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Installing RH Linux 7.1 under SysCDR 2000

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Hello,
     I've been trying to install RH Linux 7.1 using
SysCDR 2000. Each time I try to run it using the OS
Wizard in SysCDR 2000 I get a error stating:

    1. Insufficient freespace on first drive
    2. no partition is available
    3. multiFAT partition is FAT32 new OS's is
       compatabile with it.

Seems if I try to install it using the CDROM that came
in the Box, I get to the Partition Manual screen but
I'm unable to select a partition that is suitable for
Linux swap and /. Can you give me some guidance on what
is the best way to install it. Here's my setup.

   1. Installed Win98 on C:
   2. Installed SC 2000 on C:
   3. Installed W2K on D: Using SC 2000 OS Wizard.
   4. Would like to put Linux on E: with 2.04 gig space
      on Extended partition 3.

I have a 40Gig HD. with plenty of space left. Whats a good
course of action on installing Linux. Thanks.

CTM
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ifincham earned 100 total points
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Hi,

I wouldn't bother using that wizard if I were you. The so-called 'multi-fat' partition is just the C: drive where system commander keeps different boot files under the C:\SC directory. For some OS's it needs to copy files from the subdirectories into the boot directory and then chain load the boot-loader from there. So certain OSs need to support the filesystem on the C: drive. For example you couldn't boot NT4 because NT4 doesn't support fat32. For maximum flexibility you'd have C: as fat16.

Anyway, for linux this is irrelevant. Just configure your CD to be the first boot device and boot up with the RH7.1 CD in the drive. Make certain to do a custom install not a workstation or server because these classes of install like to wipe out pre-existing partitions ! When you get to the partitioning bit your third logical partition should be /dev/hda7 under linux (logical partitions start at /dev/hda5 - primary partitions are /dev/hda1 - hda4 in the order they were created).

Yo will need a minimum of two partitions - one for the linux filesystem and one for swap space. It is more normal nowadays to have at least a separate /boot partition too.
What you may have problems with is that the /boot partition (or '/' if you just use one partitition) must be close enough to the start of the drive to be bootable. If you have big win98 and win2k partitions you may find a problem here.

One thing system commander can help you with (or partitionmagic if you have it) is the partitioning and identifying where you partitions are beyond the 1024 cylinder limit. You can access the sys commander partitioning by doing the wizard, cancelling and then using the 'startup' menu.

Hope this helps
 
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by:CTM
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ifencham,
        Thanks for the help, sorry on the delay in getting
back to you. Been up late night working. Seems your correct
after verifying with RH 7.1 Techs, it was better to just
install it using the cd-rom as a bootup disk. I've got
all 3 OS's installed. Took 3 try's to get it right. Seems
that LINUX was wiping out the MBR each time. I corrected this by loading LILO in Superblock vices MBR. Again Thanks.

CTM
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