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help! i am now in the middle of installing the gentoo in my laptop which already hav winxp....i want to dualboot it... here is my laptop: 40GB harddisk 15GB NTFS ...
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    fdisk won't work?! HELP!


    help! i am now in the middle of installing the gentoo in my laptop which already hav winxp....i want to dualboot it...

    here is my laptop:
    40GB harddisk
    15GB NTFS for Winxp
    15GB FAT32 for my personal DATA
    10 unpartition space (which i keep for gentoo)

    but when i am in the fdisk step of the manual:

    when i type: fdisk /dev/hda
    it return:

    unable to open /dev/hda

    i have tried /dev/hda1 to /hda8....also cannot!!! why? what's wrong with it? what am i going to do? pls help!!! THANKS 1st..

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    Have you tried just "fdisk"?
    Personally I prefer "cfdisk"

    When you type cfdisk, a menu will come up asking you which hard drive to use, select the appropriate hard drive, and away you go.
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    thanks budman7!!! it works...as i can find all the partition in my harddisk...but i wonder how i got to setup the partition: boot, swap and others using that? since i can't found that cfdisk in manual...

    please give me some guide...thanks!!!

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    Actually cfdisk isn't in the Gentoo manual, at least that I know of.
    I just got used to using it from working with other source-based distros.

    And if you look at the buttons on the bottom of cfdisk, all is explained.
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    HELP...now i am in the progress of installing gentoo...

    after i copy some files...don't know what things i have type...i accidentally enter into this:

    >

    it shows only ">"
    and no matter what i type also no use...what is this? how to get back to
    "#" this?? PLS help...

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    > is a new one on me. I would just reboot, and follow the hand VERY, VERY , VERY closely.

    I can't stress that enough, that you should follw the handbook VERY closely.

    Did I mention that you should follow the handbook.

    Gentoo has no installer except you and the handbook. Even experts still refer to the handbook, so they know what commands to enter.
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