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Old 07-02-2002, 11:17 AM   #1
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Installing RedHat 7.1

Hi all, first time poster here. I looked through the forums for the answer to this and found no answer that I recognized, so let me ask it fresh...

I have a single hard drive, 40 gig. It has two "partitions": the first approx. 30 gig partition that contains Windows ME, and approximately 10 gig of free space. I previously installed Mandrake 8.2 on the remaining 10 gig, which worked, but I recently bought a big Linux book that had a copy of Redhat 7.1 in the back, which I want to try out.

When I let the Redhat install do automatic partitioning, it says I don't have enough space, even though I suspect 10 gig is more than enough. When I do manual partitioning, it complains that my BIOS requires that the /boot directory has to be in the first 1024 cylinders, which I can't do since Windows has the first 30 gigs to itself. It shouldn't be necessary, either, since Mandrake ran just fine on the last 8 gig.

I know computers on a technical level, but Linux is new to me and this has me scratching my head. Any thoughts?
Old 07-03-2002, 03:45 PM   #2
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Just an update for anyone else who sees and wonders what the answer was. It looks like Redhat 7.1 uses a version of LILO that can't boot stuff past the 1024 cylinder. So it won't let you install if you have the /boot partition anywhere after the 1024th cylinder (about 8 gig, I think), even if you already have a version of LILO installed that is smart enough to handle that. Which I did, since I originally had Mandrake 8.2, which apparently has the right LILO. I understand that Redhat 7.2+ is able to boot past the 1024th.

Hope this helps future readers.
Old 07-04-2002, 02:50 PM   #3
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i think modern versions do not have that limit of 1024 cylinders......try adding/removing the
keywords lba32 or linear (try just one of them at a time) ......this can more thing is this
that dont forget to run /sbin/lilo after making anychange to lilo.conf to add that change.....


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