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Old 08-16-2009, 10:42 AM   #1
Soumitras
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Problems in installing fedora11 in a windows partition


Dear friend,
I am new to fedora and also much keen to use the fedora11 distro.I have thoroughly read much partioning setup help for fedora11 from various websites.
I have also partiioned one of Windows 31Gb partition into 30gb Linuxext3 and 1gb Linuxswap with PartitionMagic8.0.But on booting from fedora live dvd encountered the following problems:
1)It didn't take the Create Custom Layout partitioning scheme
and on selecting the corresponding drive displayed the following error message
THE PARTITIONING SCHEME YOU SELECTED CAUSED THE FOLLOWING CRITICAL ERRORS.
YOU HAVE NOT DEFINED A ROOT PARTITION(/),WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR INSTALLATION OF FEDORA TO CONTINUE.YOU HAVE NOT CREATED A BOOT PARTITION.
MOREOVER THINGS ARE WORKING NICE WITH Replace Existing Linux Partitioning scheme. But on normal boot from hard drive IN THE BOOT LOADER OPTION LIST ,the FEDORA OPTION IS NOT BEING DISPLAYED HENCE I AM DIRECTLY ENTERING INTO XP.
Please mail me your valuable guide as soon as possible .
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:50 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!!

It is hard to follow what you are saying here.....

Did you eventually complete the installation successfully? If so, it sounds like you did not install the bootloader.

When it boots up, do you see the Windows bootup screens, or is it some new ones? Specifically, what is the screen where "the Fedora option is not being displayed."?

Also, please boot up from the Live DVD, open a terminal, and run "fdisk -l". (You might have to first use "su" to become root----and that's an "ell" and not a "one") Please post the results here.
 
Old 08-16-2009, 10:52 AM   #3
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wait did u get the installation part rite???
i mean u need to have 3 partitions for fedora 11
one for / which will be home drive
and one for /boot for booting and along with these two one swap ... without these 3 patitions you cant install fedora 11 .. atleast the gnome fedora 11 didnt allow me to !!
once if the installation goes smoothly the grub will be automatically loaded and will display the all the boot options !
 
Old 08-16-2009, 11:10 AM   #4
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I do not believe that you have to have a separate /home partition for Fedora----or anything else. A separate partition for /boot seems to be the default in all RedHat products, but I don't think that's necessary either.
 
Old 08-16-2009, 11:21 AM   #5
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i dont know .. but then during my installation of fedora 11 gnome it didnt allow me to proceed with just a '/' partition it asked me to create a partition for '/boot' .. and an ext3 partition at that !!
 
Old 08-16-2009, 02:54 PM   #6
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Dear friend,
In response to your reply I would like to share the following significant queries with you,

1) Please clearly specify exactly How many Partitions I need To create To INSTALL FEDORA11 IN MY 31GB WINDOWS PARTITION.
WHAT WILL BE THE FORMAT OR PURPOSE OF THOSE PARTITIONS ??
DO I NEED TO CREATE ANY SUBPARTITION WITHIN THOSE PARTITION??

DO I NEED TO CREATE ANY PARTITION NAMED /root.
Also Please Suggest the partitioning scheme That would be most appropiate and you could also tell the Hard Disk Space that would be preferrable to associate with these Partitions.

Please mention of any special installation step to be paid heed to for Proper Installation.
Please Clarify all these.

2)And Yes I did Install fedora11 with all packages and AS mentioned earlier
encountered the following problems,

though I chose FEDORA option in the Boot loader Option List during installation(among Fedora and others),
after Installation during Normal System boot The Windows boot screen came UP and I directly Entered Into Windows XP System.

The FEDORA OPTION DIDN'T COME AT ALL..

Please mail me your valuable guide as soon as possible .
Thank You
 
Old 08-16-2009, 03:34 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Soumitras View Post
Dear friend,
In response to your reply I would like to share the following significant queries with you,

1) Please clearly specify exactly How many Partitions I need To create To INSTALL FEDORA11 IN MY 31GB WINDOWS PARTITION.
WHAT WILL BE THE FORMAT OR PURPOSE OF THOSE PARTITIONS ??
DO I NEED TO CREATE ANY SUBPARTITION WITHIN THOSE PARTITION??

DO I NEED TO CREATE ANY PARTITION NAMED /root.
Also Please Suggest the partitioning scheme That would be most appropiate and you could also tell the Hard Disk Space that would be preferrable to associate with these Partitions.

Please mention of any special installation step to be paid heed to for Proper Installation.
Please Clarify all these.
You can't install Linux in a Windows partition. Well, that's not strictly true. If you want to run Linux inside Windows, you'll have to use a virtual machine, like VirtualBox (there are others, too).

If you just want to dual boot Linux and Windows (i.e. have them both installed on your hard disk), then you need to have at least one partition for Linux, to hold the filesystem. This should be your root partition, mounted on "/". You don't need to create a specific partition for "/root", no. You may also like to have a swap partition, which is for virtual memory. Some people suggest making the swap partition twice the amount of RAM you have, but perhaps an upper limit is 1 GB. My swap partition rarely gets used, as I have 1 GB of RAM in my machine. As for the root partition ("/"), as big as you want, I suppose. Have you tried reading the Fedora installation documentation? Are your questions not answered there?

Edit: also, please don't type in captials. Doing so makes it look like you're shouting.

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