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I am new to linux os. I just installed linux puppy on my hard drive from a cd. I still have windows 7 on my hard drive also. I can't find the linux puppy files on the hard drive to run the linux puppy os. Can anyone tell me how or where to find these files on my hard drive? I really want to erase windows 7 on this hard drive and just install linux puppy os. How can I erase windows 7 from my hard drive? Thanks in advance for any help. I hate using windows and I really want to use linux if possible.
I am new to linux os. I just installed linux puppy on my hard drive from a cd. I still have windows 7 on my hard drive also. I can't find the linux puppy files on the hard drive to run the linux puppy os.
how did you search for them? From within Windows? - Then it's obvious you won't find anything, because Linux usually installs into a separate partition. I hope Puppy does that too. Very probably one that Windows won't recognize.
Originally Posted by tennisbum
Can anyone tell me how or where to find these files on my hard drive?
In the partition you created or selected during setup.
Originally Posted by tennisbum
I really want to erase windows 7 on this hard drive and just install linux puppy os. How can I erase windows 7 from my hard drive?
Start another OS, for example the newly installed Puppy, delete the Windows partition, and use the space to create a new one for Linux (or resize the existing Linux partition).
But DON'T FORGET TO BACK UP YOUR DATA in Windows before you do that!
If you used Easybcd just select the boot menu at startup to boot puppy
After u have booted to your puppy os you can easily delete the windows partition using the Gparted which in System menu.
And ya don't forget to install the bootloader after you have deleted the windows partition which can be found in System > Grub bootloader config
I'm not at my puppy box at the moment so can not guarentee the following, but it should be close enough to get the idea.
If you are planning to ditch Windows, I assume that when you installed Puppy you elected to install the by using the Full and not the Frugal method.
For the moment, I'd suggest keeping your Windows and Puppy OS's by dual booting. To do this, put the Puppy CD back in and re boot your computer. Once Puppy has finished loading, Right click anywhere on the desktop to bring up the menu. By clicking on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th item from the sub-menu (sorry, I can't remember which) there shall be a mention of "installing the Grub Bootloader". Click on this and follow the on-screen prompts, an important bit is is the 3rd or 4th question where you deviate from the default and you choose to write to the MBR of the first partition.
Puppy shall confirm that it installed Grub and ask if you want to do it again. Answer "No" and reboot the computer. Remove the Puppy CD before it actually reboots and you should be presented with the Grub menu on start up where you can either choose to boot into Puppy or Windows.
If/When you do decide that you really don't want Windows, back up all of your data from Windows (& Puppy), Use gParted from the Puppy menu to delete the Windows partition and either extend the Puppy partition to all of the drive (you may need to do this from the Live CD and unmount the "swap" partiton to do this) or reformat the old Windows partition into a blank Fat32, NTFS or ext3 partition that you can write to from within Puppy or re-install Puppy using the whole drive. Whichever you choose to do, you'll need to run the Grub installer again.
Hope this all makes sense as I'm still a little bit full of Christmas cheer (hic!).
Last edited by newlinuxal; 12-26-2011 at 03:26 PM.
Reason: Edited to include a little bit more infomation and some spelling
Thanks for all of the info and help. After trying to install linux puppy os on my hard drive that also has windows 7 os on it, now I can't boot linux puppy os from the cd rom disc I purchased. The files will not load. I get an error message when I try to boot puppy os from the cd disc and then my computer locks up. I see an error message saying something like linux files kill int! or something close to this. Can anyone tell me how I can fix this problem so I can boot puppy os from the cd disc so I can learn how to use the linux puppy os?
Hi tennisbum, I've not see that warning before but I'm not familiar with the purchased Cd's so I'm not sure how they differ, if at all, from the downloaded and DIY Cd's.
I always download from the internet using links from Puppy web-sites. My preferred version is 4.3.1 even though it is quite old by now. Before Linux, when I only had Windows, I used a free program called Iso Recorder written by Alex Feinman to burn the Linux ISO cd.
Excuse me if I ask some questions about your install:-
Q1) Do you know the boot sequence of your computer? To install a new OS from Cd it should be booting from the optical drive before the Hard Drive. i.e. When you re-boot your computer with the Puppy CD already in the optical drive did/does it boot from the CD (and then stop)? or does it still want to boot into Windows but gets confused and issues the warning about Linux files killing computers (and stops)?.
Q2) Where do you believe that the warning message is coming from?, The computer?, Windows? or Puppy CD?
q3) How did you originally load the Puppy Files? was it by rebooting your computer with the CD already in it and following the instructions from Puppy's "Universal Installer" program? (Correct) OR did you start Windows, pop the CD in and copy the Puppy files from there? (Not Correct).
Q4) Did you partition your drive and install Puppy on it's own ext2/3/4 partition (Full) or did you "Frugal" install and use the Puppy Installer to create it's own partition within the Windows partition?
Thanks for taking the time to help me. I appreciate your efforts. Here are my answers to your questions.
1. My computer is set to boot the cd rom drive first and then the haed drive.
2. I believe the error message is due to a conflict with windows cause the puppy cd worked ok until I tried to install it on my hard drive that already had windows on it. The error message panic something?? and the computer freezes and will not load the rest of the files to run puppy os.
3. I used the frugal install method. It should have made it own directory to install in.
4. As far as I know I did not make a separate partition for puppy. I do notr know how to do this.
Its a simple error of puppy .Defaultly it tries to search the hardisk for puppy file.
You can try this .When u boot ur cd the welcome message is shown and u can pass kernel parameters.
Press f3 before 5 sec and type:
and press enter see if it works .Excuse me for not using quote since I am using from mobile phone right now.
Last edited by slayerking; 12-28-2011 at 02:42 AM.