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I'm trying to install Red Hat Linux 9 on my laptop. These are the facts if the case:

- I have a compaq 1700EA laptop
- I have 11,98 GB free unallocated space on my hard drive. I intend to use 10 GB for RHL9.
- I have windows XP preinstalled (I will have a dual-boot environment)

I get through steps 1-6 in the installation process without hitches. In step 7 I choose the workstation installation type. I proceed to step 8, where I'm presented with the options to partition the free space on my HD automatically or manually. I choose automatic partitioning with the possibility to review the
allocations made by Disk Druid. When I click OK I receive a message saying that DD cannot
make any partitions (or something to that effect). The explanation is that I haven't made a root-directory (/) or that the free space dedicated to RHL9 isn't enough, which is a bit strange, since the default configuration for the workstation installation requires about 2,1 GB of free space. I go back and try to partition my 10 GB free space manually instead (110 MB for the /boot partition, 2*256 MB for the swap partition and the rest to the root partition). But I get the same error message. There is no getting around it. What am I doing wrong or what is wrong? Or in plain language: HEEEEELLLLPPPP!!!
 

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Early in the install process, you need to select which partition will be root, I know you get that message when you skip that step. :) I just installed RedHat on a system, and 10gigs is more than enough! I created a logical partition, and left 16 gigs unused for Linux, then ran the RedHat installation. I selected the manual partitioning option and partitioned the space for Linux during the install. I also didn't use the Linux boot manager, choosing to use BootMagic instead. To use an alternative boot manager, you have to install LILO or GRUB on the Partition Boot Record, not the Master Boot Record.
 

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Thanks for replying johnwill. I'm still a bit puzzled though as to when and where I'm supposed to select a root partition, if not during the actual allocation process. Is it something I do prior to the installation and if so how do i go about it?
 

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I've only been through the installation once, but I know that at one point, you had to select a root partition. I'd suggest that you check the installation document on the document CD. If you didn't download that one, it's probably a good idea to grab it, it's got a lot of info. :)

Since you haven't really put anything on the disk, I'd start the install again, but carefully read each screen when you have to make a decision. I wish I could be more help, but I know I blew past the same prompt once and got your message. :D
 
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