Installing Linux past 1024 cylinders
Posted on 2001-07-28
I wish to install Red Hat Linux 7.1 on my PC.
My hard drive configuration is as follows:
Drive 1 (3 GB) - FAT32, Windows 98 "C"
Drive 2 (19 GB)
Primary partition (8 GB) FAT32 "D"
Extended partition (11 GB)
Logical drive (5.5 GB), NTFS, Win2K Pro, "F"
5.5 GB unpartitioned free space remains.
The system now dual-boots using the NT Boot Loader.
I want to install Linux into the unpartitioned space using the Linux native (ext2) file system. However, the Red Hat installation program doesn't permit me to mount root into a partition that doesn't begin in the first 1024 cylinders of the drive.
My motherboard was purchased only a year ago, and I believe all recent BIOSes support booting from over 1024 cylinders.
Red Hat offers the option of installing onto a FAT partition, but this slows the system down and I'd like to avoid this. Nor is it feasible to resize the other partitions, they already have quite a bit of stuff in them.
How can I get past this?