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Old 08-30-2003, 01:11 PM   #1
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Exclamation Windows 2K refuses to be replaced!!!!


Hiya- I posted here roughly a week ago-declaring my change to a Linux OS cuz my stupid, severly outdated and ill Windows 2K Pro was messin up.
So here I am, trying to reformat the drive cuz the bloody OS takes up the majority of my space. Today I load up, receive a internal error and now Windows would not load up nor could i get a comman prompt. Now as i speak this stupid pop up sayins something like Remote Procedure Call must restart and some other bull but i got 20 seconds so im gong to post and check backl. Please help;
 
Old 08-30-2003, 01:20 PM   #2
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If you are loading a Linux OS and you want to format the partition, this shouldn't be a problem. Pop in the distro's disk and use a tool called 'fdisk' to repartition the harddrive. Your Windows 2000 disk should also have fdisk on it. Then, the HD will be ready and waiting for a nice new Linux OS.
 
Old 08-30-2003, 01:28 PM   #3
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Ok.
But is there a question ? I can't seem to find it

If you want to completely format your HDD, during the installation of LInux, you can select the "Remove All Partitions" option.
This will delete everything.
 
Old 08-30-2003, 02:47 PM   #4
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Yes but wont Win 2K prevent a reformatting if its on the drive? And I cant get a command prompt to begin with, ive tried everything and ive stumped even the morons working tech support at Dell (my computer is a Dell).
 
Old 08-30-2003, 02:50 PM   #5
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my question is, how do i get my computer to even read the CD ROm in the drive? I cant even boot up windows (cuz its missing some crap-and I dont have the sys restore CD cuz ive never been infected by anything before), so I cant even get a command prompt. Ive tried every darn thing known to mankind and short of me replacing teh harddrive on my notebook computer, i cant see any other options. Would my computer automatically sense the Linux CD or not?
 
Old 08-30-2003, 02:55 PM   #6
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OH and another piece of information from my turmoil-Windows doesnt load up cuz i get a message saying its missing or corrupted system file (but i dont have the sys restore disk to being with) isnt there like a default/universal passcode/hotkey to just format the damn thing?
 
Old 08-30-2003, 02:59 PM   #7
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LOL

reboot the computer, when it says "hit del to enter setup" hit the del key (NOT backspace)

have a look round the screen you get for a BOOT DEVICE or Boot order or whatever depends what BIOS version u have)

then set the first boot device to CD-ROM or IDE-0 / 1 / 2 / 3 depending which IDE your disk is setup to use.

then save and exit, shutdown, insert your linux disk, and reboot.

that will boot off your linux install disk.
 
Old 08-30-2003, 03:08 PM   #8
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qwijibow has it about summed up, just be careful not to screw up anything in your bios.

Also if its rebooting every one minute then that is the blaster worm. Since your reformatting then i wont bore you with the how to fix it details :P
 
Old 08-30-2003, 03:09 PM   #9
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ohhhh ohhhh!!!! this works!!! bloody piece of crap works!@!!! Oh i love this site you people are so helpful and intelligent. I promise to contribute but I gotta get this thing taken care of first! Now to just format my drive and install the thing.
 
Old 08-30-2003, 03:11 PM   #10
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Oh the computer that im using to post these messages is an XP... it started to reboot every minute so i fixed the blaster and its ok now, but now im working on me notebook. Thanks for the initiative to help tho.
 
Old 08-31-2003, 07:45 AM   #11
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sweet, thats gotta be the first person ive helped
(asssuming of course it was my post that made that bloody piece of crap work hehe)

does that mean i scored an affero ???

quote:"and ive stumped even the morons working tech support at Dell "

wow, they are morons !
How can u work for a help line, and not even know about the bios !

Ohh, and you probably assumed this, but after you have installed, make sure you change the boot device back so it boots off the hard disk u instaled linux on

(just incase)

Last edited by qwijibow; 08-31-2003 at 07:59 AM.
 
Old 08-31-2003, 06:43 PM   #12
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whats an affero? and thank you soo much for helping me. Now the only thing i need to worry about is how Red Hat doesnt detect my Actiontec modem....
 
  


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