How old is your motherboard? Have you got another OS/hard drive? Unless I'm mistaken, 'hdb' indicates a second hard drive....
If you are getting a message like 'exceeds 1024 limit', it may be that your BIOS is either old or not configured correctly. If that is the problem, then the drive specs reported to Linux by the BIOS would be wrong and may account for the failure to install the root partition.
Another possible reason is that the installation is trying to place a bootloader outside the first section of the boot disk - which may account for 'hdb'.
It may be a good idea to post your system specs.
Last edited by Dutch3; 04-23-2002 at 03:16 PM.