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Old 10-26-2003, 09:57 AM   #1
at.walton
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Exclamation Dual boot (adding windows to a Linux system)


Hi, I currently have a system running Redhat 9. Everything runs perfectly, but i want to remove redhat, then install windows, then reinstall redhat in a dual boot scenario.

I have followed many tutorials (even the one on the Microsoft website which "suprisingly" was the least help)

It told me to load up linux with the Linux setup floppy disk (which i assume is the boot disk i made when installing Redhat)

It then says type "fdisk" at the command prompt

I DON'T HAVE A COMMAND PROMPT! (from what i can see)

when i boot from the floppy i get:

boot:

i then type fdisk

my computer then says:

"could not find kernel image: fdisk"

Can anybody tell me where I'm going wrong?

Thanks a lot!

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Old 10-26-2003, 10:08 AM   #2
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Welcome ot LQ.

If you are just trying to wipe everything then you should just be able to load windows and set up the partitions there. if it is an older windows os like win98 or win95 then you need to use the windows boot floppy to boot to a dos prompt then use "fdisk" to remove all partitions then add a partition for windows, reboot and format it using "format C:". Then install windows and after that you can install linux.
 
Old 10-26-2003, 10:47 AM   #3
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it will screw up your boot loader , so you will have to reinstall your bootloader after the install....
keep your linux bootdisk or the install cd1 ready .....

(if you reinstall the boot loader then you wont have to install rh9 ,
ofcourse if you are sure abt what you do , go ahead )
 
Old 10-26-2003, 11:30 AM   #4
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I have tried to change the partitions using win2k but it simply tells me the partitions have been formatted using an unknown filesystem.

Have any ideas of how to get around this?
 
Old 10-26-2003, 11:34 AM   #5
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Ok - then boot with RH CD1 then at the "boot:" prompt type "linux rescue".

Once you get to a shell prompt you can use the linux "fdisk" to remove the partitions.
 
Old 10-26-2003, 11:53 AM   #6
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ok, and this will erase all partitions and data by typing that?

(sorry if i sound dumb)

(by the way, thanks for your help so far)
 
Old 10-26-2003, 01:26 PM   #7
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Not automatically - you ned to point it at the drive that you want to manage the partitions of - eg:
fdisk /dev/hda

Then once fdisk has loaded press "d" then enter the partition number you want to delete - it will tell you how many partitions are there - do this for each one then hit "w" to write the partition table to disk.
 
Old 10-27-2003, 08:19 AM   #8
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you can get help for the various functionalities by pressing m;
fdisk is a menu driven program...
 
  


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