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Hello. I already have WinXP installed. I have my drive formatted in the order below: 39 mb - FAT installed by Dell, contains diagnostics 8 gig - NTFS Windows XP 50 mb - unformatted Linux boot (to get within 1024 sectors) 2 gig - NTFS WinXP Page File (swap partition) 4 gig - unformatted Linux 1 gig - unformatted Linux swap 30 gig - FAT32 Data1 (shared by XP & Linux) 12 gig - FAT32 Data2 (shared by XP & Linux) I'm installing Red Hat 7.3. I choose custom install. If I select "Have the installer automatically partition for you" ...

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    Default Problems with Dual boot XP/Linux-- installing boot, NTFS, FAT32

    Hello.

    I already have WinXP installed. I have my drive formatted
    in the order below:

    39 mb - FAT installed by Dell, contains diagnostics
    8 gig - NTFS Windows XP
    50 mb - unformatted Linux boot (to get within 1024
    sectors)
    2 gig - NTFS WinXP Page File (swap partition)
    4 gig - unformatted Linux
    1 gig - unformatted Linux swap
    30 gig - FAT32 Data1 (shared by XP & Linux)
    12 gig - FAT32 Data2 (shared by XP & Linux)

    I'm installing Red Hat 7.3. I choose custom install. If I select
    "Have the installer automatically partition for you"

    I get the error

    "Could not allocate requested partitions:
    Partitioning failed: Could not allocate partitions as primary
    partitions."

    If I select

    "Manually partition with Disk Druid" then select NEXT
    I get

    "You have not defined a root partition (/), which is required for
    installation of Red Hat Linux to continue.

    So I select the 50 mb partition, click Edit, if I select the option to
    format it as ext3, it lets me select / as a mount point, but warns
    me "Boot partition / may not meet booting constraints for your
    architecture. Creation of a boot disk is highly encouraged."
    I get the same error if I select /boot instead of /.

    I don't understand what I'm doing at this point and am afraid to
    proceed. If I kill the Dell installed diagnostics I won't be able to
    reinstall them (I think).

    I eventually want to have the machine start, grub comes up, and
    I can choose WinXP or Linux at that point.

    Thanks in advance for any help...everything I've found through Google
    has assumed I know more than I do and hasn't been much help.

    Jim


    Jim Guest

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    Default Re: Problems with Dual boot XP/Linux-- installing boot, NTFS, FAT32

    Jim Kroger wrote: 

    A 50 MB root partition isn't big enough if you try to install
    very much or if you are going to install any GUI. A 50 MB
    partition would be hard to fit even a text only system in unless
    you were only needing limited and specific functions out of it.

    One thing to consider before you install redhat 7.3.
    If the system was made after redhat 7.3 was released (1 1/2 years
    ago) it may not have support for the hardware in the system.

    If you decide to get a more recent distro you might want to look
    at Mandrake instead of redhat.

    It's been a while but if I remember right redhat takes around
    1.5 - 2 GB for a system with X (GUI). If you install everything
    included with the distro it will take something like 4 - 5 GB of
    disk space.

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    David Guest

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    Default Re: Problems with Dual boot XP/Linux-- installing boot, NTFS, FAT32

    On Sat, 08 Nov 2003 21:32:34 -0700, Jim Kroger wrote:
     
    Put root (/) on the 4 GB partition
    Put boot (/boot) on the 50 MB (optional - see below)

    The grub loader should not have trouble with 1024 cylinder limit with
    recent hardware/controllers. So, a separate boot partition is optional
    and maybe a complicating factor. You should create the boot floppy,
    which can be used if your system won't boot into Linux from the
    hard disk. Installing the loader with the initial installation is
    optional; /* if */ you create the boot floppy which allows you to start
    your system and make changes to the loader from the fully working system.

    BTW, I agree with David (as answered on this thread) about considering
    something besides RH 7.3. He recommended Mandrake. I would suggest that
    you also consider using Fedora, SuSe, or Slackware, depending on your
    level of experience.

    --
    Douglas Mayne
    Douglas Guest

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