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Old 08-01-2004, 12:37 AM   #1
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Angry Linux installed but missing!

Hi guys! Looks like I'm in a big mess!First of all i started of with two partitons on my comp.One a C: bootable drive(with XP) and a non bootable D: drive (with 98)!So decided to install linux on the non bootable D: drive.Selected it using Disk Druid and created a mounting point /.It gave me a warning that I havent made a "swap" mounting point.Ignored that and continued installing.Rebooted the comp after that.Now all I get is OS select page,where Xp which is loaded on C: works.Linux is not listed there.The 98 which was installed on D: is not working and the whole (20GB) of D: drive is missing (not found in Xp!I'm not able to boot linux using floppy as it bypasses that and goes to the windows XP select OS page!Now what am I supposed to do?And where the hell is linux? Can u tell me how to make a bootable CD so that I can boot using that?Will it interfere with XP?I selected the MBR to be installed on the D drive partition itself.HELP.
Using windows XP on C:; Linux on (God knows where) D:;and probably a destroyed windows 98 on lost D: drive!
Old 08-01-2004, 01:01 AM   #2
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You no longer have windows 98 on that second drive... if you put linux on the whole drive. You are going to need to do a reinstall because you need a swap partition anyway.

Once you have reinstalled make sure grub or lilo is installed on the MBR of your first harddrive -- with windows.
Old 08-01-2004, 11:44 AM   #3
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Hallo rsad_rao! I'll do my best to help you with your problem though I'm pretty much a Linux newbie myself.But that's what this forum section is all about,I suppose.

That said,let's go on to your problem.First off I can tell you that yes,your Windows 98 installation is gone.What you did during your Linux installation,when you skipped creating a swap partition,was to create a single Linux partition across the entire second hard drive (or logical drive),and that won't work.

What you need to do first of all is to reformat your D: drive with Disk Druid during the Linux installation.Look for any Linux partition,it should show up automatically.If it doesn,you have to delete it manually,in order to be able top set up a proper set of partitions to host your Linux distribution.
Is your D: (in Windows) a separate physical hd or a extended partition&logical drive?
If it's a separate physical hd,the current non-operable Linux partition probably resides on hdb1.If D: is an extended partition&logical drive on your first physical hd,the non-operable Linux partition probably resides on partition hda2,whereas hda is the first physical hd and hda1 is the first partition on that hd,hda2 is the second and so on.The second physical hd is hdb and the first partition on that drive is hdb1 and so on...

With that crash course in the Linux partition system out of the way,let's move on.As I wrote,you need to create a proper set of partitions with Disk Druid,to host your Linux distribution.During installation,create a Linux swap partition that's about twice the size of your amount of RAM,and a Linux native partition that covers up the rest of the drive and mount it at the root (/).If you want to,you can create two Linux native partitions and mount the second as a separate folder for example (/varfiles).That way you won't lose the files in that folder&partition even if you have to make a complete reinstall of the Linux distribution.

I think that's all you need to know to prepare the installation of your Linux system.If you run into more problems,just drop me a message.

Also,if possible,install Lilo in the MBR of hda.

Good luck!

Last edited by matruschka; 08-01-2004 at 12:02 PM.


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