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Well, here's the low-down. I HAD upgraded red hat 7.0 on my computer to 7.1. First off, that was a mistake, so basically what i tried to do was go back and reinstall 7.0. That didn't work because it kept looking for the module dependencies of kernel 2.4 and it said it was running kernel 2.4 but everything in 7.0 is configured for kernel 2.2. So when i loaded up 7.0, i had no modules loaded up, which means no sound, no internet, etc. So i went back to windows, started up partition magic, and got an idea, if i delete and reformat the linux native partition, than i can reinstall 7.0 like its brand new. Unfotunately, the same exact thing as before happened after i reinstalled. Does anyone have any advice for my "down"-grading project?
what about your MBR? if could be linked there, try fdisk /MBR then try to reinstall Linux. Not sure though, if you reformated all the drives for linux but the MBR, that is the only thing I can think of that would cause that.
i don't think you can.. you can only at the command line in either windows or linux fdisk /MBR, it wipes it out if you have lilo there or windows will recreate itself if you wipe it out and boot into windows.
Originally posted by juagut how exactly do i access the /mbr partition if all i have is / partition?
The Master Boot Record isn't a partiton, but it is a special area of the disk, which you do not access directly.
I think you might be misinterpreting trickykid's response- "/MBR" in this case doesn't refer to an MBR directory or partition; it is a switch (option) passed to the fdisk command. In this case, "/" doesn't indicate the root directory, it's the DOS syntax for telling a command that what follows it is an option to that command (the Linux equivalent would be the hyphen). So in this case, "fdisk /MBR" tells fdisk to run, rewrite the Master Boot Record (without altering any partitions), and quit.