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I am trying to install fedora along windows 2003 and Freebsd but it won't let me install it. Here is the layout of my drive /dev/hda /dev/hda1 --> extended /dev/hda5 ...
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    fedora dual boot issues


    I am trying to install fedora along windows 2003 and Freebsd but it won't let me install it.

    Here is the layout of my drive /dev/hda

    /dev/hda1 --> extended
    /dev/hda5 --> vfat
    /dev/hda2 --> ntfs
    /dev/hda3 --> bsd

    The rest is free space about 15 gb

    I have tried a couple of things. Auto partitioning the free space does not work. It says something about not being able to allocate the partition.

    I tried manual partitioning.

    100 mb for /boot
    756 mb for swap
    and the rest for /

    Same kind of error appears after I specified /. Also tried reversing the order but it does not work.

    I was able to do this with RH9 and windows XP. Any ideas?

    Cheers
    I am on a journey to mastering Linux and I got a bloody long way to go!!!

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    i would be very suspicous of win2003...

    can u run fsck on blank space? im not sure if this would work but a disk problem could cause partitioning to fail.

    also try the manual partition thing again but leave like 2 mb unused at the end of the drive.

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    Switch to VT 2 (Ctrl+Alt+F2) and try using fdisk to partition the drive. Even if it doesn't work, it is likely to yield a more usable error message.
    You don't use dynamic drives with Win2k3, right?

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    I tried Hellmasker's suggestion but that did not do the trick.

    My win2k3 uses the standard basic disk. I will give your suggestion a go.
    I am on a journey to mastering Linux and I got a bloody long way to go!!!

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    I seem to remember somewhere way back in my mind that you can only have a certain number of partitions per drive... I might have made that up, however...

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    probably true but its more than 4-5, ive got like 12 and it runs fine.

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    Upon further research I found that redhat limits the number of partitions to 16, but that doesn´t apply in your case.... sorry...

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    Have you used any partition utility or program to partition your drive?? Like partition magic or something?? I got really weird problems one time when i had used it....
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    Andutt

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