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I am having a problem installing Linux due to a previous botched attempt to remove another Linux partition on my hard drive. A couple of years ago I partitioned my drive with FIPS to install Linux. I partitioned my 15 gig drive into a 8 gig Windows partition and a 5 gig Linux partition. Everything worked fine. However, when I tried to take Linux off, I really messed it up. I do not remember exactly what I did, but my computer wouldn't boot until I restored some older settings with an emergency disk. I thought I had finally done it, since when I checked my partition size it gave the full 15 gig amount. But Windows still only recognizes my hard drive as being 8 gigs. I tried reformatting my hard drive and that only recognized the 8 gigs too.
Well, now I am trying to put another Linux distribution on my computer like I had it before. When I go to use FIPS to partition the drive I get an error though. At the bottom of this post I have pasted in the FIPS debug file. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
FIPS debug file:
FIPS debug file
The command was: A:\FIPS.EXE -d
Transcript of session:
FIPS version 2.0, Copyright (C) 1993/94 Arno Schaefer
FAT32 Support Copyright (C) 1997 Gordon Chaffee
DO NOT use FIPS in a multitasking environment like Windows, OS/2, Desqview,
Novell Task manager or the Linux DOS emulator: boot from a DOS boot disk first.
If you use OS/2 or a disk compressor, read the relevant sections in FIPS.DOC.
FIPS comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, see file COPYING for details
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; again see file COPYING for details.
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Registers after call to int 13h 08h (drive 80h):
00 sc/cl hd
al ah bl bh cl ch dl dh si di cflgs flags
00 00 3C 4B FF FE 01 EF - 04 02 02 00 00 00 02 72
Geometry reported by BIOS:
1023 cylinders, 240 heads, 63 sectors
Registers after call to int 13h 00h (drive 80h):
al ah bl bh cl ch dl dh si di cflgs flags
00 00 3C 4B FF FE 80 EF - 04 02 02 00 00 00 12 72
FIPS has detected that the 'physical' start or end sector (head/cylinder/
sector) do not match with the 'logical' start/end sector. This is not
an error since the 'physical' values are redundant and not used anyway.
There are many configurations where the values differ. This message is
meant only to inform you that FIPS has adapted the 'physical' values
according to the current drive geometry. So don't be alarmed by an unex-
pected cylinder range.
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Partition table adapted to the current drive geometry:
Bytes per sector: 512
Sectors per cluster: 16
Reserved sectors: 32
Number of FATs: 2
Number of rootdirectory entries: 0
Number of sectors (short): 0
Media descriptor byte: F8h
Sectors per FAT: 14309
Sectors per track: 63
Drive heads: 240
Hidden sectors: 63
Number of sectors (long): 18143937
Physical drive number: 80h
Calculated Partition Characteristica:
Start of FAT 1: 32
Start of FAT 2: 14341
Start of Rootdirectory: 28650
Start of Data: 28650
Number of Clusters: 1132203
Checking boot sector ...
Error: Number of sectors (long) does not match partition info:
18143937 instead of 29332737
The number of sectors in the partition table must match the number of
sectors in the boot sector
First of all, MAKE BACKUPS OF ANYTHING YOU DON'T WANT TO LOSE.
Now that's said, if you're happy to completely blank your harddisk and start again, it makes life easier.
Very few distros these days need you to create a partition and format it prior to installing the distro. Most newbie-friendly distros (Mandrake, RedHat, and SuSE?) will boot from the CD and have nice GUI-like partitioning tools. I would advise these distros if you want an easy introduction to Linux. Other distros may need you to make a boot-floppy in order to install, but again, they generally either have partitioning tools themselves, or can take your unpartitioned (read: blank) harddisk space and format it for you.
If, however, you absolutely need to do the partitioning prior to installing, then may I suggest you use fdisk and create 1xWindows partition and leave the rest of the space as blank. If you can get hold of cfdisk, this is even better (it works like fdisk, but looks nicer and therefore is easier to use for newbs).
Just as an aside, what distro did you use last time? And what distro are you considering this time?
I will try fdisk (or cfdisk) if it comes down to that, but not unless there is absolutely nothing else I can do. I am trying to install Mandrake-Linux 8.2 using their install-from-hard-drive option since I don't have a CD burner. If I used fdisk and wiped everything out, I would have to download it all over again, and I have a slow connection.
You shouldn't need to do either for Mandy! Copy the relavent ISO files to C:\ (if you've got space), make the boot-floppy and select where the ISOs are. It should be plain sailing from then. Mandrake uses its own DiskDrake utility to partition your harddisk. I would [b]seriously[/i] recommend that you take a good backup first, however. I have heard some scare stories of Mandrake's DiskDrake cocking things up badly when you opt to 'resize' your Windows partition. Oh, and make sure you have thoroughly defragged first.
I tried installing, but I'm having some trouble when I comes to partitioning time. It tells me I have one big FAT32 partition, and that I ought to click on it then click resize. The problem is there is no resize button. If I try AutoAllocate, it tells me there isn't enought free space. What can I do now?