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Old 10-13-2003, 03:33 PM   #1
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Exclamation WARNING: Boot partition may not meet booting constrains for your architecture....

While Installing RH9 I've got this message :

Warning: Boot partition /boot may not meet booting constraints for your architecture. Creation of a boot disk is higly encouraged.
The warning showed up during the Partitioning step.

Of course I'll create the boot disk, but to tell you the true, I want to get rid of Floopy drives, I feel like throwing them in the trashcan. Don't you?

I'll explain my HD setup using Quote

C: WinXP // NTFS // 4,5 Gigs (primary partition)
D: Partiton for win Data // NTFS // 4,5 Gigs (extended Partition)

HD2 40 GB (There isn't a primary partition in this drive)
E: Partition for win Data // NTFS // 30 Gigs
F: Partition to brake using linux // NTFS // 150 Megs.
G: Parition to Share Between Linux-windows // FAT32 // 1Gig
/Boot/ // ext3 // 32 MB
/swap/ // swap// 512 MB
/ // ext3 // 8 Gigs
I have a Short Question at first:
How many MB do you think are more than enough for the Linux Boot Partition?
I have an old Linux book and that one is recommending 16 megs for the boot partition, that book was release for Red Hat 6. I'm installing RedHat 9 by this time.
Do you think I should leave 16 megs for the boot partition?

As you might see, I have 2 HD and 2 systems. As the warning said, I might ending up having problems about booting.

Let's suppose I only have the second HD wich doesn't have a Primary Partition. Can I boot linux anyways without having a primary partition?

Would you make the dual boot using Windows or Linux? Which one do you think is the best or the easy way?

I'm installing redhat 9 in another machine, so I'll keep in contact while installing.

Whatever you want to suggest, I'll be more than glad to read!!

Thanks all of you.
Old 10-13-2003, 03:37 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

Don't worry about that error it does not affect most modern hardware.

Considering your hdd size I would give /boot about 100MB this will give you plenty space for new kernels etc - as a rule I wouldn't go lower than 50MB unless you are really pushed for space.

As for dual booting I would use hte grub bootloader that comes with RedHat to handle the booting - it should pickup and exsiting windows install automatically and isn't hard to configure if it doesn't.
Old 10-14-2003, 07:32 PM   #3
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As I thought I have some troubles.

grub can't load Linux. I did the boot disket and can't load neither.

I tried to install linux again using the CD, and I found out that the swap partition wasn't formated.

How can I check that on my own?

I tell grub to override the hd1 MBR (wich is an scsi drive). But it seems grup can't find the second drive (wich is IDE) or maybe the swapt partition wasn't formatted.

How can I check that?

Old 10-14-2003, 07:36 PM   #4
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IGNORE that warning it looking @ the NTFS partion, it will work fine
Old 10-14-2003, 08:40 PM   #5
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Woking Great!!

Grub wasn't booting because I didn't detect the hd2 inside the motherboard setup. Windows XP was working fine without doing that, but it seems that Grub couldn't recognize the second drive (where RH9 was installed) if it wasn't previously detected by the motherboard setup.

That's all I did and It is working great.

Redhat 9 is beautifull, all the new icons and GUI looks great and really friendly.

I hope I can do something Interesting with it.

cya and Thanks.


PS: A friend of mine told me that Warning message always pop-up
Old 10-14-2003, 08:46 PM   #6
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glad you got working
Old 10-14-2003, 09:05 PM   #7
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Re: Woking Great!!

Originally posted by 3DLirio
A friend of mine told me that Warning message always pop-up
I think that's just a legacy warning indicating that your /boot partition is above the 1024th cylinder of the drive. That was a problem for (much) older BIOSes and the lilo bootloader, but it's not an issue with newer machines and newer versions of lilo.


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