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Old 10-23-2007, 04:25 PM   #1
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Question Can Fedora 7 be installed if you only have DSL and Win98 installed?


Hello:

I posted this question in the DSL forum as well, but had additional questions.
I have Windows 98 on Hda1 Partition and DSL on Hda2, with a 3 or 4 more partitions under extended. I wanted to Install Fedora from online by using the link...: http://www.howtoforge.com/unetbootin..._ubuntu_fedora
In there is a program Unetbootin that can install Fedora 7 from within Windows. But because I made the 98 partition too small (2gb), i'm kind of forced to use DSL (linux) to download and install Fedora 7. I actually tried the program from within windows 98 and rebooted my machine, but the dual boot option did not appear. I would use a CDrom, but it appears to be on it's last leg and I heard you can install Fedora 7 online this way. I'm very new to Linux, so the extracting of .sh packages is a little complex for me. The website above said that when you download the .sh package it should be self extracting within Linux.

Can I extract this type of package in DSL? I've heard there are various types of packages for Linux for various Distros (.rpm for Fedora, .deb for Ubuntu). I figured if I can extract the file from within DSL, it can alter my DSL Grub and include an option to install the Fedora 7.

Additional Question...: There is something wrong with my cdrom player, this is why i'm trying to install Fedora 7 online. I have it on a laptop, but Disk #1 stops in the middle of it's installation on my Desktop. I tried the Rescue CD and the Disk #1 to try and do a Network Install, but can't get the menu to come up. Is there a small .iso image I can get that will allow me to do an Network install of Fedora 7? Even if it is a simple link that would be good.
 
Old 10-23-2007, 04:46 PM   #2
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If you can get fedora installation to load then modify the kernel options or boot options and put "linux askmethod". This will proceed with installation and allow you to install from the internet
 
Old 10-24-2007, 10:41 AM   #3
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Unhappy Thanks that did it but...

Hey thanks that did it, but i'm having trouble with my hard drive. It's 60gb, but the Fedora install fails when it comes time to create the partitions. Something about a label error. I ran a scan disk on it from windows 98 it is had a ton of bad sectors in one area. I got tired of hitting "Fix It", 100 times. Is there some Linux boot Utility that can fix Bad Sectors on a Hard Drive quickly? I tried repartitioning, formatting through Fdisk in Dos and Gparted, still didn't work.
 
Old 10-24-2007, 11:00 AM   #4
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bad sectors means your hard drive is going bad. Go to google and search for "drive fitness test". It's made by IBM. Download the cd iso and burn it. Stick it in your cdrom drive and reboot your pc. Boot from the cd (you can enable this in your BIOS) and choose advanced test as opposed to quick test. When you first boot from it, it will ask if you want to load IDE or SCSI drivers, choose IDE. This will tell you if you have a defective hard drive. If so, there's no utility to fix those logical errors. You'll need a new hard drive. The closest you could get would be to use fsck while booted from a linux recovery cd on the hard drive to mark those sectors bad. But it'll probably continue getting worse and would be pointless.
 
Old 10-28-2007, 12:13 AM   #5
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Found another solution...

Ok, I kind of gave up on the Fedora 7 install for now. I was more concerned about making some progress with the hard drive itself. I installed Windows XP and wiped out the partitions. I decided to use ntfs format and partitioned the first 15 gigs of the 60gb hard drive. Previously Fedora would just stop on the install. But good news... Windows XP installed properly. I'm installing Xubuntu now on the 4th partition of the hard drive and it looks like i'll have a good install. What i'll try next is netbootin to install Fedora on Window Xps partition. I'll run Fedora 7 through that partition and will try moving it over to another partition program lvmp or somehting like that. But my theory is that by me formating the first partition with ntfs, it seems to set the standard for fedora and xubuntu to be installed properly. I say this because I tried installing xubuntu before on this same machine and it froze up and wouldn't let me install it. So I think i'm on the right track. Maybe it doesn't mean much to anyone else, but I makde progress by forgmating the first partition of my harddrive to ntfs. Thanks for all of your help.
 
  


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