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I am setting up Redhat 7.1 on a Windows 95 system (dual boot; don't want to delete Win patition). Following Disk Druid instructions, I have successfully set up Linux and all necessary partions on a seperate, identical machine, but I want to know why the other system does not work in creating the Redhat boot partition.

On the first system, I tried creating a 50MB boot partition (/boot; Linux Native) and would get the following error:

'Boot > 1024 cylinders'

After reading the manual, with no direct instructions for dealing with this, it seems the boot partition HAS to be in the first 1024 cylinders (which I'm not sure how much that is?). If this is true, do I need to install Windows afterwards? Also, why would I have been able to install Linux and the boot partiton on another similar machine (only difference is HD space).
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NYCmitch25 earned 150 total points
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Windows 95 and RH linux 7.1?  This post is about 5 years late!  If you upgrade to 7.3 or 8.0 you won't have this problem.

If you're using LILO, you need to add a line saying simply "lba32" to your lilo.conf (you'll need to use a boot disk to get into your system). This tells it to address C:H:S entries with 32bits in the MBR, allowing you to boot your system.

more info ->
http://www.redhat.com/support/resources/gotchas/7.1/gotchas-71.html
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