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Old 04-06-2004, 10:47 PM   #1
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Help I can't open Win Partitions in Linux

I installed Mandrake Linux 9.1 and I am also using Windows XP Pro on the hard drive (dual boot). In the past, I have had no problem with this, because this is like the 3rd or 4th time I have installed both.

When I boot up into Linux and try to access any other partition that has a Windows FAT32 format, it says error and brings up this weird looking query from At first I thought it might have been the filename of a website I saved once. So I searched for a google .html file and deleted it. Well, it still did the same thing, and even other partitions did it. Wtf? I am lost and burning cds just to access my other files on Linux is annoying, time consuming and unnecessary.

If anybody knowledgeable could help me, I'd appreciate it.
Old 04-06-2004, 11:04 PM   #2
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wow, lets try something easy. first lets make sure what type of partition you are trying to mount. go to a root command prompt fdisk /dev/hda where hda is the harddrive it is on, hda = 1st hdb is 2nd so on for each primary then slave. Now when fdisk comes up press p. then look for your fat32. betcha press q. it's not fat32 but it may be. now mount -t "insert type of drive found in fdisk" /dev/hda1 /windows where windows is the directory you want to mount to. and hda is the harddrive and partition that you want to mount and -t is the type. now what is the error. If it is Fat32 is not supported by kernel. then you need to recompile your kernel. by the way are you doing this from an xterm? if so switch to a tty with <ctl><alt><F2> then try it again. sometimes xterm can mess with things.
Old 04-07-2004, 01:12 AM   #3
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Ok, I'm a complete newb to Linux. What's an xterm? I have learned a little. I just went to and downloaded a modem driver so I can connect through Linux. I am going to have to copy it to a floppy (why waste a cd on 600 some kb?) just to get it to Linux first.

Then while I can dial up (if I succeed before it gets too late) I can access this forum.

Btw, before I try it and discover something difficult, do you have any tips on installing a modem driver? Thanks.


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