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Old 07-27-2007, 05:31 PM   #1
meenakshi
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Uninstalling Fedora 7 on a Linux-only system


As much as I like Linux, I hate not being able to get on the Internet. For the time being, I'm looking to use XP.

I did a Linux-only system even though I'm a beginner, my XP installation was pretty degraded and I figured it'd be fairly easy to reinstall XP if I didn't like it.

I'm running Fedora 7 on an older Inspiron, but the uninstall guides I've read seem to be written for dual-boot systems. I'm running Linux only.

I'm still pretty fresh to Linux, so I'm a little intimidated by some of the uninstall guides.

Thanks, I really appreciate it!
 
Old 07-27-2007, 05:41 PM   #2
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As much as I like Linux, I hate not being able to get on the Internet. For the time being, I'm looking to use XP.
Surely the question should not be how to remove it, but why does your internet not work in Linux. Fedora 7 is more than capable of accessing the internet. Perhaps you should post how you connect and what happens when you try to access the internet and then help could be offered to get you online in Linux and remove the need for you to return to the "other" OS.

Leom
 
Old 07-27-2007, 05:43 PM   #3
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You don't need to uninstall Linux. The Windows installer should be able to do whatever needs to be done. The most that you would have to do is to uninstall the boot loader. You can do that by writing zeroes to the MBR but that shouldn't even be necessary.

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Old 07-27-2007, 06:44 PM   #4
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Since I can only access the Internet by wireless and not by ethernet cord, no, I cannot access the Internet. My wireless card is not recognized by Fedora.


I am only interested in uninstallation right now, but thanks.
 
Old 07-27-2007, 06:45 PM   #5
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have you tried finding drivers for it?
 
Old 07-27-2007, 06:47 PM   #6
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No, I cannot find any working drivers for my wireless card. Thank you, but I am only interested in uninstalling Fedora.
 
Old 07-27-2007, 07:00 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by meenakshi
No, I cannot find any working drivers for my wireless card. Thank you, but I am only interested in uninstalling Fedora.
I think I see where this is going...

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Did you think the colors were ugly?
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Yes, but I am only interested in uninstalling Fedora
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Did you like the restrictive nature regarding questionable licenses?
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No, it sucks, I think Fedora might have a chance in this world if it were more flexible. Thanks, I'm only interested in uninstalling Fedora.




The advise above is of course correct, plop in your windows CD and run through install, removing all existing partitions at that part of the install. Optionally you can blank out your boot loader now, while you have Linux on there and then run through the install, but most of the time (everytime for me) the windows install takes care of this as well.

Good luck!

-Chad
 
Old 07-27-2007, 07:29 PM   #8
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Hmm. I understand that you want to get rid of Linux and re-install Windows XP but there is a small chance that you missed something on your wireless card. Have you tired posting anything on "your wireless card wont work" in the LQ forums? What is your model, hardware version, brand, etc. Now it is worth trying to fix this problem... if you can find something about your product regarding linux than that would truly give you the answer you need. If you had searched Google you would have found 1 of 2 things, results that said your card is not compatible or results that tell you it is and usually comes with a very NON user friendly guide.

Not trying to insult you in anyway because I am both a Windows, Linux and MAC user but I think you are giving in a little to easy.... if you are sure you don't want to give it one more shot than just place your XP disk in your drive and when you computer starts you should see "PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD." If you do not see this then you will need to enter your BIOS and change the BOOT priority.

Best of luck and I would be happy to help you try and find the correct drivers for your wireless card as I imagine many others on this forum would, as going back to Windows is probably not what most people want to hear one here.

Cheers!
 
Old 07-27-2007, 07:29 PM   #9
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Thanks I don't hate Linux but with my current setup (sharing Internet with the next-door neighbor) I think XP is a better option, and I'm getting sick of stealing my roommate's computer

I have the reinstallation disk that came with my laptop, and when I run it from the CD drive, the screen goes blank. I'm not sure if this is just because I have the reinstallation disk and not a boxed version of Windows - those who I've talked to say it shouldn't matter.

Sorry for the dumb questions, I'm computer literate but not extremely so :/
 
Old 07-27-2007, 07:33 PM   #10
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Ok there could be a problem with your laptop now. See some manufactures require a sector on your disk for the mother board (had a similar problem at work). See when you loaded Linux it blew everything on your hard drive away, probably the part your manufactures "restore CD" required.

Do you get the initial boot screen? Can you get into the BIOS settings by pressing whatever key gets you in? Example F2, F8, F12, or delete.... maybe ESC?
 
Old 07-27-2007, 07:34 PM   #11
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Since I'm running an older laptop, and have done the searches, yes, I have for certain concluded that Linux does NOT support my wireless card. I have Googled, I have searched this and other forums, I've asked more seasoned Linux users with a similar setup. Even if I could find a driver, I have no way of getting it onto my computer, since I cannot access the Internet by cord. Simply put, it's wireless or nothing when it comes to the Internet right now.

Again, I am not giving up on Linux, but for my current system it's not in my best interests to have a Linux-only system.

I've put the disk in the drive, and ran it, and seen the "press any key" button - and my screen goes blank. I hear the CD drive working to read it, but nothing comes up. :/
 
Old 07-27-2007, 07:36 PM   #12
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Ok there could be a problem with your laptop now. See some manufactures require a sector on your disk for the mother board (had a similar problem at work). See when you loaded Linux it blew everything on your hard drive away, probably the part your manufactures "restore CD" required.

Do you get the initial boot screen? Can you get into the BIOS settings by pressing whatever key gets you in? Example F2, F8, F12, or delete.... maybe ESC?
Yup, I can get to the setup screens fine - I get to the part where it says "press any key" and after I press a key the screen just goes black. It runs and everything, just... black. :/
 
Old 07-27-2007, 07:37 PM   #13
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Ok could be a bad CD/DVD. When the screen goes blank try pressing your NUM LOC KEY, if you can turn that on and off then your computer isn't frozen - chances are that restore disk is no good. If that is the case than I would suggest downloading your Windows XP version from Bit Torrents (Strickly for this backup purpose) and then of course using your friends computer write it to CD and use that CD for your Windows XP install. Have you used Torrents?

Once you have XP running you could install VMware Server and install Linux on there....

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Old 07-27-2007, 09:06 PM   #14
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Ok could be a bad CD/DVD. When the screen goes blank try pressing your NUM LOC KEY, if you can turn that on and off then your computer isn't frozen - chances are that restore disk is no good. If that is the case than I would suggest downloading your Windows XP version from Bit Torrents (Strickly for this backup purpose) and then of course using your friends computer write it to CD and use that CD for your Windows XP install. Have you used Torrents?

Once you have XP running you could install VMware Server and install Linux on there....
Thanks! The lights for the num lock key turn on and off, so it must be something wrong with the disc. I know someone who works in education that gets those restore disks by the pound, so I'll get a replacement and if that doesn't work, download on bittorrent.

Thanks for the tip about VMware - I planned on setting up a dual system after reinstalling XP, which is what I should've done in the first place!
 
Old 07-27-2007, 09:46 PM   #15
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I had a similar problem with the XP install going to a black screen, but it was on a desktop. The problem was that I had a hard drive jumper pin set to SATA II instead of SATA I. Something to keep in mind if another Windows disc does not fix the problem.

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