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Old 05-22-2003, 11:06 PM   #1
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Question Red Hat LInux UPDATE QUESTIONS - PLEASE HELP ME!


I really need your help.

I did a dual booting 6 months ago with Win XP & RH Linux 8.0 Professional by using Partition Magic.

Last night I went to RH's site & did the update for the first time. I selected all without reading the content of the update. While the files being downloaded, I discovered that I don't need most of the stuff because they are KDE foreign languages support. The files are huge as it took me about 4 hours to finish the whole downloading. I am using a 384Kbps broadband.

Today when I log in into my PC, I was surprised to discover that there are now 2 versions of RH Linux installed. This is what 's written in my grub loader:

Red Hat 2.4.20-13.8
Red Hat 2.4.18-14
Windows XP


Which version is my original version of RH? Is it 2.4.18-14 ? Sorry, to ask this question because I hardly use Linux. Is this an update of my RH Linux or is it a new installation of RH Linux with a new partition?

I alllocated 7 GB for Red Hat Linux in my HD. 3GB has been taken by RH Linux. Does that mean another 3GB has been taken by the latest update of RH? If this is true, then that means I have only 1GB left.

How to undo this?

I log in to Win XP & discovered that my Partition Magic 8.0 is no longer working. I received error message that the software could not recognize the drive letter. How to correct this error? Do I have to uninstall & reinstall Partition Magic again? After installing Partition Magic again, will it recognize my Linux partition originally created with Partition Magic?

This really worry me as I don't have the time to reformat my PC again. Please tell me what to do as I am Linux illiterate.

Thanks for answering my questions.
 
Old 05-22-2003, 11:38 PM   #2
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whew...

No no no! RH hasn't reinstalled itself, these are merely new kernels (cores of the OS). Anyway, your original kernel is 2.4.18-4 for RH8.

Now as for PM8...I have no clue. I'd try reinstalling the thing, but in my estimation it's a crappy program. What're you trying to do with it though?
 
Old 05-22-2003, 11:50 PM   #3
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I used Partition Magic 8.0 to create a partition in my Win XP to install Linux. That is why I am worried that if I reinstall it, it will not recognize the partition created for Linux.
 
Old 05-23-2003, 12:11 AM   #4
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ah, if you reinstall PM8! I see now. No, that shouldn't be a prolem. The reason being that partition information is written onto the drive itself (into the partition table). All PM does is read that table and put it into nice, guized form...and of course, edit that table when you want to.
 
Old 05-23-2003, 08:18 AM   #5
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I could login into both version that is

Red Hat 2.4.20-13.8
Red Hat 2.4.18-14

How come RHL did not overwrite the old version? Is there anyway I could edit this to make it only the latest version appear in my grub loader?
 
Old 05-23-2003, 08:33 AM   #6
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as root open an editor
open /etc/grub.conf
Comment out the lines for your old RH Kernel (using the '#')
Save grub.conf

On next reboot the old kernel will not be listed.

(It's worth commenting out rather than deleting the old lines as you can then go back if there are any problems)
 
Old 05-23-2003, 10:49 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by XavierP
as root open an editor
open /etc/grub.conf
Comment out the lines for your old RH Kernel (using the '#')
Save grub.conf

On next reboot the old kernel will not be listed.

(It's worth commenting out rather than deleting the old lines as you can then go back if there are any problems)
XavierP is correct... commenting out is recomended rather than deleting... so you can go back if there are any problems or when errors occurs with your new Kernel...

Last edited by jt1020; 05-23-2003 at 10:50 AM.
 
  


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