"mount failed: Invalid argument" - Trying RH 5.1 on an NT system

I am trying to install Redhat 5.1 (Macmillan distribution)on a Dell Optiplex GX1 system - Pentium II 350MHz, 64M RAM,
6.1G hard drive.
It originally had 3 partitions in the hard drive C:, D: and E:. I used then installed Dell inspector SW and deleted D: and E: before i started Linux installation.
Then I booted and started installation of Linux from the CDROM. Everything appeared to go well. It recognized the hard drive with the single DOS partition and I created all the required Linux partitions.
It appeared to accept everything. Then I selected the default package installation. It started the formatting (which took several minutes) and then finally came out with the "mount failed: Invalid argument" message.
Is there something I am doing wrong and what should I be looking out for.

Thanks for any help.

Murali Raj
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ahTriConnect With a Mentor Commented:
RM do u still use NT ? since u said u have delete D and E mean u only have one drive left, probably winNT have lock the C drive so u cannot mount on, I dont know what is on your computer now:
- If u still have NT partition to make a D drive
  Install Linux, use diskdruid and delete D, u better mount /, no need for other /.../...  also  make something for swap

- If u have wipe out NT boot your machine by Dos or what ever and delete the partition for NT before

what HG mean "write partition to disk" is in fdisk, after create partitions type w to save the patition table
A more detailed info is needed

You must run fdisk or diskdruid, personally I prefer fdisk
And remember to write the partition table.
You must also select a root partition in the install phase
and also create a swap partition.
Doing all this and then check that you format the partitions
should do the trick.


raj_muraliAuthor Commented:
      I had already done what you suggested after which
      is when I landed at the problem I mentioned.
      I created "/", "/usr", "/usr/local", "/tmp", "swap"
      (everything that was required - my machine is at home
       and I am quoting the above from memory)
      I used Disk Druid first and then fdisk.
      However, what do you mean by "write the partition table"
      I do not recall doing that specifically.
      The first time I did it and it failed, it did not appear
      to have the partition names in the table when I restarted
      it. I did not do anything other than the menu driven
      Also, could you tell me what other info you are
      looking for. My machine specs are in my previous mail.
      It was configured for NT at Dell, before it was delivered
      Thanks a lot for your response.

raj_muraliAuthor Commented:
      Thanks for your response. I did have a partitioned disk
      which I deleted D and E partitions.

      Anyway, I did get to install Linux. All I did was
      specify only "/", "/usr" and "/usr/src" of course a
      swap partition also. With this it worked perfectly.

      I still have to figure out what exactly was wrong.

      Thank you.

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