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Old 07-26-2003, 03:43 PM   #1
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i'm trying to install mandrake 9.1 on my machine, whose hard drive i have wiped clean. it's a 4 gig wd caviar, and i've partitioned it into two partitions, both formatted to fat32, one about 400 megs for swap later and the rest for the rest. Should i unformat/reformat these partitions before trying to install mandrake? The installer hangs every time it examins my hard drive, telling me "i can't find any room for installing"... i'm guessing this is due to the FAT partitions taking up all the room? or shouldn't the installer be able to repartition my hard drive with the proper partitions?
 
Old 07-26-2003, 03:45 PM   #2
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yes let the installer automatically partition the drive...
 
Old 07-26-2003, 03:46 PM   #3
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If memory serves, you should be able to delete these partitions from within the installer itself...then create them anew.

If not I suppose you will have to delete them manually.

FAT32 partitions are no good for installing linux on....
 
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so why would it freeze during the partition portion and tell me "i can't find any room for install" ???
 
Old 07-26-2003, 03:46 PM   #5
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Are you trying to keep windows on this computer or why are you formatting in FAT32? If you are trying to just get linux on the drive you should format everything in ext3 or reiserfs.
 
Old 07-26-2003, 03:51 PM   #6
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yeah i was lazy... i don't wanna keep windows... this is my tinkering machine... i just was lazy and formatted using my old windows boot disk. Probably should do it with a linux format like you said
 
Old 07-26-2003, 03:51 PM   #7
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don't worry about the error message, just wipe the drive and let the installer partition it automatically, and even if you leave wahtever is on there in tact, you can do what bullriver said, and select the installer to remove all partitions on the drive.
 
Old 07-26-2003, 03:53 PM   #8
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well but how do i do that? when i press ok after the error message... it won't let me go any farther. It just keeps refreshing the error message.
 
Old 07-26-2003, 03:54 PM   #9
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i mean i can wipe the drive, but is there a way to get around the error and do it from the install prog?
 
Old 07-26-2003, 03:56 PM   #10
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can you get to the point in the installation where it asks you about partitioning? if so there are options to remove linux partitions or to remove all partions...you will remove all and let it make the partitions automatically.
 
Old 07-26-2003, 03:58 PM   #11
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no it never gets that far... after i select my security option and junk, the next step begins by saying something like "examining eide configuration" or something. Shortly thereafter it should bring up the hdd info and let me do whatever with partitioning i guess, but it never gets there. It just gives me the error message and hangs up there.
 
Old 07-26-2003, 04:01 PM   #12
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i know what you originally said about the drive but lets start over in case you changed anything....what is on the drive and how is it setup before you start the mdk setup....is there any existing partitions as of now, and what partition type are they if any.
 
Old 07-26-2003, 04:03 PM   #13
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yes, the drive is 4 gigs... 400 megs of which is partitioned and formatted into a small FAT32 partition. the rest is partitioned and formatted as a FAT32 partition as well.
 
Old 07-26-2003, 04:06 PM   #14
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now we know that linux doesn't use fat32, but lets try this...get rid of the multiple partitions, and make the whole 4 gigs a fat32 partition instead of dividing it and then try the installer, and see if it gets to the partitioning part, and then let it remove them and make the ext2/ext3 partition.
 
Old 07-26-2003, 04:07 PM   #15
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ah i actually tried that initially... thought it might want me to pre-specify a swap part. so i changed it to that. So that's a no go
 
  


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