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Old 09-02-2009, 07:02 AM   #1
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How can i uninstall linux in dual boot


HI I Have XP Home and SUSE 11 (i think) in a dual boot , what i would like to know is ... can i uninstall suse and leave xp as before
my reason for doing this is because i cant use my Canon IP1500 printer
or my webcam in suse.

I have dvd's with UBUNTO and FEDORA 11 i could try
instead of suse , if i delete the partions from with in xp
can i install another linux , ???

or What distro of linux will like my printer and can i use my webcam

Looking forward to your help

Patrick GW1SXN
 
Old 09-02-2009, 07:14 AM   #2
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You can do that. From disk management utility in windows, delete the partitions. Then using the bootable xp cd recover the mbr. You will be able to use xp and suse will be gone.
But dont give up on printer and webcam. Those should be usable. Cheese should allow you to use webcam. For printer drivers website for Canon should show you some way.
 
Old 09-02-2009, 09:35 AM   #3
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Since you wish to install another distribution(s) you could just use the install cd/dvd for the desired distro to do a install. Just boot the install media and be sure to select the SuSe partition as the partition to install too. Your 'grub' should be re-written for you.
 
Old 09-02-2009, 09:40 AM   #4
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gw1sxn,

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HI I Have XP Home and SUSE 11 (i think) in a dual boot , what i would like to know is ... can i uninstall suse and leave xp as before
my reason for doing this is because i cant use my Canon IP1500 printer
or my webcam in suse.
Yes, you can dual boot from Suse and Xp, one at a time, choosing from grub boot. Yes you can install Suse without destroying your Xp. Use Xp partition manager to provide a space for the Suse from the "extended partition drives" reserving primary partitions to windows xp.

It is true that canon attitude toward open software is not greatly admirable. But ip1500 like ip1300 (this one is most notorious) can use ip2200 linux driver. I have installed Canon ip1300 on Slackware, Mint and Ubuntu, only a little hacking is done and there is a good website to learn from. (Post later if you need this help, I can point to you.)

My webcam ran on Linux Mint and slackware, no problem. Have you tried other distros? try liveCD's in Ubuntu, etc. You can find out which distro can auto run your webcam, they're free, click and visit this site.
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Sorry, I thought the question was "can I install" it is rather the opposite.

The answer is yes. So long as your xp was running while suse was in dual boot with it. Simply delete the suse partition. Then use Xp Recovery Console, under command prompt issue mbr commands (there are two good commands for that: just type "help" or " ? " at the prompt, you shall be given options of commands. I forgot already, sorry, I haven't been with xp for a time now) to correct the mbr and point to ntloader booting xp again. No need to reinstall Xp.

HOpe this helps.

good luck.

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Old 09-02-2009, 10:04 AM   #5
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Wrong way round. You need to fixmbr first, then delete the partition in Windows.
 
Old 09-02-2009, 10:13 AM   #6
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Would you really need to replace the MBR? Grub should still point to the correct partisan and if he's going to install another distro later having grub already there will making installing a bit simpler. However, if you are going to replace the MBR I agree with brianL, replace MBR fist then delete partition. But still the best thing to do would be delete Windows partition and update Grub.
 
Old 09-02-2009, 10:23 AM   #7
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No, not if he's installing another distro.
 
  


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