tiny FAT16 partition that it has some random files in (i don't
> quite know what they do so i didn't want to touch them) and then linux
> needs a linux-swap so that is 5 partitions all up. When i was setting
> it up i hadn't used qtparted before and couldn't quite work out how to
> create extended partitions so we had the dell partition, the windows
> partition, the linux partition and the linux-swap partition and a
> whole heap of free space (and we thought we would work out how to
> create an extended FAT32 partition later).
> So just now i deleated the linux-swap partition (assuming since it was
> just swap it wouldn't matter) and turned that into an extended
> partition with linux-swap as the first logical partition on it and
> then the rest being the FAT32 logical partition.
> Windows can now read/write the FAT32 partition just fine (as
> expected), but poor old linux; well it can't boot anymore (as probably
> should have been expected but wasn't). It gets to the "mounting root
> filesystem" part of the boot process then just hangs. In the "recovery
> mode" it gives the following when trying to boot:
> <blah blah blah />
> Begin: Running  /scripts/local-premount...
> [17179573.152000] Attempting manual resume
> [17179573.152000] attempt to access beyond end of device
> [17179573.152000] sda4: rw=16, want=8, limit=2
> [17179573.152000] Kernel panic - not syncing: I/O error reading memory
> image [17179573.152000]
> note: sda4 is the name of what used to be linux-swap and got turned
> into an extended partition
> so... Any ideas? why does it need the stuff in swap? as i understood
> it swap was basically just virtual RAM. How can i tell it where the
> new swap is? do i have any options other than a fresh install?
> paz,
> -rjs.

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