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Old 07-06-2004, 06:07 AM   #1
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Unhappy Long installation+Partitioning story but plz read and help

hi all

I have a 633MHz celeron, with 15 GB hard disk. i intended to install windows xp with RedHat linux 9. I partitioned my harddisk using dos fdisk allocating around 5 GB for the primary (active partition) and in extended partition i defined one logical drive ( for my data) with capacity around 4 GB. Both were fomatted as FAT32.

Rest of the space which was left was around 4 GB which i left unallocated (un partitioned )for linux installation.
i installed windows. then i went forward to install RedHat linux 9. I am quite new with linux so i used graphical installation.
When it came up to partitioning space i tried to use the Automatic partition but it gave error. so i used manual (Disk druid) for it. I allocated over 2 GB for root around 100 MB for /boot and rest had to be used for swap ( it is unallocated 267 MB)but when i tried to allocate this through cylinder based partitioning it gave error
"Cannot allocate cylinder based partitioning"
and when i try new button ( thrugh which space in MB is specified) it again gave error that
" cannot allocate requested partition"
I continued with my installation and now my system is running ok without swap (of course some space is unallocated still)

I tried to reinstall linux from scratch but still it gives theerrors in automatic installation saying
" you have not defined root patition wich is required for installing linux ".

Also proceeding from manual way it gives same errors as before and does not allocate swap.
But if i allocate /boot then i allocate swap instead of the /root thenit works but then if itry to allocate /root now it again gives the same error.

So it always leaves some space at the end unallocated.

printing the fdisk /dev/hda through my linux terminal program gives the following configuration.

Device boot start End blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 731 5871726 b Win95FAT32

/dev/hda 732 1279 4401810 f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)

/dev/hda3 1280 1291 96390 83 Linux

/dev/hda4 1292 1792 4024282+ 83 Linux

/dev/hda5 732 1279 4401778+ b FAT32

where am i wrong plz suggest some way which can help me


PS : My Pc has 256K RAm

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