On Sun, Jan 09, 2000 at 03:03:57PM +0000, Tomas Mac Eoin wrote:
> I am using a program called System Cmmander Deluxe to manage the
> partitions are you familiar with it? Either way what's the best way to create
> the 2 GB partition at the start of the dive without damaging the partition
> with Win 98 on it?
That would be tricky. It may be possible with a bit of hackery,
but the only way I could recommend would be a complete backup
and restore of the Windows partition.
An alternative would be to use fdisk rather than Disk Druid. The
1024-cylinder problem might not exist with newer BIOSes (can
anyone confirm?) and fdisk doesn't try to be smart and prevent you
from doing anything (unlike Disk Druid).
To use fdisk, just take your time and read all prompts carefully.
o Use the 'p' command to print the current partition table.
Do this regularly so you see what's happenning.
o Use the 'd' command to delete everything except the first
partition (your Windows partition).
o Use the 'n' command to create a small (say 128MB) partition
as the second partition
o Use the 't' command to set this partition to type 82
o Use the 'n' command to create your main Linux partition as
partition 3. Fill up the rest of the disk with it.
o When you are happy with the setup, use the 'w' command to
write your changes to the disk.
o Use the 'q' command to quit any time before writing your
changes, and you'll be able to start over again.
Later in the installation, you'll be asked where you want to
put the boot loader LILO. Select /dev/hda3 and then configure
System Commander to boot Linux from /dev/hda3.
This _might_ work, depending on whether the 1024-cylinder limit
is a problem on your machine or not. If it doesn't work, try
adding the 'linear' option to LILO when prompted for LILO options
during installation. Also try setting the hard disk to LBA
or linear mode in the BIOS.
To speed up the process (as you might be installing multiple times),
I recommend that you de-select all packages during the install.
Once you see Linux successfully boot, re-install with all the
packages you want.
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