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Can't create /boot partition during install

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I'm trying to install red hat 6.1 from cd-ROM onto a Dell Latitude CPi 400XT.
It's a 12 Gb disk. Currently there are four partitions:  2Gb NTFS, and three 2Gb fat partitions.  The remainder of the disk is free space.  During the install, disk druid shows all the above correctly, but when I attempt to ADD a 1Mb /boot partition, and error, "Boot partiton it too large" keeps coming up.
HELP!  Thanks.
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by:jbeaman
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Try sizing the boot partition down.  The boot partition doesnt need to be that big, as all it is used for is to install the necessary files to boot linux.

HTH,
John
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by:Otta
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>> when I attempt to ADD a 1Mb /boot partition
> Try sizing the boot partition down.

Is it possible to create a partition _SMALLER_ than one megabyte? (not one gigabyte)

Use Partition Magic (http://WWW.PowerQuest.COM) to "resize" the NTFS partition slightly smaller, thus creating some "free" space in the first 2GB of the drive, and allocate that free-space as the boot partition.

The "trick" is to place the 'boot' partition into the first 8GB of the drive, i.e., within the first 1024 cylinders.
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by:scottmartin
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An easy way to fix this problem is to create a boot disk for your RedHat installation. This way, whenever you want to use it, just slip the disk in. I know it's not the same as a boot option, but it still works!.

Also, try the software called BootMagic also from PowerQuest (www.powerquest.com/bootmagic). I have used in a successful implementation of Windows 98/NT/2000 and Linux, all at once. Good piece of software. (Sounds like an ad :-)

Hope this helps.
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FMURRAY, any progress to report?
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