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    I am using a Universal live cd, www.gentoo.org said this was supposed to be 650 MB, but I only have 587 MB. Is this part of my problem?

    I typed tar -xvjpf /mnt/cdrom/stages/stage3-x86-2004.2.tar.bz2
    Then a whole bunch of files are displayed, so it looks like it is working.
    Then I get this error,
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    tar: /bin/bzegrep: Cannot write: no space left on device
    tar: Skipping to next header

    bzip2: Input file= (stdin) output file= (stdout)

    tar: Child returned status 1
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

    I gave it a 518 MB swap partition, and a 35 GB boot partition

    I was hoping to be able to dual-boot with Windows XP, but now I can't even boot to that

    I get "error loading operating system"
    Any help solving this problem is appreciated.
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    Are you in /mnt/gentoo when you run this tar command? Have you mounted/fdisked/formatted the correct partition?
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    Yes, I am in /mnt/gentoo. I used cfdisk to make a 518 MB Linux swap, and a 35 GB Linux partition that I made bootable. I changed the bootable partition from Windows to Linux.

    The only thing I didn't do was the md5sumcheck. Is there any way I can do this from my Mepis live cd, or do I have to install Mepis to do that?
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    Well at least I figured out how to get my XP back. Hopefully I can figure out the rest from here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    Yes, I am in /mnt/gentoo. I used cfdisk to make a 518 MB Linux swap, and a 35 GB Linux partition that I made bootable. I changed the bootable partition from Windows to Linux.

    The only thing I didn't do was the md5sumcheck. Is there any way I can do this from my Mepis live cd, or do I have to install Mepis to do that?
    Did you mount the correct partition to /mnt/gentoo?
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    It took me 4 years to get this distro working! You name only one instruction that gave me trouble. I also got 20 minutes of useless "directory not found" and "child process" errors. To cut it short do a control+c the next time it happens.
    Heres what I did to get it running right:

    1. Insure you have a pre-formatted ext2 or ext3 vacant hard drive partition readied and mounted by typing "mount". Note that the CD must be mounted too. I used "mc" or midnite commander for the following.
    2. Copy stage#xxxxxxx.tar.bz2 from the CD to the formatted hard drive partition you intend on installing it to.
    3. Change directory. Type "cd(space) /mnt/gentoo" and run or execute tar(space)-xvjpf(space)stage#xxxxxxxxx.tar.bz2.4. You will get 10-20 minutes of directories and sub-directories being created without the above errors. Change directory by typing "cd(space)/mnt/gentoo". Type "ls". If everything went right you should get the familiar /bin, /boot, /dev, /etc and the other main directories that were created. I think there are 12 or 13 in all.
    4. If this is correct remove or delete the .tar.bz2 file from the hd.
    e.c.

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