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Month: March 2018

Re: [trinity-users] my vanishing root partition

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@...>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:12:58 -0400
> model name      : Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual  CPU  E2200  @ 2.20GHz
> clflush size    : 64
> cache_alignment : 64
> address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual

That CPU is clearly 64-bit:

I don't know what could have gone wrong to make an installer think it wasn't
64-bit capable. I don't think there is such a thing as a socket LGA775
motherboard that doesn't support 64-bit CPUs. It may even be that there is no
such thing as a 32-bit CPU to fit a socket LGA775.

Could it be that the HD had a 32-bit OS installed and was trying to install in
upgrade mode? That might explain why the / filesystem was EXT2, and why you
wound up with / filesystems routinely losing space.

Maybe that model motherboard was released with a BIOS too old to properly
support the E2200 CPU, and needs a BIOS update. You can find the installed BIOS
version via BIOS setup, or from the POST screen, or use dmidecode.

Testing for 64-bit support shouldn't be hard or need "techie" help. Fetch and
burn a 64-bit network install .iso instead of a DVD, a small fraction of
download size and time, and see what happens in clean / install mode.

Verifying 64-bit support would be another use for the Knoppix DVD or CD I
previously mentioned that a Gparted CD wouldn't likely be designed to do.
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