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Old 01-07-2007, 01:13 AM   #1
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Have XP & Boot magic but still can't load

I have Xp already installed. I got a second hard drive so i wanted to install Red Hat 7.1 on it. I got partition magic and boot magic to make things easier but i still couldn't load. First of all, when i press enter to start installing 7.1, it just gives me a blank screen. I have tried doing text mode but only got to where it was transferring then it gave me an error message saying i may not have enough space.

I've tried installing 7.0 and it seemed like it would work but when i tried to boot to linux, it just gave me a message saying something like loading red hat then it just stays there.

I've been searching on how to properly install Red hat on a second hard drive but i can't seem to find anything solid.

PC Specs:

Pentium 4 chip 3 GHZ
1 GB Ram
80 GB primary hard drive, partitioned
12 GB secondary hard drive
NVidia GeForce FX graphics card

Hope i have provided enough info.
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Have you set the partitions up correctly, ie swap and main, usually ext3? Does the boot stage get passed init?
But i think if you get loading redhat then i think you have configured the boot loader fine, but why are you not using grub?

What you should do is set the bios up to boot from the drive you intend to install linux on, and install linux on it, it should install grub and it should allow you to chose between windows and redhat.
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Isn't Red Hat 7.1 very old? More like a dinosaur? Probably it does not know much about your hardware.
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If i were you i would use ubuntu for it's great learning enviroment that gives a good "just works" experience for beginners. Once you learn the ropes in ubuntu i suggest you have a feel of clean and quick.

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Old 01-07-2007, 07:42 PM   #5
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thomas-linuxing, your last post has nothing to do with the question. It's certainly fine to plug your favorite distro, but how does telling someone to install ubuntu then change to another in any way help them with their problem? Also, though it doesn't bother me, the very first rule found on clearly states, "Do not post any messages that are obscene".

Now that the housecleaning has been attended to, zo27, as Emerson wrote, red hat 7.1 was released in 2001. That makes it ancient by linux standards. Most of the hardware on your machine probably didn't even exist at the time it was made. After redhat 7.1, they advanced to redhat 9, then changed names to fedora core, and now fedora core 6 is out. So there have literally been 10 versions (counting 7.3, 7.2) since 7.1. I strongly suggest you try some new distro, and it should install the previously mentioned grub boot loader, which will allow you to load whatever linux you choose or windows.

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I can tell you are passionate about linuxquestions (as you are paying to use it) but seriously, dont be a hypocrite about breaking rules when you are "personally attacking" me. Yes I consider it to be personally attacking me when I provided a simple solution to Zo27s problems, yes it was simple instructions and I only gave a simple instruction so that it was not mind boggling as I remember when I was new to linux.

I simply said:

Use Ubuntu or my preference Xubuntu (for xfces fast and lightweight architecture), it would provide an excellent learning environment with the bonus of being a great distro that stays relatively up to date.

I then plugged my own distro because arch is great.
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I think you got the wrong of the stick by start from the boot loader (Boot Magic in your case) to install Red Hat.

Red Hat should be install directly from a bootable medium like a CD.

After Red Hat has been installed then you can use Boot Magic to boot it.

However Red Hat has Grub and Grub is capable of booting 145 systems. It is the easiest and the most powerful boot loaders of all time. I would forget the Boot Tragic. It isn't even in the premier league.

Under the standard installation Grub will dual boot Windows automatically.


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