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Old 06-15-2005, 05:49 PM   #1
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Question Partition tables, multiboot and Linux

Hello everybody! I've got a HP Pavilion 6609 with a ATA Seagatehard disk of 40 GB , I always heard the order of installation in a multibot enviroment is first the windows then linux, well I divided my harddisk in 3 primary partitions: first FAT16 (1 GB),Second Windows98 SE ( FAT32,3 GB) and the third is Extended with 6 logicals: WIndows NT4 workstation(NTFS 1 GB), Windows NT4 Server (NTFS, 1 GB), WIndows 2000 server ( NTFS, 1 GB), WIndows XP Pro ( NTFS, 1 GB), Shared NTFS Partition ( 3 GB) and at the end of the disk a shared partition of FAT32 ( 6 GB) so i got more than 20 Gb free to put Linux distros, whenever i try to install REd Hat 9 or any Fedoras it appears a message saying:" The partition Table on device hda was unreadable. To create new partitions it must be initialized, causing the loss of ALL DATA on this drive. This operation will override any previous installation devices about which drives to ignore. Would you like to initialize this drive erasing ALL DATA?" well then it stop the installation process. I tried with Knopixx to see if it recognizes my hardware and it does in fact t recognizes the partitions and i can get into all the data of the partitions...But the Qparted doesn't read my harddisk again. ..Well i tried with Red Hat 6.2 and it reads my harddisk partitions in fact i could install it but with just text mode cause the lack of drivers for the graphical mode in Red Hat 6.2.
Does anyone have any idea how to work around or a tweak to install Linux in my hard disk? and why does it happen? is Anaconda who has a problem?, or maybe i should install first Linux then all the windows? Previously before wipping off my harddisk i installed Red Hat 8 succesfull at the end of my hard disk in a logical, just in case someone can say Linus has to be in a primary and so on which is not true, I think..( well my experience told me that) And the partitioning i did using Partition Magic 5 , just in case someone says the partitioning software of every windows mess up the hard disk which is true in somehow that is why i used a third party software. If someone is asking himself why i used just 3 primary partitions instead of 4? well cause using autopartition swap is installed as a primary although my primary idea was to install also a FREEBSD version but i know it has to be in the first 4 GB of the hard disk also some widonws like NT4 so i don't think i will be able to install that, but we will see for the moment i want Linux to be install if the penguin helps me ANy ideas,hints,tips are more than welcome. " one thinks to know more than others but it is always someone who knows more than you and who to learn from"
Old 06-15-2005, 06:22 PM   #2
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That is some post

easiest way is to use Mandrake... start the install and you have a graphical partitioner, partion then reboot and install redhat whatever.



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