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Ok, so my boss gives me this computer with Linux KDE 3.1 and tells me to get it up and running on windows. The usual computer guy that set this computer up isn't here anymore so I've been given the task.
Now I have very little experience with Linux and am totally lost on this. My first thought was to format it like i would windows but cannot figure out how. So next I slapped a copy of windows (98se) in the cd drive and rebooted. I chose to boot the computer off the disk. Everyhting seemed ok at first, I chose to run the windows setup and agreed it would delete everything etc... but right after I agreed that all my stuff would be lost it told me:
"Setup cannot install Windows 98 on your computer. A disk error was detected while writing a new boot record to your first hard disk."
So I hit enter then got the message "Memory allocation error. Cannot load COMMAND, system halted"
Then the computer froze.
So i searched around and managed to find a copy of windows xp and windows 2000 pro. I put in the windows 2000 pro disk and booted but it didnt do anything. I figured the disk was messed up (its a burnt copy) so I put in the windows xp, but I think its been registered on another computer but i figured if i can get xp to work on it then from there i can install another copy of windows.
So it boots off the xp disk then says its loading the setup then the screen goes black when its done and nothing happens.
So I was hoping someone would be able to tell me how to format the computer or install one of the copies of windows.
Now reading through the first link it says I need to start the computer with the linux setup floppy disk and then type fdisk at the command prompt. Well I don't have any setup floppies for linux. Can I just type fdisk in the command prompt through Linux after the computer booted normally?
"Another method of removing an operating system from the hard disk and installing a different operating system is to use an MS-DOS version 5.0 or later boot disk, a Windows 95 Startup disk, or a Windows 98 Startup disk that contains the Fdisk utility. Run the Fdisk utility. If you have multiple drives, there are 5 choices; use option 5 to select the hard disk that has the partition to be deleted. After that, or if you have only one hard disk, choose option 3 ("Delete partition or logical DOS drive"), and then choose option 4 ("Delete non-DOS partition"). You should then see the non-DOS partitions you want to delete. Typically, the Linux operating system has two non-DOS partitions, but there may be more. After you delete one partition, use the same steps to delete any other appropriate non-DOS partitions."
Thats the step I got to.
"After that, or if you have only one hard disk, choose option 3 ("Delete partition or logical DOS drive"), and then choose option 4 ("Delete non-DOS partition"). You should then see the non-DOS partitions you want to delete.
The problem is I don't see a list of non-DOS partitions to delete. It just takes me too a screen where it says "Delete non-DOS partitions" then it has "number of fixed partitions: 1" (or something like that) and "press esc to go back" I think. But I can't do anything, not even pressing escape will work. I tried waiting a few minuets but it didnt seem to do anything.
If you want to get red of an operating system, ie linux, for good thewn just use DBAN Deriks Boot and Nuke. you can get it from sourceforge.net: http://dban.sourceforge.net/
Its a cool FREE universal low level formatter that works very quick, at least for me!
Its just a cool little utility to have no matter what harddribe or os you need to remove.
Well I used that boot and nuke program. When I went to start to the computer it said C drive couldn't read the partitions or something so I made one from the boot disk. Now when I stick in the windows 98 disk and start it I choose to boot from the cd as usual then to start windows setup, but then it does a bunch of stuff like loading drivers or something ( It says PCI scan bus complete after each thing) but then once it gets to loading the cd drive it just freezes. I thought maybe it was loading so I left it for a while but it never goes anywhere Ive tride many times. Could I have made the worng kind of partition or something? I was thinking maybe the hard-drive is dying or soemthing.
Hmm, try booting to a command prompt off the CD if that's possible, or a boot floppy. Then type 'fdisk' and follow the directions to delete all the partitions and make the free space into one using the FAT filesystem. Then format it (not sure if there is an option for this in fdisk, 'format C:' should work, if not try different letters), then the installer CD should install.