how to install Linux
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: how to install Linux

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    37

    Question how to install Linux

    I m trying to install Linux (red hat 7.1). But got an error, don't know how to overcome please help.

    The error is

    "/ Boot partition > 1024 cylinder "

    I have already defined Swap partition but when I create the root partition I got that error mesg. Anyone know how to overcome that. please help me.

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    37
    any idea? please help!!!!!!!!

  3. #3
    Computer Forensics
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Posts
    672
    get into irc.antionline.com:6667
    Antionline in a nutshell
    \"You\'re putting the fate of the world in the hands of a bunch of idiots I wouldn\'t trust with a potato gun\"

    Trust your Technolust

  4. #4
    AO Curmudgeon rcgreen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    2,716

    Thumbs up

    Your kernel will be stored in a directory called /boot.
    The kernel must be located in an area of the disk below
    the 1024th cylinder, so the pariition containing /boot
    must be below the 1024th cyl.

    To be safe, try making a separate pariition for /boot
    at the beginning of the disk, or make the entire / (root directory)
    fit below the 1024th cyl

    LILO uses BIOS service INT 13h to access the kernel
    for booting, and the BIOS can't see beyond that limit.
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    37
    i m using windows ME also. i did create the /boot partition but same error mesg

    "/boot boot partition > 1024 cylinder"
    can u explain me what is 1024 cyl? and how to make the partition below the 1024th cyl?Thanks

  6. #6
    AntiOnline Senior Member souleman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Flint, MI
    Posts
    2,884
    Newer computers don't have this problem, but it all depends on your bios. As rcgreen said, the problem is that your bios can't see beyond the 1024th cyliner. The best way is to make a small partition at the start of the hard drive called /boot Then, make the rest of your partitions as you normally would. This will get past the problem, because all the boot information will be at the start of the drive, and your bios will have no problems with it.
    \"Ignorance is bliss....
    but only for your enemy\"
    -- souleman

  7. #7
    AO Curmudgeon rcgreen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    2,716

    Thumbs up

    The cylinders are the circular data tracks on the disk.
    Maybe, since your windows partition comes first, there is
    no available room below 1024 to make the /boot
    partition.

    When you create partitions, they start at low cyl numbers
    and fill the disk from the outer cyls inward.
    The partitions you make first will occupy the lower cyls.

    If your present windows partition goes beyond 1024th cyl,
    you'll have to make it smaller to allow /boot to be <1024.
    If you cannot do this, there is a way to put the linux kernel
    in the windows partition, and load it with a utility called
    LOADLIN.EXE This program is on your linux CD I believe
    it's in a directory called dosutils or /redhat/dosutils or somewhere.

    The documentation on LOADLIN.EXE will explain its use.
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    37
    I m using stupid intel motherboard which means intel Bios.
    can u give me an example of how to make a small partition at the start of the hard drive?
    When I reach that part I will do the following:

    /c 1000M WIN FAT32
    /d 1000M WIN FAT32
    /e 1000M WIN FAT32
    Swap 256M Linux Swap
    / 950M Linux native
    /boot 128M Linux native

  9. #9
    AO Curmudgeon rcgreen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    2,716

    Thumbs up

    If you don't mind starting fresh,
    just start from the beginning.
    Make first:
    linux native 128m /boot
    then your FAT32 partitions
    then other linux partitions

    You can be creative, as long as /boot is created first,
    it will then be at the beginning.

    They will go sequentially upward in cyls in the order
    in which you create them, so /boot must be created first.
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    37
    I tried but still the same.
    I have 4 partitions, when I reach that part at first I delete one partition which is support to be /f. Then I do the rest i.e. Swap, boot, root.

    By the way, can I juz create only Swap and root partition by using partition magic from windows?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •