Red Hat Install Issues

I am attempting to install Red Hat Linux v 6.1 on a Dell P3 450.  I have a single 20.5 GIG HD.  The first (primary) partition is 2 GIG.  The second partition (extended) contains a single 6.75 GIG logical drive.  Both of these partitions are formatted FAT32.  

I have well over 10 GIG worth of free space.  However, when I attempt to create either a 16 MEG Boot partition, or a 1.5 GIG Root partition, I receive the error:  

Boot Partition Too Big

The odd thing is, it allows me to create a 128 MEG Swap partition without an error message.
greg1111Asked:
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bcolemanCommented:
Are you trying to set up a Fat32 linux system?  The reason your swap partition works is because you can create extended partitions after the 1024 mark, but fat32 systems will not boot if a partition starts after the 1024 mark.
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greg1111Author Commented:
The primary partition (my windows system files) is FAT32, as is the secondary partition (windows data files).  They are the first two partitions on the HD.

I am trying to install Linux using a native Linux filing system.
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bcolemanCommented:
Try and use Partition Magic.  It is an excellent product.  What you need to do is move your extended partition to the end.  Your boot partitions must all start before your extended partition.  This is your problem.  I didn't notice the extended partition earlier.  So you must either use some program(Partition magic) that won't destroy your data and move/shrink the extended partition, or remove the extended partition then add the boot partitions and readd your extended partitions.
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greg1111Author Commented:
I do have Partition Magic installed in my Windows 98 environment.  I can try moving the extended partition.

Does Linux also have to have it's boot partition before cylinder 1024?
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bcolemanCommented:
No linux does not.
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greg1111Author Commented:
I am confused by your suggestion.

If Linux does not need to be before 1024, then why do I need to move my extended partition?
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bcolemanCommented:
because I don't believe you can have a boot partition after your extended partition.
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greg1111Author Commented:
Even a Linux partition?
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bcolemanCommented:
yes even linux
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greg1111Author Commented:
Thanks... I will try that when I get home this evening.
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crouchetCommented:
The restriction is that the boot information must be contained in the first 1024 cylinders of a disk on the primary IDE controller.

This is a limitation of the BIOS, so if you have a recent enough BIOS then you may not have that restriction. However, if you are having a problem then this is one possible cause.

I find that creating a small /boot partition at the beginning of the drive is one easy solution.  6 meg would be enough, but it is better to set asside 12-16meg so you have room for upgrades and such.

Your OTHER Linux partitions can then be placed anywhere on the disk.

J Crouchet
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raks04Commented:
do not check "grow to fill disk" for any partitions
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