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dual boot problem

Hello all,
My problem is thus. I have a dell dimension L700cx running ME. I ran fips to partition the disk and leave ME intact so as to dual boot with RH8. all worked well and i have 10 gb partition C: for windows which boots nicely and 8 gb free space for RH. when I load RH I get to the point of no return and i get and unhandled error message and the install quits! The partioning looks fine in disk druid although it says the first 1 meg is free space. is this a bios thing on these machines?

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jdfoxCommented:
What's the full error message please?

If the first 1 meg is free space, then it sounds like you haven't sufficient space in the first 1024 cylinders of the disk to boot from.  

I would re-partition so that everything required to boot by grub (or lilo) resides in the first 1024 cylinders.  In fact it's smart to have your whole /boot in the first 1024 cylinders if possible.

And BTW you're right, it is a BIOS thing.
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arn0ldCommented:
unless your bios/pc is very old the 1024 cylinder limit no longer applies. If you have only 2 partitions on your drive,
any "strange" disk behavior is probably due to your partition table - which was modified by fips.

Under ME, run the chkdisk (or whatever it is called) and then
fdisk and/or My Computer to verify the disk is configured as you expect. The physical sizes should agree with Druid.

1 meg (you did say meg) of free space should not be significant.

You should have a 2nd partition(3 total) for swap - 500mb should be adequate.

Repartitioning is drastic - you will have to reinstall ME.


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jdfoxCommented:
You won't need to re-install Windows if you use a non-destructive partition editor:

http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/parted.html
http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/
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