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Old 09-09-2004, 04:23 AM   #1
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Unhappy How do you uninstall mandrake linux 10?

I have lately installed mandrake 10 and i have decided that i dont like it so i bought suse linux 9.1 pro to install instead. but i cannot uninstall mandrake. AND suse wont boot from cd for some reason, can anyone tell me how to uninstall mandrake and start all over?
Old 09-09-2004, 05:03 AM   #2
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Did you check your BIOS settings on startup to see if its set to boot from disc? I can't think of any reason why a disc wouldn't boot...
Old 09-09-2004, 05:28 AM   #3
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The best way to uninstall Mandrake is to first use a Windows 98 or ME cd, then just start up the system with "BOOT FROM CDROM" active in BIOS. Select option 3, to boot without cdrom support.

At the a:\ prompt, type:
FDISK/MBR and press Enter

after that, boot with the SUSE cd and format the drive with Mandrake on it.

Hope it helps, that's the way I would do it.
Old 09-09-2004, 05:30 AM   #4
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Sorry, almost forgot. I don't know if you know this, so please don't take offence.

The FDISK/MBR command basically clears your master boot record and removes the linux boot loader.
Old 09-09-2004, 11:10 AM   #5
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I know a good thing. it has it as a signature one guy, 'rm -rf /" it erases everything after /. you lose everything.

I put on suse 3 times or more. one of them I went on the home window, got up to root folder and select everything then deleted.

do it only if you want to erase everything. the other way, is to put the installation disk and from there somewhere asks if it must format or not the drive (i don't remember, it manually selection for the drive things)


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