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My problem is that I can't install linux properly. I can partition the harddrive, and the installation process begins, but at the end it says something like...that device 0x03xxx(something) exceeds 1024 cylinders. It says that I need a boot disk to be able to boot linux. I've tryed partitioning the hardrive with Disk Druid...given it small partitions. Even tryed fdisk to see to that the boot partition doesn't excedd 1024 cylinders. What am I doing wrong.
Can someone give me detailed description of how to partition my harddrive. I need a good example that should work. I have a 20 Gb harddrive but I only want to use 10 Gb for linux.
u did not write if u have linux on the second half of ur 20GB drive. see this is important.....
well from ur reply it seems that due to some reason the linux was not installed properly. if u dont have any data (which i guess should be the case.....) reinstall the os, and this time make partitions with fdisk. the option is asked during installation. remember to make a swap partition of approximately double ur RAM size. i.e if u have 128MB of RAM make a swap of 250 to 275 MB.
and do not forget to make a new boot disk. note down the drive notation that the installer detects.... /devhda(Primary Master) or /dev/hdb(Primary Slave). Sometimes it so happens that the hdd is installed in the secondary IDE Cable. so check it out.
before doing all this, try booting with ur existing boot disk. press ctrl+x at the lilo screen, and u will get a prompt like this boot:
pass the following parameter--
see if it works. if not reinstall linux again and make the partitions as mentioned above..... DO NOT FORGET TO MAKE A NEW BOOT DISK
hope this works
well iwent to the site of compaq.. it seems that ur bios will allow booting from beyond 1024 cylinders. so it is OK. try what i wrote above and tell me.
Last edited by subhasis_ray; 03-26-2002 at 11:45 PM.
yes u r right. the boot partition must be below 1024 cylinders.
but ur system seems to be post year 2000, and thus this is not that important. the bios should support booting from eyond 1024 cylinders......
what u do is repartiton ur drives as follows:
drive 1: entire win xp
drive 2: the first 12 GB to linux, and the rest to win XP or something else.
remember to make a boot disk for linux.
during installation, if ur WIN XP is the upgrade win 98 version, then install win98, then install linux and then upgrade win98 to winXP. in this manner u can preserve ur MBR.
after u install linux, boot the system with the linux bootable, and then edit /etc/lilo.conf as mentioned in the last post. DO NOT FORGET to add the line lba32 in /etc/lilo.conf......
then run lilo from the command prompt.
try booting the system.... lilo must work.
then upgrade win98 to winXP. this time the installer for winXP does not make any changes to the MBR.
try this and good luck again
Last edited by subhasis_ray; 03-28-2002 at 04:20 AM.
During the install choose manual partition using diskdruid, the first partition you make will make will be on your second drive, probably "hdb" and it will be a 50meg /boot partition
then your /
then your swap
/win use remaining space
so when you are done the diskdruid window for hdb should look like:
/win what is leftover, filesystem type fat32, used by both windows and linux
always make your /boot partition first.
I always install lilo on the MBR of first drive; hda, make sure you make a boot disk.
the harddrive designations might be different for your system:
hda = master primary ide controller
hdb = slave primary ide controller
hdc = master secondary ide controller ( usally cdrom )
hdd = slave secondary ide controller