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Old 02-05-2004, 10:52 AM   #1
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Dual Boot Install Problems

Hey Everyone,
I am having some trouble trying to install the full version of Mandrake 9.2 onto my machine. I have one hard drive which boots up windows XP (keeping it only for school programs that run under windows) and another one which I plan to install Linux. Here are a few specs from my computer:

Motherboard: Asus A7A266 Motherboard
Chip: AMD Athlon 1.4
Memory(RAM): 386 DDR Ram
Video Card: Radeon All-In-Wonder 32DDR AGP
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster 5.1 Platinum
Ethernet: Linksystems 10/100 Ethernet Adapter Card
CD/DVD: Samsung CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
Hard Drive 1: Western Digital Caviar 120GB
Hard Drive 2: Seagate Fireball 20GB

The issue i'm having is during the installation process I do notice both hard drives are recognized through the bios. Nothing is installed onto the second hard drive. When the installation takes me to select a partition I choose the second hard drive hdb1 and tell it to occupy all the space. For some reason when it auto selects the partitions it only gives me 784 MB total as free memory on the drive. This is not really sufficient to install all the things I want. I tried different things but it only recognizes a small portion of my total disk space. Does someone have any suggestions? I wanted to install SuSe 8.1 onto my machine but when it boots up it freezes when it recognizes hda1(maybe becuase its a newer/faster drive?). Any suggestions on this one too?
Old 02-05-2004, 11:19 AM   #2
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You say there is nothing on the 2nd drive but are there any existing partitions on it? Most linux distros will create several partitions. It is best to have unallocated free space for the installation.


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