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Old 05-31-2005, 12:46 AM   #1
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Please help me with this


Hi all. My husband is taking a Linux class and got a linux disk in his book.
I have Windows XP on my C drive and I placed Linux on my D drive.
Everything installed perfectly.
I wanted to remove linux from my D drive so that I could place it on my C drive and dual boot.
However, I have taken out one of the linux partitions on the D drive......the main partition with linux is still there.....I am typing from the D drive now. So linux is still operational.

However, when I place the linux disk in the CD-ROM drive it does not read the disk.....it boots normal. A volume icon has been placed on the desktop and the word "Heidelberg" appears beside it.

I cannot delete this icon because it says that it is a volume icon. I do NOT know how to get linux off my D drive and I am almost in tears......Do I need to buy a whole new drive?

Please help.

Thanks,
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Old 05-31-2005, 12:50 AM   #2
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No, you do not have to buy a whole new drive at all.

Go into your Bios and set your first boot device to your cd rom drive instead of your hardrive. (that way it boots from the cd first), it should give you the option of reformating your drive in the installation.
 
Old 05-31-2005, 12:51 AM   #3
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Thank you. I will try that and post back immediately with the result...

The volume that I deleted was /dev/hda1
The remainder of the linux is on /dev/hda2

Thank you for the advice.......will post back in a few...

Thanks again,
EvilPersuasions
 
Old 05-31-2005, 01:07 AM   #4
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rebooted....still probs

I changed my bios to boot from CD-rom

I chose to install in graphical mode
I chose hda as the MBR and hda1 as the 1st sector of the boot partition.

I received a message that said " No kernel package installed.....boot loader config not changed. Please reboot."

I need to get linux off this drive......any help would be greatly appreciated...

Thank you,
EvilPersuasions
 
Old 05-31-2005, 01:20 AM   #5
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Well, "Heidelberg" tells me that you are attempting to install Fedora Core 3; is that correct?

If so, then during the install, when asked about were to what kind of install you would like (desktop, server, custom, workstation) chose custom. After that you should be asked how you would like to partition your system. If you choose automatic, there should be an option to remove all linux partitions. I, personally, would feel more comfortable going with the 'Manually Partition with Disk Druid" method instead of automatic and remove the partitions myself. To do that, you must know which partitions are which though, lest you end up installing Windows again.
Hope this helps.
 
Old 05-31-2005, 01:59 AM   #6
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Hi volvogga, agryan, and all,
I did indeed install Fedora Core 3.
I went back and tried to do as you said.

1.) I rebooted from Cd-rom
2.) I chose Custom.....and used Disk Druid to manually partition
3.) I clicked on /dev/hda and deleted /dev/hda1......I then deleted VolumeGroup00......and then it let me delete /dev/hda2
4.) I restarted the computer in XP (from the C drive.........linux is on the D drive)
5.) I tried to reformat the D drive from XP's command prompt......It was a no go
6.) I tried restarting the computer from the D drive.......with the Windows disk in the drive....it was a no go
7.) The D drive still loads Fedora Core 3......

What do I need to do?

Once again, Thank you for your help......I will get there I promise

Thanks again,
EvilPersuasions
 
Old 05-31-2005, 02:07 AM   #7
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A few questions for you....
What do the partitions look like on each disk (including total disk size, partition sizes, and free space if you have it)?
What errors did you get when you tried to format?
If you got into disk druid and removed the partitons in question, then why didn't you create the new ones that you need right then and there and continue with the install?
What do you want your partitions to look like when you are done (what OS each partition will have and if you will have a general data partition (remember that to have Windows and Linux be able to write to the same data partition, it must be FAT32))?

I'm afraid I do not see exactly what you are attempting to do, so I need a bit more info. Sorry.
 
Old 05-31-2005, 03:14 AM   #8
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If you just want to completly format your D: boot up your comp. in DOS mode (use a startup disk if needed), type d: and then format d:,

alternativly when you boot from CD rom (atleast with Windows CD) it should give you the option to reformat any of your Drives, you can also choose which drive to install the operating system to.
 
Old 05-31-2005, 03:31 AM   #9
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volvogga and agryan,

Thank you so much for your help.

Here is what I did:

1.) I booted the computer from the C Drive (my xp drive)

2.) When I tried to reformat the D drive from the cmd prompt in XP I kept getting the error,
"Error in IOCTL call"

3.) I then rebooted the computer using the cd-rom with the Linux cd

4.) My drives were:
/dev/hda size: 38167
/dev/hdb size: 78160

5.) I went through the setup and got to where I could delete all the partitions but it wouldn't
save the changes. It also would not let me create a Fat32 partition. It kept saying that I had
to create a mount a linux file system such as /boot or /root etc. I was not able to use vfat
and / as an option.

6.) I then restarted the computer using removable drives first and the cd-rom as second....

7.) I used fdisk and it gave me the option to show all fixed drives.
In this option I was able to see that my C drive (12624 MB) was listed as #1 and my D
drive (38162MB) was listed as #2.

8.) I was able to delete the Non-dos partitions on #2, setup a logical dos partition and format
the drive........WOOHOO!!!!!


The D drive is formatted, but still is without an O/S for the moment.

My ultimate goal is to place linux on the C drive......the xp drive......by using the free software offered on the gnu website called gnu parted to place linux on the free space of that drive.

Is this possible?

Thank you so much,
EvilPersuasions

P.S.
Sorry it took so long to write back but I documented every step I took
 
Old 05-31-2005, 03:59 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by EvilPersuasions

My ultimate goal is to place linux on the C drive......the xp drive......by using the free software offered on the gnu website called gnu parted to place linux on the free space of that drive.

Is this possible?

Thank you so much,
EvilPersuasions

P.S.
Sorry it took so long to write back but I documented every step I took [/B]
you mean just installing linux on your c:? , when you place your linux CD in your drive and boot up it shuld install onto it ( c: being your prim. drive, or it will give you an option ofthe 2).

I dont know if ive been much help buti said what i could
 
Old 05-31-2005, 04:03 AM   #11
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thank you

You have been a wonderful help agryan

Thank you all so much for your help.

When I begin to learn more about linux I will try to return the favor by helping someone else.

Thank you again,
EvilPersuasions
 
  


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