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Hi, I am new to Linux and use Win XP Pro(SP2) on an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, E7200 processor. I had crashed my system 5 times this week while ...
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    Linux Installation Failed!!!


    Hi,

    I am new to Linux and use Win XP Pro(SP2) on an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, E7200 processor. I had crashed my system 5 times this week while tryin to install Linux and its gettn to my head. I went thru some of the posts in this forum but none have worked. Right now, I have used partition magic 8 to make 10GB of Linux(ext3) and Linux Swap(512MB). So this is how my partition looks like:

    Disk 1
    (C-NTFS(type)-49999.1(size)-10108.8(used)-39890.4(unused)-Active(status)-Primary
    (*)-Extend(type)-102618.3(size)-102618.3(used)-0.0(unused)-None(status)-Primary
    (D-NTFS(type)-49999.1(size)-96.7(used)-49902.5(unused)-None(status)-Logical
    (E-NTFS(type)-52619.1(size)-5815.4(used)-46803.8(unused)-None(status)-Logical
    (*)-Unallocated(type)-7.8(size)-0.0(used)-0.0(unused)-None(status)-Primary

    Disk 2
    F:-NTFS(type)-29996.3(size)-1546.1(used)-28450.3(unused)-None(status)-Primary
    (*)-Extend(type)-112384.4(size)-112384.4(used)-0.0(unused)-None(status)-Primary
    G:-NTFS(type)-111348.9(size)-74412.5(used)-36936.5(unused)-None(status)-Logical
    J:-NTFS(type)-517.7(size)-5.2(used)-512.5(unused)-None(status)-Logical
    SWAPSPACE2(*-Linux Swap(type)-517.7(size)-0.0(used)-517.7(unused)-None(status)-Logical
    RHEL(*)-Linux Ext3(type)-10244.6(size)-353.6(used)-9891.0(unused)-Active(status)-Primary

    I've tried installin several times using the "use free space" option but get the following error message:

    Could not allocate requested partitions
    Partitioning Failed: Could not allocate partitions as primary partitions
    Not enough space left to create partition for /boot
    The following errors occurred with your partitioning:
    You have not defined a root partition (/), which is required for installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server to continue
    This can happen if there is not enough space on your hard drive(s) for the installation
    Press 'Ok' to choose a different partitioning method.

    I require that I use two operating systems in my machine. Is it required to install boot magic?

    I hope you'll be able to help me out in this regard. Thanx.

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    free space means unallocated space, you have created partitions thereby using all free space, you either have to tell it which partitions to use, or delete the linux partitions you made at which point the free space choice will work

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    Hey... thanx for the reply.. I managed install linux, but after I get to choose the operating system at the bootloader, i get a message that says 'Input not supported' or 'No signal'.. I use an ACER LCD monitor(X193W).. Also, is it possible to change the name of my operating system at the boot option: Right now, my Windows XP is named as 'other'.. I want to rename it to Win XP..how do i do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enochdav View Post
    Also, is it possible to change the name of my operating system at the boot option: Right now, my Windows XP is named as 'other'.. I want to rename it to Win XP..how do i do that?
    Welcome to the forums!

    Yes, you can edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst file to say Win XP where it now says other. You'll need root permissions to edit that file.

    If you can post the file here, someone might be able to help with the input issue.
    oz

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    enochdav... I just noticed that you've started a new thread on the input and other issue (which was the correct thing to do), so I'll lock this thread to prevent any confusion to those that try to help you.
    oz

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