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Old 01-11-2001, 12:56 AM   #1
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Hi folks,

I have upgraded my machine to a celeron 633Mhz processor with a HDD
of 20GB (Sis make)and 128MB of RAM. I created a primary partition of
1.75 GB on the HDD along with two logical partitions of 5GB each. I
then installed win98 and win2k on the primary partition. Now when I
am trying to install Linux RH6.2 on the machine. I was able to create
a swap partition of 128MB on the HDD. However while attempting to
create a native linux partition of 1500Mb, disk druid throws an
unallocated partition exception saying that the boot partition is too

I have specified the following in disk druid:
Mount Point: /
Size(Megs): 1500
Type: Linux Native
Allowable Drives[*] hda
Grow to fill the disk: [ ]

Message shown : There are currently unallocated partitions present in
the list of requested partitions. The unallocated partitions are
shown below along with the reason they are not allocated

Unallocated requested partitions:

Boot partition too big 1500M/NA Linux Native

It would be great if someone could help me with this problem.

Best regards

Old 01-11-2001, 09:54 AM   #2
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Wink Boot Sector

When your installing a dual boot, its best to try and get the linux /boot partition or all the boot info installed as close to the beginning of the first sector of the hard drive as possible. And try not to use FAT32, if you are, use FAT16. I found it best to first load windows on a FAT16 partition, then load Linux with all the partitions available taht you want for it....then after everything is working okay with the dual, you can then go back and create your partitions for Windows.

Hope this helps,

Old 01-15-2001, 10:34 AM   #3
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another idea ...

Your problems is that your linux boot partition is beyon the mythic 8GB and lilo can't boot. For solving this You'll need:
- A recent lilo (may be you have it right now but the install software don't use it, it happens to me with RH 7.0)
- fdisk

- fdisk as you like
- Add the line "lba32" at /etc/lilo.conf
- Run lilo
- Enjoy your system without limitations :-)



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