Thanks for replying, everyone!
This is the same hardware that the machine had when it was an XP machine. The only thing I've added is the Maxtor 100 GB drive in a USB external case that I mentioned is my 'boogie' drive - as in one
drive that I grab when I need to 'boogie on down the road' in the event of a hurricane. However, that's something that can be done later - I've got so much older hardware (I'm a packrat!) that it seems a shame not to use a perfectly good hard drive.
as: Yep, the bad blocks make sense. I figured that with all the fighting I've done with this machine (Windows died the evening of August 11th), there might have been some physical damage, so better to check. BTW, these are eIDE drives, not SATA.
old-polack #0.0: The recommended size for /boot was 188MB, and since I had the room, I figured I'd allow room for expansion. I had initially set the size at 1024MB, and it wasn't booting, so I figured it needed more room for some arcane reason (temp files or ram disk, maybe). I dunno, I'm a NooB, remember? <grin> Now, looking around the fora, I think it might have been my change of the first boot device from CD to floppy. By the way, after it successfully (Please, Allah, please!) boots from hard disk, do I need to reinsert the CD?
old-polack #1.0: My RAM is 1.5 GB (not much these days, I know, but this is an AMD Athalon 900 dating from around 2000 or so (at least that's what the BIOS is showing). As such, this is probably the most modern machine I've rebuilt out of my collection of spare parts (which includes an MFM drive and my firewall, a 486dx2-66 running Red Hat). As I've got to save up for my property taxes, any spare funds go toward paying off my credit cards and such (I did mention this was a wonderful economy, didn't I?), so I can't afford new hardware.
old-polack #1.1: Therefore, my reasoning to use a larger /swap partition. The combination of older processor, limited ram, and a larger /swap gave decent performance (at least in XP). I also have a habit of downloading things that look 'interesting', including large .iso files. I'm not much into the music and videos (I don't even have an iPod!) and my cell phone is just that - a phone. Call me an old-fashioned type of girl ... (That explains why I'm still using a zip drive and Kodachrome!)
What vi has as my copy of /etc/fstab:
# Entry for /dev/sda2 :
UUID=58621c56-ed71-4f5e-9383-90a1812695dd / ext4 defaults 1 1
D=58621c56-ed71-4f5e-9383-90a1812695dd / ext4 defaults 1 1
# Entry for /dev/sda1 :
UUID=c2566ece-a8ce-4276-868a-f15ea7e0a840 /boot ext4 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts defaults 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
What I don't see is the * that indicates a startable partition. This is the contents of /boot:
[guest@localhost boot]$ ls
So do y'all think this thing will finally work? I'm getting kinda tired of going to the public library to use their machines and get online. Anything else you'd need to see?
Thanks in advance!