Openlinux 2.3 installation problem (Bootmagic cannot install because there are no visible FAT16 or FAT32 partitions below cylinder 1024 on the first hard disk)

Dear EE members,

I need help! i have successfully installed caldera openlinux 2.3. since i am running windows 98 as well under one machine, i have to install bootmagic so that i can choose between the two OS during start up. the problem is during bootmagic installation, i was presented with this message:"Bootmagic cannot install because there are no visible FAT 16 or FAT 32 primary partitions that are completely below cylinder 1024 on the first hard disk"

based on forums like expert exchange that i have attended looking for answer, my understanding is to partition my hard disk under cylinder 1024 (correct me if i am wrong here). the problem is i do not know to do this partitioning task.

i have 20.4 EIDE HDD running windows 98 SE.

if anyone is able to give me a DETAILED description on the steps that are clear and yet detailed, i am willing to reward 195 points to you.

anyway, thank you very much for the effort and help
phiber_optikAsked:
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JoeOCommented:
I am a Linux newbie.  I recently had a difficult time installing COL 2.3 on my Dell Pentium III (XPS-T500).  I tried several partitioning schemes until I realized the linux loader (lilo) must be within the first 1024 cylinders of the boot drive.  My boot drive is a Western Digital 8.4GB Caviar.  I partitioned it as:
0-329MB,Primary,FAT32,Contains Windows 98 OS;next 1,278MB,Primary,Linux EXT2,Contains Linux OS;next 137MB,Logical,Linux Swap;Final 6,314MB,Logical,Linux EXT2.  This allows enough space for you to choose the "Home Computer" option during Caldera setup.  
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phiber_optikAuthor Commented:
There are no steps indicated on how to accomplish the partition.
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jlevieCommented:
As noted, the drive has to be partitioned to give Linux space below the 1024 cylinder boundry. There is a good write up in the "Installation HowTo" (http://howto.tucows.com/LDP/HOWTO/Installation-HOWTO.html) about partitioning issues and links to specific OS combinations. How the re-partitioning is accomplished depends on whether or not you are willing to re-install windows.

If you are willing to re-install windows, the task is pretty simple. Per the HowTo, you simply use fdisk to set up a primary partition for windows that's small enough to allow Linux to begin below the 1024 cyl boundary and leave the remainder in an extended dos partition for Linux. Then you re-install windows and install Linux.

The task gets slightly more complex if you aren't willing to blow the windows installation away. There are both free tools for "squeezing" the windows partition into a smaller space like FIPS (http://metalab.unc.edu/pub/Linux/system/install) and commercial tools like Partition Magic. Using either you reduce the size of the partition windows occupies and install Linux into the remainder.

As to "specific instructions". If you want to go the first route, it should be obvious what to do from the "Installation HowTo". The second method is a bit more complex, but both FIPS and Partition Magic have complete descriptions of the process in their respective documentation.
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