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Re: [trinity-users] my vanishing root partition

From: William Morder <doctor_contendo@...>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:42:56 -0700

On Tuesday 20 March 2018 00:12:58 Felix Miata wrote:
> > 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:
> https://ark.intel.com/products/33925/Intel-Pentium-Processor-E2200-1M-Cache
>-2_20-GHz-800-MHz-FSB
>
> 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.
>
Curiouser and curiouser. I feel like I have gone down the rabbit hole. 

> 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.

No, I previously had installed 64-bit Kubuntu (several versions) on that hard 
drive; and the other hard drives were all used with that system, and other 
systems, always 64-bit. This is the first time, in fact, that I have ever run 
32-bit, and didn't really want it. 
 
The hard drives were all used previously in my 64-bit Systemax no OS desktop 
computer. I did really want 64-bit, but I tried the memory sticks, and tried 
64-bit packages, all to no avail. Then my techie guy here told me, No, that I 
had 32-bit. 

> 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.

One thing at a time ...