I got up this morning and had this wild idea to install an unused Corsair Force 60 GB SSD as my / and /home drive in my main computer.I downloaded the latest nightly build of Arch NetInstaller ISO, burned it to disk.I removed the case from it's shoehorn home under my desk, took it outside and blew it out.Then I mounted the SSD in it's adapter and plugged it up as SATA1. All other drives unplugged for now.Ran Parted Magic, used the terminal to run fdisk.
fdisk -H 32 -S 32 /dev/sda
That should align the cylinders, heads, and sectors to be optimal for SSD.
fdisk -lu /dev/sda
To check it out and got 255 heads and 63 sectors which means the first operation failed. No biggie, maybe I forgot to write my changes to disk. I'll just do it again.The second time I ran the command to reset heads and sectors I made sure that I wrote the changes to disk. Still no good. I've seen fdisk fail this operation before, so I opened cfdisk and changed the geometry from there and wrote the changes to disk. Re-ran fdisk -lu and all was as it should be.Then used mkfs to create a primary partition 1 of 12 GB for root and a primary partition 2 of the balance for /home.So far so good.Put the Arch NetInstall disk in the drive and rebooted.Started the installer and got thru Select Source, Set Clock, Prepare Hard Drive.When I went to Select Packages it ran a long time then failed. What?Tried again, same result.Spent about 10 minutes trying to figure it out.My internet connection was down.Pinged my router, couldn't ping the web.Reset Cable modem and tried again, no go.Called Brighthouse Tech Support, sometimes the only way to fix the cable modem is for them to reset it from their end.Found out there was an outage in my area, a construction crew cut the line, it was being fixed.Well, couldn't proceed with install, so I shut it down and rebooted into Parted Magic to move a few partitions around on my old #1 HDD to make a new /tmp and /var on a spinning disk because there are a lot of writes in those and they are best not on your SSD.I am currently writing this on my Motorola Atrix Lapdock over WiFi, internet access was restored after only 1 1/2 hours, because the partition move will take about 5 hours.Maybe I'll get to re-start the install late tonight.I should have stayed in bed!
Tweak it 'til it breaks, then learn how to fix it.
L.I.F.E. (Linux Is For Everyone)
Registered Linux User # 474004 (06/16/2008)
Recycled Electronics and Gnu/Linux Used for Education
Reglue, in a nutshell, gives free Linux computers to under privileged children and their families.