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Hi all, first time poster here. I looked through the forums for the answer to this and found no answer that I recognized, so let me ask it fresh...
I have a single hard drive, 40 gig. It has two "partitions": the first approx. 30 gig partition that contains Windows ME, and approximately 10 gig of free space. I previously installed Mandrake 8.2 on the remaining 10 gig, which worked, but I recently bought a big Linux book that had a copy of Redhat 7.1 in the back, which I want to try out.
When I let the Redhat install do automatic partitioning, it says I don't have enough space, even though I suspect 10 gig is more than enough. When I do manual partitioning, it complains that my BIOS requires that the /boot directory has to be in the first 1024 cylinders, which I can't do since Windows has the first 30 gigs to itself. It shouldn't be necessary, either, since Mandrake ran just fine on the last 8 gig.
I know computers on a technical level, but Linux is new to me and this has me scratching my head. Any thoughts?
Just an update for anyone else who sees and wonders what the answer was. It looks like Redhat 7.1 uses a version of LILO that can't boot stuff past the 1024 cylinder. So it won't let you install if you have the /boot partition anywhere after the 1024th cylinder (about 8 gig, I think), even if you already have a version of LILO installed that is smart enough to handle that. Which I did, since I originally had Mandrake 8.2, which apparently has the right LILO. I understand that Redhat 7.2+ is able to boot past the 1024th.
i think modern versions do not have that limit of 1024 cylinders......try adding/removing the
keywords lba32 or linear (try just one of them at a time) ......this can help....one more thing is this
that dont forget to run /sbin/lilo after making anychange to lilo.conf to add that change.....