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comment Prepare a Linux partition in Windows
More precisely, any partition that is not marked as a boot volume will not be accessible from non-Windows OSes, even if it is contiguous and neither striped nor mirrored.
Jan
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comment Prepare a Linux partition in Windows
probably (depending on distro) you could also install Linux into a file which is stored on C: (=/dev/sda3) since it seems to me that this partition is still contiguous on disk and therefore can be accessed from Linux. Linux will not be able to access dynamic disk partitions that are striped or mirrored, or that are not contiguous on disk (e. g. they got enlarged), or change partitioning on such disks, though.
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comment Some icons can't be placed on the bottom row in certain spots?
Why does Superuser send my comment when I minimize my browser to test it...? Seems to be wrong, at least on Win7 the icon spacing adjusts automatically when I resize my screen (or taskbar), and there is no setting for it any more...
Sep
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comment Some icons can't be placed on the bottom row in certain spots?
I would guess that your desktop icon spacing is so that the row itself does not fully fit on the screen (perhaps by one or 2 pixels not). The auto-arrange will try to arrange icons away from there, but if everything else is filled, they may stay...
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comment Escaping asterisk * in Bash on Windows
and when you try -d '\"*\"' in bash, it does not work?
Apr
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comment Escaping asterisk * in Bash on Windows
Are you sure bash is the culprit and not curl? What curl are you using (native build or cygwin/msys one)? Some versions of libc for Windows will expand * (but not other globs) while parsing the command line (from GetCommandLine to argc/argv) -> can you test with cmd.exe (that passes the command line unchanged) if you can also see the "globbing"?
Mar
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comment Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1
Sorry, no more idea. When it also happens on another machine (and Windows has previously been installed on the drive fine, so no 4k logical sectors or similar), the only things I know that could prevents it boot are either incompatible CHS settings (but that would appear in setupact.log) or some broken firmware or too slow initialization for the BIOS to see the disk), and in that case I have no more idea... Tell me if you could solve it. (Probably another idea trying (on the desktop) would be to try to install some Linux like Ubuntu and see if it fails too and if the error message is better.
Mar
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comment Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1
It is "clean", sorry. Also, perhaps it helps if you post the X:\windows\panther\setupact.log (in case of Win7, no idea how it is called in later versions) after you got to that point of the installer.
Mar
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comment Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1
no, not delete the partition but erase the partition table altogether (I think the command after selecting the disk is "erase" or "clear"). So that when setup creates a partition again it will ask you if you want MBR/GPT or will choose automatically based on boot method.
Mar
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comment Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1
Also, some anti-theft options in your BIOS, if enabled, (CompuTrace in particular) can prevent you from booting after a reinstall of your operating system (as the BIOS tries to re-install the CompuTrace agent on the disk and may fail) - check if enabled and if yes try to disable (you may need some unlock code for that). Not sure if setup will detect that, though.
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comment Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1
Also, if not done yet, you may run the disk diagnostics program provided by the disk manufacturer (which probably is not Toshiba as as far as I know they don't make hard disks themselves) just to make sure there are no hidden issues on the hard disk.
Mar
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comment Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1
What mode (UEFI or BIOS/CSM) does the laptop boot from? What partitioning type (MBR or GPT) is used on the disk? Does it work if you erase the partition table (and therefore all data) with diskpart from within setup (Shift+F10 for a command prompt) and then re-partition it using the installer?
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comment Memory Swapping and OS freeze
Do you have any antivirus or other security software that hooks disk accesses? try to disable it. I never had an OS freeze (could still move the mouse and start up resource monitor) when swapping heavily in Windows 7. You can also try to lower the priority of your process with Process Explorer which should result in no slowdown of any other apps you are running, making debugging easier.
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