I susspect it' the old 500MB story and it's a PC not
Linux, especially not a RedHat problem.
In order for
any OS to boot its _boot_partition_ must end before the end
of the first 500MB of the first hard drive. It usually means
a BIG mess on the partition table if you use more then just one
OS, however. If you have everything installed on the 700MB partition
try to boot from the boot floppy you created during installation
- you DID create the boot floppy, did you not! This should work fine
regardless of the size and location of your partition.
If it does not
there is sth. I do not understand, nevertheless, the next step is to
repartition your HDD so that you have a minimum of 50MB Linux
partition which ends before the 500MB threshold. Of course, 50MB is
much too small for Linux but the rest can be installed anywhere i.e.
most commonly above the 500MB on another partition. Install the
very basic parts of Linux on the 50MB and try to fire it up in this
Next mount the other partition - the main Linux partition as
`\usr' and install all the packages you desire. Then you can enjoy
your box for as long as you don't do too much!
If you want to make
your box productive you have to do two more things: move the \home
directory to \usr\home or create a separate partition that you'll
mount as \home or play it as you will BUT don't forget to
change all the users home directories to the new location!
The second thingy is to move the \tmp directory to somewhere more
spacious i.e. as above (\usr\tmp or a new partition). This will
be more troublesome as there is a socket somewhere in the \tmp tree
which will not be that easy to move. I don't remember exactly
how I've done it myself but for sure I had to refere to the
`Running Linux' by O'Reil&Ass... excellent book, buy it before
For experimenting you don't have to install the swap file, especially
with your 32MB. If you do, HDD is the fastes in the middle, so
locate your swap partition exactly in the middle of your HDD, say
you have 2GB HDD, place your swap from 1GB to 1GB+64MB (swap is usually
twice the size of your phisical memory)
If you have further problems drop me an email, I'm not too keen on
I'll swap my soul for Microsoft bankruptcy.