Unable to install Red Hat Enterprize 5.2 in DELL laptop

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Hi guys
can any one tell me where i am wrong.

I have DELL studio laptop with 6GB Ram and 500HDD. For installing Linux i left 50GB unformated partition in my system. First i installed windows7 professional. Than 2ndly when i try to install Linux i get error.
I tried several combination and most of the time i get same error. "NOT ENOUGH SPACE". It is not allowing me to create any swap partition or ext partition.
Than i processed with the "use free space option", i got error that "NO SWAP PARTITION FOUND".

can any one guide how to install dual booting...or where i am wrong...
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Your mistake was creating one partition for two operating systems. Let's say I had a HD with 100GB. I would create two partitions, the first, NTFS & the second, Linux. Make a note of the starting & ending sectors of both. The Windows install would go on the first partition, let's say I made it 50GB.

Then when you install Linux, you would choose the second partition. During that install, you create sub-partitions. FreeBSD calls them slices. They are / (root), /dev, /var, /swap, /usr /tmp.

Somewhere along the line, it should ask about a boot loader. It's been so long since I've done dual boot, I don't remember. I prefer one OS to one machine.
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yes i have done this before also... but that time i had desktop and it was red hat ... not the Red Hat Enterprize 5.2 ..
i have done partition same the way u r telling. all partition are in NTFS format and 50gb is unformatted partition...
while installing i can see my HDD and its partition and allocation, there i need to create new partition... i tried all combination of / (root), /dev, /var, /swap, /usr /tmp. to create partition in that free space.... but every time it says.. not enough space...
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http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=725218

There are some instructions on it. If that doesn't work, format the unformatted space to an ext3 partition & see if that works.
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thanks for the url..
here is my HDD partition
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type size
[*]OEM 125MB
[*]Boot Primary 200GB NTFS
[*]Primary 200GB NTFS
[*]Dell Recovery 10GB NTFS
[*]Unformatted 56GB


can u please guide me here...! which is the right way to do partition?
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Are you booting the machine with the Enterprise CD? Have you tried to format the 56GB to ext3 using Linux fdisk? Is the partition output you quoted from fdisk -l ? If not, run fdisk -l to see if it matches.
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yes.... i am booting it with...Enterprise DVD .... i don't have linux fdisk... or is it inside that Enterprise DVD package... i just have to hit fdisk .. is so...? if not than can you please tell where can i get fdisk for linux...
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fdisk should be on that DVD. If not, any Linux Live CD has it. I use backtrack 3.iso
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nope i it don't have.. i have tried fdisk...with various combination like... linux fdisk/ fdisk / linux text / nothing worked..
thanks for the info about backtrack 3.iso let me download it...

one more question as u have said.... "one OS to one machine."
can u please elaborate me.. more..! :-)
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I don't bother with dual boot anymore. A few years ago, I bought a Lenovo laptop with Vista. I wiped Vista & installed FreeBSD. Not everyone has the money or an extra machine to do that. The point is I prefer to have just one OS on a machine.
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thanks for the info... i am downloading backtrack 3.iso hope it will solve my problem...
yeah it is true...no one is going to buy extra machine for another OS....
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banghead
Now i have removed my windows partition and OS. Than i just installed linux 5.2 only. Installed successfully but while booting i got this error.....
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<0>Kernel panic - not syncing: Fatal exception


can u please guide me...!

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