Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
I tried to install linux mandrake 9.2 on my laptop awhile back. I chose to use the partition option that did not format my windows infested hd, my 1st mistake I fear. During the linux setup I did not alocate enough hd space to the linux partition(being the linux noob that I am). So naturally, half way through the install it gave an error message indicating that the installation could not be completed because there was not enough space on the partition. So I decided to just re-format and try again, this time without a windows partition. However, since the aborted linux install, I have not been able to access the bios. I reboot, press f2, and nothing happens. I have tried every key and combonation of keys posible to get in to the bios, to no avail. I am using a Dell inspiron 1100. It has a cd-rw/dvd drive, but no flopy. And the curent boot sequence does not alow a boot from cd-rom. Please help.
Is it even possible that the partial linux install could be related to my bios problem?
Distribution: RH 6.2, Gen2, Knoppix,arch, bodhi, studio, suse, mint
i've seen computers that had their setup stuff in a seperate small partition. maybe on that computer, f2 runs some hidden partition or some software on the hard drive, that it can't find now. that's really just a stab.
i would look on the dell forums. if that laptop doesn't work with the partitions deleted, there would be something about what to do there.
whansard, Im not sure i fully understand what your are talking about, but I can not delete the main partition because the windows setup uses it to boot. The only way I could delete the main partition is if I were to change the boot sequence so that setup could boot off the cd-rom, but I would need acces to the bios to do that.
sirpimpsalot, I am not familiar with "nvram"? Originally I allowed the linux mandrake 9.2 setup disks to do the re-partitioning. Since then I have used windows xp to fromat, but the only way I can do that is to put in the setup disk and let the autorun take over. Also I have tried all of the function keys and the delete key, as well as combining them with ctrl, alt, shift and many other combos. I will try searching the dell forums as well.
peacedog, still same problem, but thanks for the link.
Thanks for all the feed back guys, please let me know if you think of anything else.
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
this is just a huntch, so take it w/a grain of salt. i have seen machine w/bios that has a "quickboot" or "fastboot" option, and as long as that is enabled, it skips the "setup" option during rebbots. i saw it more often on compaq machines than anything else. the only way i ever found around it, was a cold boot. turn the machine off and unplug all power sources for about ten minutes. then plug everything back up and power on. during power on use the setup keystroke for your particular machine. if you get in, disable the quick or fast boot option, and you shouldn't have this problem again. as i stated earlier, i've only seen this a half a dozen times or so, it's quite a shot in the dark, but, i hope it helps.
did you try Alt+Esc, or Esc during boot by itself? When everything else fails that's what I do.
Hope it works, and I agree with people here, your partial installation couldn't have mucked up you bios..
Do you have a restore CD that came with the system from Dell? In my experience they do have that diag partition on the hard disk. If you can do a factory restore, maybe you can start over that way. Just a suggestion.