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I purchased a Pentium II 266MHz PC with a 6.4GB Hard drive, a Zip drive, and a DVD ROM drive.  I had my Maxtor 4.3GB hard drive installed so that I could install Linux.  I tried installing RH 4.2, but I received a screen full of scrolling 0s and 1s.  My devices are as follows:

Primary master      - 6.4GB hard drive   /dev/hda
Primary slave         - Zip drive               /dev/hdb
Secondary master  - DVD ROM drive    /dev/hdc
Secondary slave    - 4.3GB hard drive   /dev/hdd

I have been unable to successfully get Linux installed.  I'd like to have a dual boot system.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
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andersn earned 50 total points
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I assume you get the 0s and 1s when booting after installation of RH.

Primarily, the data that LILO needs to access at boot time is located in the /boot directory. The partition that holds that data must be located entirely below cylinder 1023. Otherwise anything may happen.

Since you have two hard drives and some extra devices (Zip drive and CDROM) this adds some extra requirements to be fulfilled.

If you have two IDE units on your primary IDE controller, /boot must reside on one of them. (Is the Zip drive an IDE unit, in that case /boot must be on the 6.4GB drive).
I assume you want Linux on the 4.3GB drive. Therefore I suggest you swap places between the Zip drive and the 4.3GB hard drive.

Regarding the dual boot system. Depending on what bootmanager you plan to use and what other operating system you will install things can be done differently. Say you plan to install both Windows 95 and Linux, then first install Windows 95 and then install Linux. If you whish to use LILO for bootmanager install it in the master boot record and supply LILO with a boot options for Windows 95 (automatically suggested at installation of RH).
If you want to use another bootmanager things depend. Usually then LILO should be installed in the boot sector of the Linux partition and the other bootmanager will need to be configured to start it from there.

/Anders
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All of my devices are IDE.  I wasn't certain if I could have Zip drive be a slave off of a DVD ROM drive.
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