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I tried it once, and when the FC4 installition was complete it worked fine, but when I tried to boot into Windows, my PC took it the the system recovery. I tried the Windows System Recovery, and Windows worked fine, but then I couldn't boot Fedora. I did a full system restore after things started to mess up and now FC4 isn't on my PC anymore. I need some help with the installition of FC4 please!
Here's my PC faqs-
HP Pavilion a330n
AMD Athlon XP 3000+ (2.16 GHz)
512 MB RAM
120 GB Hard Drive (only one)
I'm working on getting Partition Magic on my PC and resizing about 13-20 GB for FC4. Any help would really be appreciated.
Booting windows into recovery mode probably made it erase the Master Boot Record. See, windows is not really comprehensive that you might be running another OS on your pc. I'm sure FC4 is still on your computer, it's just a matter of letting the MBR know that it is an option at startup. There is probably some FC4 system recovery thing if you boot with FC4 cd but from my (obsolete) experience with FC it is a pain in the butt to have it rewrite the MBR so I always ended up reinstalling the whole thing just so it would write that damn MBR. everything was fine after. And I really don't think that FC's installation is responsible for your windows going into recovery mode, maybe it just didn't shut down properly.
Another option (yes you will hear that a lot around here) is to get rid of windows and install only linux. You will end up learning and getting hooked to it much faster but also you won't have to worry about dual booting
At this point rather than hassle with anything, if Windows is up and running fine, I would try to reinstall FC4, and pay very close attention to the process, I would avoid using the "automatic" option when it comes to partitioning, and actually check it yourself.
luxton.blogware.com/kylere/bookmark/index.htm is where I keep my "I am a dummy and cannot figure half this stuff out" links to save my heinie almost daily learning linux. The install step thrus there are very handy.
Thanks you kylere, I'll definately chack the site out. And about the partitioning, I use Paragon Partition Manager 6.0, and I was wondering if you're actually supposed to format the partion to fat or ext3 or something like that before the linux installation. I did use the automatick partition, but it seemed to work ok, I checked it and it was going to install on the free space I made. Booting into linux works fine, but when I use GRUB to boot into WinXP, the screen takes me to the hp system recovery screen.
I am by no means an expert, but my best guess based on the amount of screwing up I have done so far is that for me (80gig HD) I presetup a clean 10gig NTFS partition, and a 40GIG FAT32 partition then installed XP. Then I booted the FC4 DVD and told it it that I would set the partitions, and I added a 1.5GIG swap (swap drive sizes are silly, I have read everything from not needing them to 1.5 times your RAM so I err'd on the side of caution and wnet 1.5 times my RAM) and used all the remaining space for an ext3 partition.
FC4 installed there, and I have not had a problem with that aspect since. There is an issue about where grub installs, and it having to be in the first 2gig of HD space, I am willing to bet that may be causing your issue, but it is from a windows knowledge perspective, while I remain a linux newbie.
thanks for all the help, I figured out what was wrong, during the install I was telling GRUB to boot WinXP from the recovery partition it has, that's why it kept booting into the recovery screen, I got it fixed now, but I still have to get my wireless to work with FC4.