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Old 12-12-2004, 07:01 AM   #1
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Question trouble in installing fedora 2

iam switching to fedora 2 from red hat 9(rhl 9).
rhl 9 was installed in 3rd partition with win2000 in c: or primary drive.
so i deleted partitions of rhl 9 and its swap area from windows2000.but when i reboot to install fedora 2, i can proceed upto language and if i select next, i get a message that
"could not allign partitions properly.this may be due to an hardware fault.
this may cause trouble in booting,but it is recommended to ignore this"
options are : IGNORE and CANCEL.

if i ignore,i can proceed further and when i allocate memory with "/" as mount point,and select FORCE TO BE PRIMARY PARTITION option and select OK,i get a message that "COULD NOT ALLOCATE PARTITION . COULD NOT SET THIS PARTITION AS PRIMARY" and i have no option other than proceed further and if i don't select FORCE TO BE PRIMARY PARTITION optrion ,the partition is created and i can't see the graphical image of GRUB showing options for windows and LINUX after installing and rebooting...instead i see GRUB loaded with minimum command line text display.

please help me the right way to deal with this problem

Last edited by nagu_linux; 12-12-2004 at 07:03 AM.
Old 12-13-2004, 11:41 AM   #2
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this may indicate a partition problem on your harddrive, i would boot back into windows (if you can) and scan your disk, because if you keep playing with your harddrive, you may screw up your partitions

also at the end of your linux install, you can make a boot disk, try that also

if you cant get to windows, id look into doing a rescue install of it
Old 12-13-2004, 04:16 PM   #3
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Hi there,

I came across a simular problem when installing Fedora Core 2. It has something to do with how Fedora (well actually the kernel) reads the partition values from the hard disk.

I got it to work by manually telling the installer to use the disk values I assign.

There is no guarentee this will work so do use this at your own risk. However, if you no longer have a bootable system it's worth a shot.

1) Download and install a linux boot disk from
(i'm not sure how to get the boot disk working but I'm sure it's straitforward).

2) Load Linux from the boot disk

3) Type fdisk -l /dev/hda
(If nothing is shown type fdisk -l and at the top it should say something like "Disk /dev/hdc". Try step 3 again but change /dev/hda to whatever it said.

4) Make a note of the heads, sectors/track and cylinders at the top of the output.
It should say something like 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders.

5) Now reboot your computer and replace the CD with the Fedora Core 2 disk to load the installer.

6) When you see the boot: prompt enter: linux hda=14593,255,63 (replace the numbers with those you wrote down).
Cylinders goes first, then heads and then sectors/track.

The installer should now continue as normal and use the correct information. There should be no error during the install now.

This worked for me!

Hope this helps,


Last edited by mikegorb; 12-13-2004 at 04:18 PM.
Old 12-13-2004, 05:42 PM   #4
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thanx mike, thats one thing they didnt teach us in the RHCT training

Old 12-14-2004, 12:05 AM   #5
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Thumbs up thank u

i thank both of u for ur suggestion and i shall try further and if i am not able to solve it,i need help furthur.

thank u mikegorb,i hav downloaded booting data required and thank u adamwenner and i hav signed in ur guest book.

thank u,


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