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I thought i fixed my problem.
I uninstalled linux and made a 15 gig windows partition off of a 30 gig drive and left the other part blank.
I tried to reinstall linux and it says it cant read my partition table
and when i try to press F1 at the installation screen and type lin4win it doesnt work
I have mandrake 8.0
Thanks for any help brandon.
I had the exact same problem a few months ago i believe. yu say yu were using a linux files system on the hard drive at one point in the past?
Well, use this only as a last resort and if someone does not post a more wholesome technique to partitioning, but:
The quickest thing might be to fdisk the whole damn thing, install windows, run a defrag, run fips to resize the partition and that would totally take care of the problem... but that would be too much...
I noticed that the partition writing utility that a lot of newer versions of mandrake has will not detect an older ext2 table (dont ask me why... i have no idea whatsoever--ask trickykid).
You may have to get yur hands on an older distro-- like redhat 6.2 for 10$ or buy partiton magic for 50$... these will do the trick against this problem quickly without data loss...
I realize these are very unconventional and terible disk imaging repair technique but this has been the only way this has been ever fixed permanently without using the above fdisk procedure.
Slug you ask? What happened with it? A long story... but I dont mind telling it.
The very first month I started using Linux I noticed a lot of internet talk about LUGS (linux-user-groups). There are 2 Lugs on the north side of town but I hate to go up there... I figured what the hell: Why dont I start one for the southside. Now, to be honest, the southside of Atlanta is where all the derelicts, white trash, etc live. At least thats how the rest of Atlanta views it. So, you can see this was a bad idea from the start.
I have a couple of friends who will remain nameless that are actually my cousin-in laws. I am 32 but they are 18 and 16. Dont worry Im not a weirdo just a geek. I told them I had started using Linux and they were a little intrigued and wanted to use it on their computers but, of course, their parents owned them and were afraid they might mess up the hard drives and such.
So, I suggested that we start a LUG and we were gonna call it SALUG but that sounded stupid so we settled on SLUG. I tried spamming people in Atlanta chatrooms (they were usually just people, gays mostly I suppose, tryin to "hook up" locally and had no interest, probably, in computers other than using it to find a sex-mate), I posted notes at CompUsa, and finally, (I thought this couldnt miss...) at Clayton State University nearby.
I started getting a few emails and even less phonecalls. The emails were somewhat encouraging but the phone calls were downright rough. Only 2 people called: the CompUsa people and Clayton State. They both asked me to refrain from "advertising" at their establishments. CompUsa even told me they felt that I would be taking money from them what with their training seminars and all. This really bothered me because earlier i had tried to find a modem that would work with linux and they totally had no idea-- plus in all their "training" postings they never mentioned linux anywhere.
At any rate, I had 10 people who promised to show up from emails. Even a few heavy hitters that supposedly knew what the hell they were doing. I told them that, although I was heading SLUG, I in no way had any idea what the hell I was doing on the technical side of things. I figured we'd go over linux, what it was and do an install seminar, have some pizza and split.
My cousin-in laws and I booked a meeting room at the Holiday Inn in Stockbridge. We had bought 5 pizzas and some drinks. I had my outlines, distro cds and literature ready. Well, no one even showed up. We waitied 2 hours...not even one person. Finally, one guy stuck his head in and asked us what were we doing there. He was from out of town and staying at the hotel. He saw the "SLUG Meeting" on the door and was somewhat interested. He asked me what SLUG was and I told him a little bit about linux. He said he'd heard of it but didnt know what the hell it was.
Since it was Saturday and not really a busy day for him he said he'd come in and take a gandering at it. He went to his room and brought some beer. I showed him how to set up a dual boot with win95 and redhat. He kinda got the idea but didnt think it was for him.
So, as you can see, it was a dismal failure and I have given up on it ever since-- SLUG that is. Not enough high tech rednecks here. I could have done a way better job advertising it but I really didnt I guess. Where does the average South Atlanta Linuxer User hang out? After that I met one dude who worked at mediaplay who commented on me buying an Apache book. That was it.
So, if you're interested in getting this sort of thing done make sure you market the group!
Originally posted by philfighter I noticed that the partition writing utility that a lot of newer versions of mandrake has will not detect an older ext2 table (dont ask me why... i have no idea whatsoever--ask trickykid).
hehe... Not sure on this one as I haven't touched Mandrake since 7.0.
ok when you typed lnx4win that is for installing mandrake into the windows partition,this is the way i did it at first myself just to get a feel for it. before i go any further i appologize if i assumed wrong. anyway the install should pick up the 2nd partition and ask if you want to install in that one, if not maybe your best bet Would be to get an older version. I had 7.2 b4 i got 8.0. hope i am not too confusing here lol but i KNOW 7.2 will pick up another partition in install.
Have a wonderful day
once again if i am wrong then i appologize