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Hustluz
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posted posted 03-29-2004 05:09

I just downloaded redhats linux version 9. i have the three cd iso and when i get ready to install linux i get this problem. it says

Partition Errors: the following critical errors exist wtih your requested partitioning instalation
you have not defined a root (/), which is required for instalation of Fedora core to continue.

I am trying to install a dual operations system on my computer one with windowx xp and the other with redhat linux. it is an 80 gig hard drive divided into to parts. both sections of the hard drive are formatted in ntfs format. the linux software recognized the hardrives when the ask me to select but im wondering if they have to be partitions in a certain format for the instalations to go through. can anyone help me with this...

thanx..

Jestah
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posted posted 03-29-2004 05:18

Reading theRed Hat Linux x86 Installation Guide, especially the chapter Installing Red Hat Linux in a Dual-Boot Enviornment will probably answer all of your questions. Its not too difficult, but if this is your first time setting up a dual boot between Linux & Windows, I suggest at the very least reading through the entire Installation Guide.

More documentation can be found here.



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norm
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posted posted 03-29-2004 05:30

The partition that you install Linux on must be a linux partion(usually ext2 or ext3), plus you need a linux swap partition usually twice the size of the amount of ram in your computer.

I usually change partition types and create swap partitions with linux fdisk at the command line, so I'm not to sure on whether or not you can do this with the graphical installer. My guess would be 'Yes' because graphical installs are meant to be relatively easy. At some point in time in the graphical install you are asked to define a mount point for your root volume. Just be sure and enter '/' as the root and life should be good.

Skaarjj
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posted posted 03-29-2004 05:47

I just did this myself recently. Do this:

The graphics installer comes with a program called Disk Druid, it's a grahical partition program. You want to define three partitions and there appropriate mount points on the 'drive' that will hold linux. The root ('/' mount point) is a linux requirement, and is where the filesystem and kernel are stored. Now, I'm not sure if this is going to work properly for you, becuase in order for linux to boot it has to have the root sector beginning before cylinder 1024 on the drive. So does windows, which is why the linux dual booting guide will probably recommend that they be stored on seperate drives.

The next mount point that you'll want will be boot. Make this partition about 3 or 4 gig, and define it's mount point as /boot

After that is your swap space. For this you'll want a partition that's at least as large as the total size of your system's physical memory, up to twice the size of your system's physical memory.

You can define seperate partiitons for each and every mount point if you really want to, but for best performance with the least amount of effort ,those are the three you'll need.

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Hustluz
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posted posted 03-30-2004 18:47

I guess what i did was wrong... i finally got it to work but i did it all on one drive i didnt make a swap drive or whatever else was needed. i wondering if i should format the drive over again and make a couple of partitions for each thing i need. i only have 720 mb or ram. i am think of useing partition magic to format it over again and partition three sections for linux. would that be the right way to go or should i just leave it the way it is....thanx for the help

Jestah
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posted posted 03-31-2004 00:02

3.19. Partitioning Your System

Hustluz, all you have to do is read the links I've provided you. Print out the Installation Guide, if you haven't already purchased it, and go step by step through that. It's easy.

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[This message has been edited by Jestah (edited 03-31-2004).]

Petskull
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posted posted 03-31-2004 00:18

Actually, I'd always heard this about the partition cilinders, but I have the following:

hda1 - 8Gb - ntfs - WinXP
hda2 - 8Gb - ext2 - MDK
had3 - 23Gb - fat32 - Slinky (data)

.... and have *never* had problems with this '2Gb' rule... I stressed about it until I decided to say 'fuck it' and have never had any issues with this... I think it's part of the conspiracy..

... actually, it might just be the case with many BIOS/OS Version/Older Hardware Combos... I've just never had a problem with it, myself...

As far as swap- don't have one.

....Should make one, but never got around to doing it... oh well, runs fine, but would actually like to see what I can do with the swap...

By the way... I just simply made hda1 '/', hda2 '/WinXP', hda3 '/Slinky'... never set up the other partitions, but I think MDK and RedHat put them somewhere in there..

I partitioned my drive with Partition Magic. If you don't have it, I suggest you ~aquire~ it and try it out..... it's mega awsome for this type of thing... unfortunately, it only runs on Windows...

Good luck with Linux and thanks for supporting your species by installing and running it.

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