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Old 09-04-2004, 10:09 AM   #1
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Question installing redhat linux 9.1 in dual boot mode(actually 98,xp,linux together)

hi i m a newbie here.
actually i have a problem in installing redhat liux 9.1.i have 1 primary partition containing root directory of windows 98. drive D contains windows xp .now i have go t drive E of apprx 6.91 GB.Is it enough for linux ? also i heard that i have to delete some partition and some kind of MBR and hda.what hda i have to click for e drive ?is it hda5?pleeeese explain all steps to install redhat 9.1.also what should i do with fdisk and normal problems faced with multi operating systems?????i m at my wit's end.
Old 09-16-2004, 11:21 AM   #2
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7GB is very little for three OSs (to my concern at least)

you may want to check this thread and slightly adapt it to suit your needs.

I can't tell you which device is for "drive E"

drive letters are arbitrary "adresses" given by windows to all supported partitions found (that is FAT, FAT32 and NTFS), you may even change them if you don't like it the way windows does it automatically.

what you want to know is what number the partition has on your hd, and eventually the disk label (make sure you set it to something usefull, like "WINXP", "WIN98" and so on, to prevent yourself from doing something stupid when playing around with the partition table.

when installing grub on the bootloader (check the linked thread above), you should be able to have one entry fro linux, one for win98, and one for winxp.

ps: install win98 first, then XP, then linux, and try to see which partition windows uses to boot so you can point your grub to the right place.

pps: you may have to myke a generic grub entry for "All Windows" and then you'll get the windows bootloader (ugly black and white) to chose between win98 and winXP


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