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Old 05-01-2003, 12:35 AM   #46
Sadie Newlinux
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Originally posted by CodeWarrior
Personally I think I will just buy another Harddrive and dedicate it all to Linux. THey are pretty cheap; I saw a 40GB Maxtor harddrive for $50 after rebates. <snip> Guys I think you saved me money and a lot of headaches. Thanks!
I wish I'd had the money, and the foresight to attempt this first. It would've been a lot easier to take the machine down for an hour, install a new harddrive, and then put mandrake on it. My only question would be, how do you get a dual-boot out of it.. I like having the boot menu. lol

It's nice to know that my headache is preventing yours! *wink*
 
Old 05-01-2003, 03:00 AM   #47
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Yep - good luck with your dual drives.

I'm with you on the money, Sadie. Blown monitor, another monitor. Winmodem, another modem. Starts to add up. Regarding dual-drive-booting, as far as I know, you just point lilo at /dev/hdb1 rather than /dev/hda2, say.
 
Old 05-01-2003, 05:18 AM   #48
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2 HD's is a good idea and poses no problem at all, Mandrake can handle this with ease ! ( got 2 x 60G myself )

Sadie, how are you getting along ? Are all problems solved ?

Bruno
 
Old 05-01-2003, 09:18 AM   #49
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2 HD's is a good idea and poses no problem at all, Mandrake can handle this with ease ! ( got 2 x 60G myself )

Sadie, how are you getting along ? Are all problems solved ?

Bruno
lol - I wish! First I couldn't boot into linux via CD, so I posted and got some help in that regard. I'm able to boot in using Mandrake Disc 1 and the "rescue" command now. It gives me only terminal access, but that was good enough to go looking for that lilo.conf file in the /etc directory.

However, it wasn't there. MasterC has been giving me some pointers in the other thread.. telling me how to do a "find" to see if the file exists, and if it doesn't, how to be sure the drive is mounted. I just hadn't gotten around to it yet. Here I am now, and guess what I'm about to do.

Cross your fingers for me, since I'll at least have more information when I come back. I just wish I could figure out what happened.. it was very confusing. First time I installed this (when I lost windwos) it just installed smooth as you please and I didn't have to worry about manual partitions.. it just did it.

I must've done something wrong when I set up the manual partitions. Mounted something in the wrong place or something. Who knows?
 
Old 09-04-2003, 02:34 PM   #50
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Sadie,
because you're using an HP machine, you may have to use the HP disk management utility(should be DL able from HPs web site) to zero out you HDD before you repartition. I've found that resizing or partitioining with PM usually renders the HDD unreadable by the Windows or unix fdisks until you zero the drive and start over. Then, I'd recommend just creating a single partition of however many GB you want for your windows partition and leave the rest of the drive unpartitioned. Load XP, make sure it works, and then install Linux. Linux should automatically see the XP partition and adjust itself accordingly.

RD
 
Old 09-04-2003, 02:53 PM   #51
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Re: Re: Linux, Windows XP and FDISK!

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- hardware makers are just satellites of MS and contributing to making PCs as proprietary as Apples. The great virtue of PCs was the clones and IBM not stopping them. So now, instead of IBM controlling PCs, MS does and we're back at square one.
No kidding! I'm having problems with Win2K Pro which was installed on my Gateway machine when I bought it. The folks at Gateway claim they know not how to deal with the problem. They tell me I need to call Microsoft. But Microsoft always wants the Serial Number from my copy of Win 2K and, since the Serial Number contains "OEM" they won't help me unless I pay them. And since it's win 2K Pro paid help is $250 a pop - not one of the "features" they boast about when they are trying to talk you into the "Professional" verison!

I told the helpless Microdick that it seemed to me that I was fu**ed. He said we should keep it on a "professional level" and I said, "OK then, I guess I'm professionally fu**ed!"
 
Old 09-04-2003, 10:36 PM   #52
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Talking HPs and My Nightmare

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Sadie,
because you're using an HP machine, you may have to use the HP disk management utility(should be DL able from HPs web site) to zero out you HDD before you repartition.
RD
Wow, first let me say it's a pleasure to know that anyone is still reading this! Secondly, I should probably mention that I *did* finally get both OS's onto the system, but somehow, in the process, I ate the linux bootloader. (I can boot via floppy - or at least, I *could* five months ago when I finally threw my hands up in the air and took a break!)

I have another thread where I ask questions about getting the bootloader back, and I'll probably try some of those tips in the future. Right now, I'm laid up with a health problem - and thank god for laptops! (Although I can't internet access on a regular basis yet - anyone have a wireless modem they're looking to give away? I can only manage to sit up for a few minutes at a time each day, which makes plugging up to the home network and sitting in the office to surf a *big* pain! lol)

In the meantime, you might find it amusing to note that while my desktop is a Compaq (owned by HP).. I went out and bought an HP laptop. Not intentionally, I assure you. It was on sale, I got a great deal and it had everything that I wanted. Of course, now I might have other issues due to the proprietary OEM versions that seem to be so prevalent with this particular manufacturer. Let's hear it for building you own system! (I can't wait until laptops advance to that point *and* they don't cost $3000 for you to do it. My mother-in-law bought an alienware laptop - got to pick everything in it, right down to the OS - and spent $3400. eek!)

Can you tell I'm bored? lol At any rate, here's my update. Desktop (Compaq) is still running Windows XP, has linux on dual partition but bootloader is not loading. Laptop is running a dual boot Windows XP and linux and functions fine except for a few small problems.

1) In order to get linux to finally load without it either eating Windows XP or vice-versa, I had to *not* use the restore disks which came with the system. Just a note of caution for many of you out there in this situation - many of the restore disks are set to automatically partition the harddrive and do it in one way only. They don't give you the option of deciding how you want it partitioned. I, luckily, also got a Windows XP OS disk, and I installed that. This allowed me to choose the partition size and location but had two major drawbacks. a - No drivers. None of the proprietary drivers that made the system work so well were available on the OS disk. I had to do some hunting to get the drivers! ick. b - None of the software that came with the system - like WordPerfect and DVD burner, etc - were available on anything but the restore disk, and I - as yet - have figured out no way to access those files. If anyone comes up with anything, let me know - lol.

2) My sound card is not working with Mandrake. It is listed as a Sound Blaster 16 Pro compatible. (Which I guess means it's a generic.) I've tried multiple drivers with it, and I'm having no luck. Last I heard in the MDK9.1 files, there is no support for SB16. I guess my card counts as an SB16 and not an SBPro, since I can't get any sound except a system bell in linux. The system keeps telling me the sound server isn't loaded, and even if I go into MDK Control Center and manually load it, it still doesn't see it being loaded. *sigh*

3) The mouse on the laptop is *really* weird with the mouse drivers available. Anyone know if there's a particular laptop mouse driver available for MDK?

4) I have not yet figured out how to get my PCMCIA card working (haven't tried yet), and my laptop battery to show it's charge like it does for windows. Not too important though.

All in all, I'm pleased with the way linux runs on the laptop and I spend more time in it that in Windows. I was also fortunate that all I had to do was plug the laptop into the network and linux recognized that I was on a network and that there was an internet connection available. *That* was truly a pleasure!

Thanks, everyone, for the great posts! And I'm right with those who are complaining that the computer is, in a sense, becoming the next "idiot box". Unlike TV, it doesn't "rot your brain", but if the manufacturers keep treating us like we don't have one, it may happen anyways.

Incidentally, I'd never buy another Gateway. I had one, and had too much trouble with it.

Take care all!
 
Old 09-04-2003, 10:38 PM   #53
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P.S. - In case anyone is wondering. I *am* losing track of what I've asked for help with where. lol It's a little confusing when you've posted multiple threads, so if I repeat myself please forgive me! (If you want to be kind, you could always assume it's the painkillers that I'm on!) *grin*
 
Old 10-11-2003, 09:41 AM   #54
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Similar problem here...Had issues with Partition Magic at boot and I finally fdisked...now even my BIOS will not notice my hard drive!!! The hard drive must have pissed off the whole computer!!! Linux will not install: "no physical drive". WinlowsXP will not install: "can not read drive C:"

I think I need a new Hard Drive!!! Any thoughts?
 
  


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