Dual boot with W98 & RH 8.0 problems in formatting!

  • wedidnot
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I am a first time Linux user and have with me PCQ
Linux ,(based on Red Hat 8.0) and I wish to dual boot
it with Win98.
I have a Intel 845/2.4GHz/512MB/80GB PC and have Win98
running on a 10G partition and the remaining 70G as
one big Fat32 parition where I hv stored my personal
stuff (Mp3, documents etc).
I tried installing Linux, but when I do "automatically
partition", I get the error " could not allocate
requested Partitioning. Partitioning failed format
could not allocate partition as primary partition".
If I try to proceed with manual parition using Disk
Druid, I am able to allocate a Swap parition (2GB) and
a "/" parition (5GB) and the installation starts. But,
while copying files, the install stops and gives a
long error message, the system crashes and I am unable
to proceed thence.
Any suggestions?
Thank you
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where are you trying to put rh8? the 10gig partition or the 70gig? I have MDK9 installed on a second harddrive dualbooting with 98se no problem, so there should be a fix.

Oh and the reason I went to Mandrake over Red Hat was because I never had any luck during installation wiht Red Hat
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I am currently trying to install Linux RH 8 and I get that "Could not allocate requested partitions...etc."

I really don't know how to get around this. I can say that I have searched the internet like crazy to figure out why it's doing this.

While searching frantically, I have noticed that the majority of IT's, say that it is because you can only have 4 primary partitions and that I needed to create "extended partitions" via PartitionMagic.

I hope this helps, I am going to just restart my computer and try to use PartitionMagic to convert the primary partitions to extended.

I will post again if it works.

Peace!
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Sorry for the double post, but I got it to work.

Instead of using partitionmagic again, I just deleted some extended partition that I didn't need.

I think I had two swap partitions, deleted one, and now Linux is working fine.
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Here is how to get RHL 8.0 to dual boot with windows.

First you need to take your empty partition and fdisk or cfdisk it with the ext3 filesystem / you of course use ext2 but i wouldnt reccomend it, ext 3 has a journaling system.

Next install RHL 8.0 and use lilo or grub. Soon as your installation is done goto this file.

/etc/lilo.conf

or

/etc/grub.conf

then edit it to start both linux and windows. Whalla you can now boot either OS. for those of those that dont know how to make it boot both email me and ill send you a copy of both grub and lilo.conf.

sweinmann@sbcglobal.net

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