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Old 05-13-2001, 10:43 PM   #1
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In my installation guide it tells me to make a swap parition of 128 megs, which I do successfully. Then it tells me because my hd has more than 1024 cylinders I must make a parition with a mount point of /boot. I try to do this and it says that this action failed and it said it failed because "hda > 1024" or something to that effect.
Then I tried to make a parition at /root without the boot parition and when I do that it aborts the setup. What am I doing wrong? I am following the instructions to the letter and having no luck. Please help
Old 05-14-2001, 03:37 AM   #2
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Preferably your /boot partition should be your first.
This one doesn't have to be bigger than say 20MB or so.
Old 05-14-2001, 05:16 AM   #3
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Which distro are you using?

If you're using Mandrake, then use the DiskDrake program to resize/manage your partitions. Be warned: I'm not sure how Linux responds when you try to resize/move the partition that it's currently using!

If you use RH, you should be able to do this with DiskDruid, but I'm not sure as I don't!

If you use any others, I haven't a clue - I've only ever used Mandrake, Red Hat, Turbo (which I couln't get to work, at all ) and SuSe Live! Eval (which doesn't require partitioning).

If you're a complete newbie, then you might like to try SuSe Eval or Mandrake's Lin4Win. These allow you to have the full functionality of Linux, but without the partitioning. It does come at a price: They're so much slower than proper installs.

If you're running Mandrake
  • Boot from the install CD and remove all Linux based partitions.
  • Make them Windows partitions.
  • Exit the install.
  • Reboot into Windows (you may need to use a Windows boot floppy, and type fdisk /mbr first).
  • Format the 'new drive(s)' that Windows can see (probably D).
  • Insert the Mandrake CD and opt for Lin4Win and install it on the 'new' Windows partition/drive.
This is a very safe option! It creates a couple of huge files and 'mounts' them as it would any normal filesystem. Should all go wrong - just delete the files!

Good luck!
Old 05-16-2001, 06:40 PM   #4
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Problem solved

I used fips to resize my windows parition and got my boot parition in the right area. Thanks everyone.


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