Don't know the exact error message but this could be caused by two
1) Are you specifying a size in MB in disk druid? If so, it may be
rounding and even though it says it has, say, 2167MB free you can only
create a partition of, say, 2143 (pulling these numbers out of the
air). Try making a partition that is a couple of MB smaller than what
it says is available.
2) Booting could be a problem. LILO, the Linux Loader that will get
installed on the Master Boot Record if you get to that point and let it,
can only load the kernel if it is contained on the disk in cylinders(or
whatever) less than 1024 because of BIOS limitations (it uses the disk
BIOS to read in the kernel). Starting your only Linux partition after
the 8GB DOS partition may put everything on that partition beyond the
reach of LILO. Disk Druid may be detecting this and not letting you do
If it's 1, you'll have to live without using ALL of your hard drive,
although you may be able to squeeze a swap partition in the left over
If it's 2, Disk Druid is acting stupid. There are other ways of booting
linux besides LILO. You could copy the kernel onto your DOS partition
and use loadlin to load the kernel from DOS off that drive and boot into
Linux (You can even set this up as a DOS boot-menu item to pick between
Win98 and Linux by running loadlin as a config.sys driver).
You can always use the fdisk method and manually create the partitions
outside of Disk Druid. If you're a DOS expert this should not be too
> First I have to apologize. I have no experience at all with Linux, but I'm
> more or less an expert in all Dos stuff.
> I have a PII 333MHz PC with a 10 GB harddrive with a 8GB partition for Win98
> (boot partition). When I try to create a native Linux partion on this
> remaining 2GB I get the error message in Disk Druid, that the boot drive is
> too large although I can create a 127MB swap partition.
> What is wrong ? Are 8GB too much for the Win98 stuff.