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I have been reading about dual linux systems for about 2 days now, and I today I have started.
I have a 40gb Hard Drive, and I have a partition of 10GB that holds windows ME(primary). And an extended partition that is used to my programs.
1. I have made a partion out of the primary partion to hold Linux Redhat(3GB). I have Formatted it in windows.
2. I have ran the installation program, and Tried using the Automatic partitioning. I want to just use the 3GB to hold Linux. When I try to keep the existing partition is says, partion failed; could not allocate partitions as primary partitons.
and when I try to use manual partition using disk driud, it says you have not defined a root partition which is requied for installation of Red Hat.....
I havent got a clue what it is taking about ?!
What am I supposed to do to make a dual boot with WinME, and Red hat(in the 3GB partition)
Please help me, I have spent 5 hours trying to figure it out
Delete the 3GB partition you formatted in Windows. Linux has it's own file partition system called ext2. Automatic partitioning is looking at the Windows formatted partition and thinking that Windows is on it.
BTW, you can read and write the WinMe partition from Linux, so I'd try and give it a little more room than 3GB - but that choice is yours. Ext2 is usually far more disk efficient than FAT32 and certainly more reliable.
I dual boot Redhat 8 and WinMe, and it works very smoothly.
Also - this is really important - buy a good book on Linux because it pays off in the long run
Try deleting the 3gb partition and then under the automatic partitioning thing choosing to use unallocated space, which will make Linux partitions out of the 3gb that isn't made into a partition.
I would reccommend atleast 5gb space, and that's minimal, but again, it's you choice.
For a book I recommend the Red Hat Linux Bible if your running RH, it's very helpful, and I believe it's $35 off of amazon.com.
use fdisk - if you haven't already, create a Windows startup disk and boot from that. Run FDisk and delete the partition. Reboot to check that you are now 3GB (or whatever) down and then boot from the RH disks.
Do as Xavier says. If it doesn't give you the option to edit or customize portion to change the name of the OS, just edit, depending on which you install, lilo.conf or grub.conf. I would personally recommend using lilo. I have had problems dual booting with grub, but again, that's MY personal preference, even though grub is more powerful.
I am using Grub, and At the time of installation, I didnt think you could do anything about it.
is there any way of changing it now ?
And, by the way,
First impressions of linux, im using KEMD interface.
It is alot slower than Windows ME.
BTW, im having problems trying to update,
When i try to use up2date thingy it says
Service not enabled for server profile: "AMD"
Error Class Code: 31
Error Class Info:
This server does not have a valid entitlement for Red Hat Network.
Please login at https://rhn.redhat.com/, and from the "Your RHN"
section, select "Entitlements" to enable RHN service for this server.
An error has occurred while processing your request. If this problem
persists please submit a bug report to email@example.com.
If you choose to submit the bug report, please be sure to include
details of what you were trying to do when this error occurred and
details on how to reproduce this problem.
Ext3 is go Partiton Magick 8 can do EXT3 partitions. Linux can do its own patitions though. SuSE does good you can choose how you want them done or leave it alone it will do fine., only distro I use so I can't tell you how other distros do it.
Internet Explorer is for Windows, and of course thats crap.
How much memmory are you using? Memmory tends to help speed up Linux more than proccessor speed, I run a P3 550mhz with 256mb RAM and it's much faster than Windows.
You can rename Dos to Windows, if your using grub simply type this on a command prompt "pico /boot/grub/grub.conf" and it should says something like "title dos" rename that to something like "title Windows".
There are a few web browsers to choose from in Linux, and your probably using Mozilla. If you don't like Mozilla try starting another one, like Galeon.
You really need to get a good book, that would explain most everything.