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Old 02-08-2003, 01:44 PM   #1
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Red Hat Install

I have a computer running Win 98 (primary partition). The HD is 40gig but my MOBO only supports it as a 20gig. I also have a primary partition setup for Red Hat formatted for "ext2". Plus a swap partition for Linux. I set these up using Partition Magic 8.0 and I have Boot Magic also installed.

I tried to install using the version that came with the O'reilly book "Learning Red Hat Linux" the problem I had was that the boot disk would work but I would get an error about the "HDD file system error", so I couldn't install to my HD.

Now I burned the first 3 disks (is this all the disks I need?) of the Red Hat version 8.0 to install off off. Now, the system wouldn't boot from the CD for the install even if I made it my first boot option in BIOS. It boots to Windows 98 using Boot Magic. It will boot using a floppy to install Red Hat.

The error I'm getting on both installs is "An error occured reading the partition table for the block device hda The error was: No such file or directory". How do I get past this?

Can someone please explain how to go about installing Red Hat without destroying Windows. Or should I format the whole HD and start by installing Red Hat?

I am very frustrated b/c of all this. Should I try a different distro or buy a boxed version of Red Hat?
Old 02-08-2003, 03:45 PM   #2
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If your format the whole HD install Windows first and then RH.
Try running Scandisk in Windows and see if it corrects whatever the error in your partition table is.


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