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I think i mentioned it before, you have to make sure you install Windows first, onto the first partition which you formated as NTFS/FAT and linux onto the second unformated/unallocated drive. So you install linux after you installed Windows. Just a HINT: if you have the update version of winxp, you will need to install Windows98 first, and then install windowsxp. If you have the full version xp, then while still in command promt just navigate to your cdrom drive either F: D: E: one of them, and then just type setup, your installation should start.
Based on what I have read, I think you are right to try to get Windows working again before attempting to install Linux (but that isn't absolutely necessary). There are two important questions.
First, did you overwrite or reformat the SCSI drive that previously had a working Windows OS? If not, you really only need to repair the master boot record (MBR). You have instructions on how to do this in an earlier reply. If you changed the boot order (in your BIOS set up) to boot the IDE drive first, you will have to change that back. You want the BIOS to look at the SCSI disk MBR and find the Windows boot loader there.
Second, how big is your IDE drive (hdb)? Perhaps the message you are receiving during the Windows installation is complaining because there are multiple partitions and none is large enough, or there is not enough free space available for Windows. If this is the case, get a bootable CD like the Knoppix CD or the GParted Live CD, or you may be able to use the Fedora CD. You need something with partitioning tools on it, so you can repartition and format the IDE drive. Windows will be happy if you just create free space or if you create a large enough FAT or NTFS partition. Once the disk is prepared, you can install and run Windows from this drive, but you will have to make sure it is the first boot device in the BIOS.
If you have destroyed your Windows installation on the SCSI drive, and you still want to try to reinstall it there, you probably need a driver for the SCSI controller (you want it on a floppy disk). In a previous post, it was suggested that you watch your computer during boot-up and get the information on the SCSI controller (alternately, if it is an add-in PC board, you can open the case and look at it). Either way, identify the SCSI controller and try searching for a driver on the internet. If the SCSI controller came with the computer, try the manufacturer's support site. (You can't be the first person with this problem.) Early in the Windows install process, you are asked if you want to install third party drivers for a SCSI controller. I think you hit the F6 key, if this is the case. You will then be asked to supply the driver on a floppy. If all goes well, the driver gets installed and the installer hums right along.
My final piece of advice regards skipping Windows for now and installing Linux. You can have a working computer without Windows, which will help you to eventually solve your Windows problem. If installing Fedora is a big problem, why not go with MEPIS or Ubuntu? I think they are both a bit easier to deal with. If the SCSI drive is a problem, change the BIOS to make the IDE drive the first boot device and install Linux there. Later, when you get around to reinstalling Windows, ask for some help here before starting, so you will have a plan to work from.
ok, thanks rob, i will attempt using your advice if my current plan fails... Since it is such a b**** to format a scsi, i will be setting the ide for master (btw it has 36 gb of memory) and completely removing the scsi from the system, I will then get into dos through the windows instillation, and completely format the drive, i will then install windows and have windows on my ide drive. Then i will reinstall the scsi as a slave, and install fedora core on that.
though installing linux might be a problem, i have tried nearly every setting combination possible, and i still have yet to install linux correctly. At first i got the message (as i said) error loading operating system, now i'm getting another error.