help installing LINUX

I have a DELL 400MHz with 10Gb free space left on hard drive total. I used Partition Majic to partition hard drive and cannot install LINUX 6.0 because I get an error that there is not enough memory available. I selected 1.5Gb to be used for the LINUX partition. The RAM size is 128Mb total.  Also is there a big advantage to using version 6.1 over 6.0 ?      Thanks.
topneuronAsked:
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tiboriCommented:
The two nice improvement I've noticed in 6.1 are the graphical installation interface and the dynamic printer port which allows for more devices. I'm pretty sure they've added more hardware support, so if you have any newer hardware I'd recommend 6.1.
As far as the install is concerned, how are you going about it-through a boot disk or booting directly from the CD? I'd try booting from the CD if that's an option in your BIOS.
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biardCommented:
Also, where is this partition you set aside for Linux?  Is it the last one?  If so, you should change this.  Make it near the front of the drive, if possible.

i.e.  Make a 1.5 GB partition for Linux after the windows (or whatever) partition, and then make a new partition to take the rest of the space.  This will avoid some potential issues with the 8 GB barrier for Linux.
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tknayakCommented:
thats not the problem of enough memory..it asks u turn in the swap partition .. do that and things will go smoothely .. 6.1 gives u compatibility with ur 5.2 programs...thats the major advantage .. Also programs are upgraded with new packages ...
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topneuronAuthor Commented:
Could you please clarify your answer.

I looked up my partitioning and it reads:

Partition                                     system
    1        Non-DOS            126 Mb          
    2        Non-DOS           1537 Mb
    3        PRI DOS          10692 Mb        FAT 32

This was created using a special version of Partition Majic which came with the LINUX-Mandrake disk.  Thanks

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topneuronAuthor Commented:
I also checked my current partitioning using Partition Magic and it showed:

Vol type        Status    Size(Mb)  Used    Free    Pri/Log
 FAT 32X         Active     10691     953  9738      Pri
 Linux             None      1537    1537    0       Pri
 Linux Swap        None       125     125    0       Pri

If need be, how should I change the partitions using Partition Magic ?
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biardCommented:
You need to move the partitons, preferably making linux first.
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topneuronAuthor Commented:
Why do the partitions for Linux and Linux swap show Zero available free space ?
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biardCommented:
Because there is an issue when putting linux beyond the 8.4 GB barrier.  It needs to be earlier on the disk.
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topneuronAuthor Commented:
Why does fdisk show partitions 1 and 2 to be Non-DOS (which I assume are : 1(LINUX SWAP) AND 2(LINUX). Are these not already the first 2 partitions ?
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tknayakCommented:
when u try to install it first writes the partition table then creates file system and finally loads the programs ..
so when u try a second time installation even after an unsuccessfull 1st installation, it will show u the linux partitions ..
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