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Just make a partition big enough for linux. Then use the Mandrake installer to specify that partition for the install. And let mandrake make swap and other partitions if need be but I would use one partition / and swap. Installer will walk you through it. Good luck'
I had installed RHL 9 sometime back on a dual boot system, and was wondering if it was necessary to have linux as the first partition on the disk?
I mean, a friend told me that the linux partition MUST be on the first 8 MB of the disk for it to function properly. Is it true?
Any help would be appreciated.
Distribution: REDHAT 9.0 FREEBSD 4.10, WinBlowsXP for its prettyness ;)
I am almost positive that is not true that it has to be in the first 8 mb's the first 8 would be the Master Boot record if my old dusty brain is working at this late hour. I believe that your question is a little hard to understand. If you are duel booting always always always install windows first because it wont see the linux and the WINNT ldr will never be able to load it. SO if that the question make sure that your windows doesnt crash because it causes hell for your Linux.
Well, i left it unallocated, and installed mdk 10 official. Im on a laptop, and it disabled the touchpad clicking so i was using the awkward buttons. I accidnetly clicked through the partitioning, so i have no idea what it did. I almost had a heart attack. How do i check to see if it is ext2 or 3, and how big my swap is?
I have installed RH 9, and while manually making the partitions via Disk Druid, I put RH as ext3 on the first partition, swap space as 2nd, and the Win XP NTFS drive as the 3rd and so on. This works perfectly, with the GRUB loader showing me both my OS at startup, so I am not sure whether Win has to be on the first partition (Master Boot Record). Or maybe my Windows is the Mater Boot Record, but I don't know it :-P
Breider, there is a command - I can't remember it right now ( ) - which can tell you about your partitions and their sizes - so don't worry!
I've read: snip-
Important: With some exceptions (see below), the Linux boot partition must be in the first 1024 cylinders of the disk(approx the first 8 GB). This implies that the W2K partition cannot be any larger than about 7.5 GB, to allow /boot to be the next partition still within the 1024 cylinders. Linux will not boot correctly if /boot is past 1024 cylinders.