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sniperhunter
29th May 2008, 06:28 AM
i checked through some other posts already, and havent found an answer that deals with this question.

I have three Hard drives- 2 satas, and 1 IDE

the IDE is C drive- has windows xp on it
the first Sata is E- it is empty, for use by xp- which is my primary os till i adjust to linux
the second is F- it is empty. It will be the target for Linux install.

when i change, CMOS to load DVD drive first, it boots up fine, install screen comes up

it goes to the "select drives for instal screen" where it lists all three of my drives towards the top. I DE-select all but "F".

but then at the bottom half of the page, there is a another question- dealing with (i cant remeber- seems that it was something to do with a loader???) and a scroll down- where it asks me to select a drive. hopefully you can recollect this part im referencing?

IF i want to dual boot- do i select my C( has xp) drive from the scroll down, or F drive(empty)

on my first install attempt- i chose "F" from both the check box and the scroll down. however, after it says "good job, you installed linux, now reboot" it ejects the DVD and reboots. I then changed CMOS to boot from Drives first. if i put C first- it goes to xp- with no options. IF i go F first- a fedora screen pops up giving me to OS options to boot- "FEdora" and "Other" Ive tried both options, and both times, it runs through a line of code, and then the screen goes blank. about 2 min later it auto reboots. what ever shall i do? :P

P.S- so its clear- i can not boot fedora.

daverj
29th May 2008, 07:02 AM
The question at the bottom is probably asking you where you want to install your bootloader. If that is correct, choose /dev/hda or /dev/sda (your C drive). Then when you boot from C, you should get the grub boot screen.

davidj

sniperhunter
29th May 2008, 07:07 AM
The question at the bottom is probably asking you where you want to install your bootloader. If that is correct, choose /dev/hda or /dev/sda (your C drive). Then when you boot from C, you should get the grub boot screen.

davidj


okay, C drive- is all one partition all 120 gigs. would this factor in ?

if thats a problem (C being one giant partiton) is there a way to partioning without deleting windows in the process?

daverj
29th May 2008, 07:27 AM
the size of your C drive is irrelevant. Also, is the second part asking you about the bootloader? If not, what exactly are you being asked?

davidj

sniperhunter
29th May 2008, 08:19 AM
the size of your C drive is irrelevant. Also, is the second part asking you about the bootloader? If not, what exactly are you being asked?

davidj


yes- the second part is about the boot loader.

If i select C, it asks me "am i sure" - Yes. then some message about "not enough space" on C drive. (which is why i asked about wether C drive= one partition would matter)

sniperhunter
30th May 2008, 01:37 AM
Here is my most recent attempt-

I ran a hard drive checker on the drive- a different one. the drive checked.
I checked the DVD- it checked- again.

I then unplugged all the hard drives except for one and installed FC9 on it. ONce again, i got a succesful install. but as with everytime preceding- it got to the fedora selecting screen. defaulted on fedora (there was only one option). and once again- the line of code with something saying "press "I" for guided setup?" regardless of my current choices- it always goes blank, and reboots.

Ive also tried other distros, live distros, etc. same result- I cant even do live cds.