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Old 04-29-2003, 11:10 AM   #1
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Unhappy Cannot install RH 7.3 on windows 2000 server machine!


I have a Windows 2000 Server machine with 2 FAT32 partitions and 3 GB of free space. I want to install Red Hat Linux 7.3 onto that free space. I tried installing from the CD, but the installer said that there is something wrong with the bootsector. It gave me an option to ignore this error and carry on. I chose to ignore this message. In the next screen, the installer said that it need to initialise the HDD for Linux to work properly. It warned that initialising the HDD will erase all the data. I chose the end the installation then since I did not want to lose all the data in the Windows partitions.

Can someone please help me install Linux on my machine.

Thanks in advance!!
 
Old 04-29-2003, 12:00 PM   #2
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Kindly specify, at what stage of the installation u get that msg
 
Old 04-30-2003, 03:27 AM   #3
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I get this message when i try to run disk druid. As soon as i choose disk druid the problem occurs.

Thanks for responding.
 
Old 04-30-2003, 07:42 AM   #4
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OK , why don't u try fdisk, its not difficult, even if u have done that. Also why not try some third party partitioning tools. Thought i don't quarantee , sometimes, it works .
 
Old 05-01-2003, 03:25 AM   #5
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The error message is something like this:

The bootsector on /tmp/hda is inconsistent. You can ignore this error, but it will cause some fixable errors with the bootloader. The use of LBA is recommended.

Now when I ignore this message, it gives another error saying that setup has found an error with the hard disk. To continue, the hard disk has to be initialised. Initialing the HDD will erase all data.

Is there any parameter I can pass or something to go ahead and install the bootloader or whatever into the bootsector and continue with the installation? I desperately need to get Linux up and running on this system without losing any of the data.

Please help.
 
Old 05-01-2003, 05:50 AM   #6
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Ok do u see something like

Force LBA32

also May u can try making partition from windows .

Don't format it there.

U can format it during Linux installation
with the appropriate fs
 
Old 05-01-2003, 08:21 AM   #7
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where do I tell it to Force LBA32?? OK, I will step you through the process of my installation.
1. I insert the CDROM and restart the computer.
2. The installation menu is presented and at the boot: prompt I type linux and press enter.
3. I asks for the language etc
4. It asks for the type of installation - Workstation, Server, Custom or Upgrade. I choose Custom setup and press enter
5. It asks whether I want to Auto partition, use Disk Druid or use fdisk. I choose to use Disk Druid
6. An error message appears saying that /tmp/hda is inconsistent and that ignoring the error will cause fixable errors with the bootloader and that data on the FAT partitions will be damaged. I bravely say ignore in the hope that it will somehow succeed in settiing up the bootloader
7. Another error appears saying that the HDD need to be initialised for the installation to continue. It also says that initialising the HDD will erase all the data on the disk. There are two options - initialise and exit
8. Since I do not want to lose data on the windows partition, I choose to exit and then the CD is ejected and the system reboots without installing Linux.

Now I hope you have a fair idea of what I am faced with. Thanks for helping me out so far....
 
Old 05-01-2003, 11:14 AM   #8
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I am not sure about RHL 8 , but i use to see

Force LBA 32 during the Boatloader installation



How about fdisk , see if u get the same error msg

BWT i suggest u report it to the moderator ( i dunno what the rules say ) . May he will be able to help out.
 
  


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