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Old 04-13-2005, 02:12 PM   #1
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Newer, Bigger Problems


A day or so I installed mandrake 10.1 believing I was installing it as part of a dual boot system with Win ME. UH-OH!! Appareently that did not happen, and the FAT32 file system is GONE! I can only start Mandrake from the HDD. I can launch the Win ME start-up disk from the Floppy drive, but when I attempt to run FDISK the machine just locks up.

I HAVE A 20 GIG HDD THAT ISN'T MUCH MORE THAN A PAPER WEIGHT.

How do I get rid of Mandrake and get back to basics?

WHAT DO I DO NOW?
 
Old 04-13-2005, 02:28 PM   #2
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Consider yourself lucky you blew away Windows ME. No seriously, do have any other Windows installer like a cd? You can't install ME at all?
 
Old 04-13-2005, 02:42 PM   #3
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Thanks Crashed_Again. Actually at this poing, I'm wishing I had written Bill Gates a letter of thanks for all the great years I have enjoyed with Windows. The letter before ux in Linux shouldn't be 'n', but a letter a little farther down the alphabet.

I haven't tried to set it up from the win ME CD. I usually format the HDD first, then install ME. I can try from the CD, but at this point I'm not encouraged. Don't think the HDD has bit the dust because it will still rom Mandrake.
 
Old 04-13-2005, 02:53 PM   #4
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Can't install from the CD because there is no DOS boot partition on the HDD, and I can't creat one with FDISK.
 
Old 04-13-2005, 03:33 PM   #5
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Here may be a small clue. Looking at the HDD with Mandrake, Hada 1 is still on the HDD. What happens if i do a complete reinstall of mandrake? ( I thought we only had to do that with Windows)
 
Old 04-13-2005, 03:34 PM   #6
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You can use the Mandrake Linux CD for creating a FAT32 partition...

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Can't install from the CD because there is no DOS boot partition on the HDD, and I can't creat one with FDISK.
Don't forget to thank Bill Gates for that also
 
Old 04-13-2005, 03:37 PM   #7
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fantastic enemorales, I don't know how to do that, but I will try to find out. THANKS!!!!!!!
 
Old 04-13-2005, 03:58 PM   #8
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I created a FAT32 partition, but I still can't get FDISK to run. I'll keep trying. Please send more clues
 
Old 04-13-2005, 04:45 PM   #9
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Thanks to the brilliance of enemorales, Mandrale is gone, the entire HDD is once again a big fat beautiful FAT32 HDD, and is formatting as we speak. I will work at learning how to boot Knoppix from the HDD when I get Win ME reinstalled.

enemorales THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
  


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