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Old 11-21-2001, 12:52 AM   #1
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Unhappy XP and Red Hat 7.2


Hi guys, it's me again, i'm still trying to install linux.

i have a 60GB hard drive. i installed windows XP on 50GB, leaving 10GB of free space for linux (good math eh?!). however, when i was installing linux, every time i try to make a third partition, for example, /boot, i get the msg "Cannot Allocate Required Partition".

the thing is that i need to make 3 partitions at least: /, /boot and swap. but no matter what order i try to make them in, i cant make the third one?! what the heck could the problem be??

Can anyone please help me?
 
Old 11-21-2001, 01:59 AM   #2
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What utility if any are you using to partition the 10 gig space? Depending on your distribution, you could probably get away with only a / and /swap if you're using a new enough version of LILO. What distribution is it you have? If you are setting them up incorrectly, that can cause problems obviously, such as not setting the /boot partition bootable, or not formatting them as ext2 or ext3 if newer. The logical order I think is /boot, /, /swap. It'll ne easier to know what's up with a little more info. Can you boot at all, questions above etc...
 
Old 11-21-2001, 02:03 AM   #3
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Re: XP and Red Hat 7.2

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Red Hat 7.2
D'oh, sorry, i'm tired, i see it's red hat 7.2. Easily capable of booting without a /boot partition. Try with the two, just a root and swap.
 
Old 11-21-2001, 12:36 PM   #4
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darn! it still doesnt seem to work. linux just doesnt want me to use it!

i made the two partitions: / and swap, and start installing. but it stops every time it goes to the formatting and installing part (where u see progress bars and time remaining etc.). the whole thing just stops and i have to reboot my computer using the switch (no, ctrl+alt+del dont work either)!
 
Old 11-21-2001, 01:57 PM   #5
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When I was installing RH, it also appeared to lock up, but it really didn't. It was verifying the disk, and appears to do so in a noninteractive loop. I just waited about 30 minutes and it continued installing (I only had a 1.2 GB harddrive too so for you it may take a bit longer). If you have the verify disk option enabled, you might want to try turning that off.

Last edited by DFrey; 11-21-2001 at 02:15 PM.
 
Old 11-21-2001, 03:34 PM   #6
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and where do i turn that off?
 
Old 11-21-2001, 04:09 PM   #7
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I can't remember exactly when the installer asked that (I was installing RH7.0). But it did ask me directly if I wanted it to verify the disk after formatting. I also chose to use Disk Druid, I don't know if that had anything to do with it.
 
Old 11-21-2001, 04:36 PM   #8
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thks a lot. i'll try again (hope it'll work...)
 
  


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