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Old 05-06-2009, 11:27 AM   #1
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Removing Red Hat


Hello, I have a severe problem and since I am not very verse with linux and really need help. Here's my situation:

I removed XP and installed red hat on a public PC in my house. Everyone in the house complained and I am now commissioned to install windows 7 RC1 and remove red hat. Problem is I have no idea what I'm doing. I have the windows 7 RC1 dvd and an external dvd drive. I removed all of the linux partitions on my HDD, but now when I turn on the PC it boots GRUB. I want to boot from the external DVD so I can fresh install windows 7 RC1, but I have no idea where to start, or how to do this. I got into the BIOS, and I changed the boot order. I don't think the MoBo supports booting from the external DVD drive though. I changed the boot order to:
USB device: first
IDE CD-ROM Drive: second
Diskette Drive [A:]: third
Hard Drive: [C:]: Fourth
Broadcome Ethernet Controller: Fifth

but my system still boots GRUB, I can't figure out a way to boot from the windows 7 DVD, so I can install windows 7!! I really could use some help, and I'm begging for some assistance. Thanks! I am a noob and could really use simple language.

Things I have:
external DVD-RW drive (USB)
internal CDROM drive
RedHat installation CDs
Windows 7 RC1 installation DVD

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Old 05-06-2009, 11:36 AM   #2
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Well, the key is probably the BIOS.

When you turn your box on, look for a message saying something like "Press F2 to enter the BIOS"... It could be another key like F12, DEL, ...

When in the BIOS, chose the drive you want to boot on. With a bit of luck it will allow you to boot off a USB, if not... buy an internal DVDRom.

Other advice is welcome if you have a better idea
 
Old 05-06-2009, 11:44 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response, I infinitely appreciate it. I've tried hitting all the typical BIOS buttons, F1, F2, del. But when I do, my system always just boots to GRUB. When I turn my system on, the only message I get on the initial screen is "press any key for Option ROM Messages" and when I press any key during this one-second flash, the system still only boots to GRUB.
 
Old 05-06-2009, 11:51 AM   #4
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You need to read your motherboard manual or find it on the net to find out how to enter it. Is it a known brand or home made. Known brands tend to always use the same.

Nothing wrong in hitting the key multiple times while booting to be sure to hit it at the right time!
 
Old 05-06-2009, 11:54 AM   #5
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Ok, so I got into the BIOS, and I can change the boot order etc. I don't think the MoBo supports booting from the external DVD drive though. I changed the boot order to:

USB device: first
IDE CD-ROM Drive: second
Diskette Drive [A:]: third
Hard Drive: [C:]: Fourth
Broadcome Ethernet Controller: Fifth

but my system still boots GRUB, I can't figure out a way to boot from the windows 7 DVD, so I can install windows 7!!

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Old 05-06-2009, 12:00 PM   #6
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Well, if it can boot of a USB then I suspect it should be able to boot your DVD. Are you sure your DVD is bootable? Maybe try it on another system?

Try putting a Linux CD in the USB DVDRom and see if that boots.

Other than that, I'm out of ideas.
 
Old 05-06-2009, 12:13 PM   #7
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the windows 7 dvd is definitely bootable, I can boot from it on my laptop. However, as per your idea, when I stick the RedHat installation disc in the external drive, I can't boot from that either. Looks like my MoBo can't boot from external DVD drive. Crap! Well thanks anyways eco, look like I'm going to have to buy an internal DVD drive.
 
Old 05-06-2009, 12:27 PM   #8
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... or ignore the rest of the family and stick to linux

Best of luck either way!
 
Old 05-06-2009, 01:58 PM   #9
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or ignore the rest of the family and stick to linux
and install Ubuntu on the box

red hat (RHEL5.3) is meant for the Office for home and new users go with Ubuntu .

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Old 05-06-2009, 02:09 PM   #10
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I've got Ubuntu on my home office PC, I got the red hat installation for free and thought id give it a run on our HTPC on our big screen in our living room. Guess the grass always seems greener on the other side.


I bought a internal dvd drive and am installing windows 7 RC1 on the HTPC right now, its taking FOREVER though. thanks for all the positive input, I really appreciate it.
 
  


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