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Old 01-24-2004, 05:35 PM   #1
Steven Brown
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Unhappy Os Prblems!!!

Hi I just bought a new desknote laptop computer. I tried to load windowsME on it but it wouldnt work so I installed the thizlinux os it came with. I dont like it at all and am still trying to get windowsME onto it. Do I need to take off thizlinux before I can put on WindowsME? If so PLEASE explain how. I am a newbie and am really confused. PLEASE help ASAP. Thankx
Old 02-01-2004, 03:16 PM   #2
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I moved your thread to Linux - General. Member Intro is a good place to say hallo, but questions should go to other forums. Then they have much bigger change for responses.

To have two OSes on one machine you need to make suse you have space for them both. It means - partitions. Linux can install then there's no partition for it, only free space, but WIndows requires a partition and it must be primary. To make space and partition for Windows you need to:
Run fdisk or any other graphical tool your distro offers to see if all the space is assigned to partitions or there's something left.
If there's no space left, you need to run parted and resize one (or more) of the linux partitions to get free space.
If there was free space or you created it, you need to create Windows partition - fdisk can do this. Only then you can try installing Windows.

Command reference (short):
fdisk /dev/hda
brings you to fdisk's command line. To see your partitions, press 'p'. Check if the sum of partition sizes in the 'Blocks' column is equal to the disk size (above). If it is, you have no free space.
parted - the option to resize is 'resize', but its' syntax is more compilacated. If you need to use it, read help or ask.
Old 12-14-2004, 12:34 PM   #3
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Re-install ThizLinux...

I have the opposite question...
When I purchased my PC it came with thisLinux V6.0 installed.
I reinstalled Windows 2000 on top of it. Now that I am interested on
using Linux, I went back and followed the direction on my user Manual trying
to re-install thisLinux back to my PC. But each time it failed with the
message "Could not allocate requested partitions: Partitioning Failed:
Could not allocate partitions as primary partitions. Press OK to
reboot your system".

It seems to me that that the auto installation is still reading my
Windows 2000 hard drive partitioning and unable to get any space out of
it... What can I do to overcome this? I have no desire to keep my
Windows 2000 OS any more so it is perfectly OK to wipe it out and re-install
from scratch...
Any ideas?
Old 12-15-2004, 03:47 PM   #4
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The installer can't allocate space not belonging to any partition. If you remove the Windows ones, it should run just fine. So how to do it: in Windows you should have 'fdisk' program. Use it to delete the partitions (all of them). Your Linux installer should also have a similar tool, probably you need to choose 'manual partitioning' or a similar option.

I'm not sure which distribution you refer to. If you mean RedHat Linux 6.0 you may thing about getting a newer one (there's very big difference).


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