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Old 03-29-2008, 09:48 PM   #1
Fred Caro
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lvm mistakes/manual partioniong mistakes- not using fdisk!

Recent problem. I am having difficulties in installing 3 linux 'distros'on one disk-80G. Wiped everything to start again but still get problems when, after loading one ok and then want to load the next and preserve the first. This is when trying to get Mandriva 8, Suse 10.3 and Debian 4 on one drive (I can put the panel back on the computer then) each has its advantages. Can this be done without learning the details of the shell command line? I know you are allowed only 4 logical drives but extended drives seems to give you only the limits of that partition. hoow do you do partioning easily on on the 'distro' dvd you are givern? Have tried Gparted, does that work when you have KDE installed?
What I'm left with on Debian system icon read out is a mysteriuos mix of what I dare n't apply:


Ups not icons but I'm sure you will understand.

Old 03-29-2008, 10:12 PM   #2
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I am having difficulties in installing 3 linux 'distros'on one disk-80G.
Can this be done without learning the details of the shell command line?
Download and use Gparted, just put it in the drive after you've set the bios to boot from the optical drive before hard drive and a mini Linux operating system similar to a Live CD boots up and let's you partition the drive with four primary partitions if you want, one for each distro and one for swap or home, all from a GUI interface, you can even go with less primaries and add an extended with many logical partitions to increase the amount of partitions to 63.
I always create my partitions prior to installing a Linux OS and direct it (them) to install in the pre-made partitions, avoiding changing things after the fact to accommodate another installation.
Old 03-30-2008, 01:56 AM   #3
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partition trouble

Thanks that makes perfect sense- too keen to get the thing on the drive. Did a similar thing on a usb but stil can't get it to boot (apart from once) though. Thanks.

Old 03-30-2008, 02:05 AM   #4
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You can only have 4 PRIMARY partitions, but you can have as many logical partitions as you want


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