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Re: Setting up Debian - II

I followed Joe's recommendation and partitioned my 32gb IBM hard drive as
  c:         6,997.0   mb
  /               39.2    mb
  swap      258.8    mb
  /usr      5,004.6   mb
  e:       20,332.2   mb

When I tried to install Debian, avoiding any further partitioning within the
Debian install procedure, I ended up with: "Floppy error: The attempt to
extract the Rescue Floppy failed"

When I said, "go ahead, partition," I ended up with "Bad primary partition
0: Partition ends after the end-of-disk. Press any key to exit cfdisk"

On exiting, the following message appeared, "cfdisk has failed while trying
to repartition your disk. This may mean your disk's partition table is
corrupt or your disk is 'factory clean.' I may wipe out your disk's current
partition table and run cfdisk again..."

(A few days ago when I allowed cfdisk to run again, it did indeed wipe out
my entire disk--- which quite likely was not properly partitioned, if at

When I tried to bypass all this and get in with a boot floppy generated
several days earlier, with the thought that I could see what Debian thought
the partitions looked like, I got, "kernel panic: No init found. Try passing
init=option to kernel"

I also tried to install using Red Hat 6.1 to see if the issue was unique to
the Debian installer, but Red Hat also did not see any partition



----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Bouchard <jpb@cybertours.com>
To: davidturetsky <davidturetsky@email.msn.com>;
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2000 6:37 PM
Subject: Re: Setting up Debian

> On Tue, Feb 01, 2000 at 03:51:54PM -0800, davidturetsky wrote:
> > I'm a newbie to Debian, but an old computer hand... experiencing
> > considerable difficulty in setting up a Debian Linux system on my DELL
> > Pentium III 34gb drive I set up a 8gb partition using fdisk and
> > formated the lower 24gb with MS format. Then I used Partition Magic
> > 5.0 to set up a 1,000mb root partition, "/", a 2gb /usr partition and
> > a 1gb swap partition. I used Partition Magic to format each partition
> > (root: Linux ex2; usr: Linux ex2; Swap partition: swap)
> There is a rule that OS's must boot within the first 1024 cylinders of
> the drive (I guess it's a BIOS limitation for PC style architecture).  On
> older computers like my P90, that mean the first 512mb, on newer ones
> like your's I guess that is about 8gb.  So having the lower 24gb as
> windows won't work.
> You need to get that windows partition down to just below 8gb.  You may
> want to put a small /boot partition (like 10mb) next, a few gigs of
> linux partitions, and then a big honking D: drive for windows.
> I don't have experience with partition magic.  I guess it't pretty neat,
> but I don't thing it will allow you to break the 1024 rule (I could be
> wrong, I usually am...)
> And like someone else said 1gb of swap is an awful lot.  The traditional
> standard is 2x your RAM.
> --
> Thank you,
> Joe Bouchard
> Powered by Debian GNU/Linux

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