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Old 05-13-2001, 11:59 AM   #1
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I just got Red Hat Linux yesterday (version 7.1) and Iinstalled it and everything. It works fine, but I have a few questions:

1. I realized that during the partitioning of my Harddrive, I deleted Windows, and I cant seem to get it re-installed, cause I want to dual-boot between Windows and Linux, so how would I re-install Windows, and set it up to be able to dual boot?

2. I want to make the partition on my hard drive for Linux bigger that what it is now. How can I make the Linux (root or whatever) partition bigger?

3. How exactly do I open programms from KDE? I downloaded the AOL instant messanger Linux version, and installed it and all, and I can just doub;e click on it from Gnome and it opens, but when I try this from KDE, it doesn't open. Im probably just pretty dumb, but how do you open it?

Well, thats all I think, so thanks for any help!
Old 05-14-2001, 04:28 AM   #2
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How are your partitions set up, what sizes are they?
Did you reserve a partition for windows?
Which program did you use for partitioning, fdisk, fips, partition magic...?

I'm not sure how windows installation will work on a partitioned disk but I think that MS will occupy the first partition on the first ide drive, alt. the first fat/fat32 partition on the first ide drive.
I recently did a reinstall of my windows and everything worked fine, no trouble (except for windows ).
My first partition happens to be my windows part. so I can't tell how.
Before you start make sure you have a linux boot disk at hand, since windows will overwrite your Master Boot Record. This doesn't have to be a problem.
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Before you start re-formatting, re-sizeing, re-installing, etc, go to your '/mnt' directory and check to see if there's a subdirectory (folder in WinSpeak) called 'windows' or 'win_c' or something? If there is, then you've not deleted your Windows partition! If there's a little padlock over the icon (in KDE's Konqueror) then you won't be able to access it. Look for other threads here about 'mounting' drives/file systems. At a quick guess, if you type (from a terminal window): mount vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows (substituting the 'windows' part for the above directory, and the 'hda1' part for the partition on which windows should reside, ). This will only work if the above directory exists and if windows is installed! If this works, read about mounting and about your 'fstab'. You can skip the next bit, if it worked. Below is stuff about running programs in KDE!

So long as one of your partitions is formatted as FAT16/FAT32 (commonly known as VFAT) you can install Windows onto it. However, if you want it to run at anything of it full potential (ahem!), it must occupy the 1st partition (which, obviously must be VFAT).

Before I learnt exactly what the Master Boot Record was, in order to remove Linux (which was a bad idea, but I needed the HD space ) I installed Windows over the Linux partition (after changing it's filesystem back to VFAT) and then had a system that did boot, but ran like a deformed puppy!

If you've not got any files of great importance, and you've got some time to spare (like, a long time) then:
  • Boot from your RH installation CD and remove all partitions from your HD.
  • Repartition as much as you will, but make sure that Windows' 'C drive' is the first partition. All others (Linux Natives & SWAP) come after it/them!
  • Quit the RH installation! DO NOT INSTALL LINUX YET
  • Install Windows.
  • Install Linux.
  • Make sure you do make a Linux boot disk.
  • Install Lilo/Grub/Whatever into the MBR.
  • Sit back and enjoy!

You can install Linux 1st, but then when you install Windows it overwrites the MBR and you will need to use your boot disk to get into Linux and then re-install Lilo into the MBR. Some people do it this way, but if you're going to reinstall Linux anyway, why make more of a hassle of it?


As for opening programs under KDE - make sure that they are 'eXecutable' by that user. Under Windows files may have the attributes:
Read Only
System and

Under Linux files have have eXecute. They also have 'owners'. If you're trying to run a program from within KDE, right-click on it (from Konqueror) and check the file-permissions. If you've not got permission to 'eXecute' it, then you must log on as the user that created the file (maybe root?). Now that you're the 'owner' you should be able to run the program, but try changing the permissions for all the other users. It's not safe to be using your machine as 'root' all the time!

You can do this with the 'chmod' command (from a terminal window), but you might have to read about it first. From a terminal window, type 'man chmod' (without the quotes).

Good luck with it all, and sorry about the number of smilies, went a bit overboard ( ).


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