DBAN Fails to Load

pricklypig

New Member
Hello everyone. I'm trying to use DBAN on a Compaq Presario 2200 runninig Windows 98! The machine is several years old. The program seems to boot and then hangs. I am trying to use the "interactive mode." Here is what I get on the screen:
boot:
Loading kernel.bzi . . . . . . . . . .
Loading initrd.gz . . . . . .
Ready.
Uncompressing Linux . . . Ok, booting the kernel. Please wait . . .
Then, nothing else happens.
:?:
 

dajhorn

Member
Start DBAN with the verbose label:
Code:
boot: verbose
This will print startup information to the console. Report any error messages here.

If the startup information is not printed, then you probably have a bad floppy disk.
 

pricklypig

New Member
I'll try it.

Thanks, dajhorn. I will try that and report back when I get to work tomorrow.
:)
 
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Anonymous

Guest
Same problem

Have you found any info on this?
 
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Anonymous

Guest
same problem

Having the exact same problem as pricklypig. Am working from a floppy disk (cannot get the cd to read in my machine). Have tried the verbose trick, still nothing. Any help would be appreciated...I would like to get this desktop off my desk top.
 
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Anonymous

Guest
DBAn Error

We were having a similar error - if you are using the latest version 1.0.4, you might try going back to the previous version 1.0.3. Worked for us.
 

word2urmom

New Member
having trouble

I seem to be having the same problem, the program is hanging after it boots.

I typed in verbose, and I didn't see any error messages. But, the last two lines said:

Partition check:
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: unknown partition table


I'm not sure what that means, but I'm guessing that could be the problem. And, in case anyone is wondering I was running XP and Fedora 4 on a Dell Inspiron 2650. Also, I did use the latest DBAN, version 1.06. Thanks for the help.
 

korinthe

New Member
I am having a similar problem with dban 1.0.6, both CD and floppy, on a Toshiba Satellite laptop. I ran verbose and got the following:

Partition check:
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: p1
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00

This was using dban/loadlin, not Eraser, and I will try Eraser as soon as I can find another floppy around the house somewhere!
 

dajhorn

Member
The partition table warning is spurious. Ignore it.

Try starting DBAN with "nofloppy" at the boot prompt instead.
 

word2urmom

New Member
no dice

I tried nofloppy but it still just sits there. Any suggestions?
 

dajhorn

Member
What is the model of the Toshiba laptop? It could be incompatible with DBAN.
 

word2urmom

New Member
I still haven't figured out a way to get DBAN to work on my Dell Inspiron 2650 hard drive. Is there a way to erase it setting it up as an external hard drive on another PC?
 

tristeve

New Member
korinthe said:
I am having a similar problem with dban 1.0.6, both CD and floppy, on a Toshiba Satellite laptop. I ran verbose and got the following:

Partition check:
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: p1
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00

This was using dban/loadlin, not Eraser, and I will try Eraser as soon as I can find another floppy around the house somewhere!
Same problem for me on a Toshiba Satellite:

Partition check:
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: p1
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00

Any other suggestions please?

Steve
 

tristeve

New Member
Laptop model: Toshiba Satellite 3000-S353 if it helps.

running dban 1.0.7 via floppy and CD

nofloppy just sits there.

verbose gives me:

Partition check:
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: p1
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00

Hopefully the laptop model number will help....

Thanks!

Steve
 

dentonlt

New Member
Buggy SCSI Hardware

For whatever reason, the Dell Inspiron 2650 doesn't like the Linux SCSI drivers (or perhaps the other way around). Live CD boots of Xubuntu and DamnSmallLinux require the boot option "noscsi" on this laptop, but that doesn't seem to be possible with DBAN.

Personally, I'll be looking for another option. I don't feel comfortable recompiling my own version of DBAN right now.
 
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