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Old 11-22-2006, 10:37 AM   #1
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Need help getting Linux off my hdd

so i'm going to be switching distros in the near future because puppy did not suit my needs.

i installed puppy linux on a second partition. and i put the grub files in that partition, and put it in MBR. how can i clean all this up and prepare my system for a newcomer?
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You shouldn't have to; just install the new version over
the top of puppy, and make sure its bootloader installs into
MBR as well.

Old 11-22-2006, 11:17 AM   #3
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Just install the next distro over the top of the old one. The files will be lost when the partition is formatted. There is a risk that if there is a problem you'll have to reinstall puppy just to fix grub, but hopefully you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by Andrew Benton
There is a risk that if there is a problem you'll have to reinstall puppy just to fix grub, but hopefully you'll be fine.

That would be my biggest concern right there. When you do your install, it will overwrite all your puppy files.

If you have access to a XP disk, insert the disk, and reboot to allow the PC to boot to the Windows install process.... Continue through as it does its detecting, and when asked for the type of install, choose Repair(R). This will take you to a Dos C: prompt.

FIXMBR- Clears the Master Boot record of C:. You'll get a warning that all data is about to be lost, etc, but if you're going to be doing a clean install of a new version of Linux, the data is no issue. Choose Y to accept the change

FIXBOOT- Clears the Boot sector and writes a new boot partition. You'll get a similar warning as above when you execute this command. Choose Y to accept.

This should completley erase Grub/Lilo from your system, so there will be no bootloader.

Type exit at the prompt to reboot. Note, if you're dual booting with Windows, the PC will just proceed to Windows upon restarting. If you're not dual booting, you might be some error message. Insert whatever new Linux CD you plan on installing into the drive, and boot to install process. It should reinstall grub or lilo when you do your new install.

Speaking of the FIXBOOT/FIXMBR commands. Does anyone know where to get a copy of those commands, w/o using a Windows XP disk? I figured the commands would be on a FreeDos disk, but it doesn't appear they are.

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i just installed ubuntu over puppy no problem.

please delete this thread.
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